April 29th – 30th, 2022
STEAM for Young Children: Critical T(h)inkering is a 2-day virtual international conference hosted by Ontario Tech University on April 29th and 30th, 2022. With a focus on incorporating STEAM in the early years (ECE through Grade 3), this conference will be a professional learning experience on creativity, engineering, science, and math for early childhood and primary educators.
Full conference participants will receive a digital badge authenticating their attendance from the STEAM-3D Maker Lab.
Conference registration is now open!
Review your registration options here.
The aim of the Critical T(h)inkering conference is to bring together professionals with a range of experience teaching with STEAM in the early years. To accomplish this goal, we sought a diverse range of presentations on the themes of “STEAMing with Inquiry”, “STEAMing with Projects”, and “STEAMing with Play”.
The full conference program is now available! See below, or click here to download a copy of the most recent version.
There are multiple registration options for the Critical T(h)inkering conference:
- Register for a single day (either Friday or Saturday) for $50 CAD*
- Register for the full conference (Friday and Saturday) for $100 CAD*
- Register for the full conference as a student for a discounted rate of
- $40 CAD*
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is this conference?
A professional learning experience on creativity, engineering, science, and math for early childhood and primary educators. We encourage new and innovative ideas, and while we have provided potential areas of focus, we welcome proposals outside of these suggestions if you feel it fits the conference topic and audience!
Who is the target audience?
This conference has been designed for early childhood educators, students in the area of early childhood education, and others interested in the use of STEAM and Critical T(h)inkering with children in their early years.
How much does it cost to attend?
It will cost $50 CAD* to register for a single day of the conference (either Friday or Saturday). To register for both days (Friday and Saturday) will cost $100 CAD*. Students qualify for a discounted rate of $40 CAD* for both days of the conference.
Where will the conference be held?
Critical T(h)inkering is an international conference that will be hosted virtually using the Zoom platform. We will not be using breakout sessions and encourage presenters to design their proposals to fully engage their entire audience.
When will the conference be held?
Critical T(h)inkering will take place on April 29th and 30th, 2022.
How can I follow conference updates?
To receive updates about the conference, click here to register for our mailing list and follow the hashtags #Thinkering and #Thinkering2022 on social media!
I have other questions!
Please feel free to email the conference organizers directly at email@example.com with your questions, comments, or concerns.
* Please note that an additional 1.62% processing fee will be applied during the registration process.