Speaking Science

Posted on April 26, 2023

Dr. Lucia Mendez demonstrating her Bilingualtek project.

Bilingualtek project integrates language and science learning. “Language is so important for science learning because in order to even think about science concepts, you also need the words.” Sitting criss-cross in a circle, five preschoolers reach out to touch pieces of fabric their teacher spreads in front of them.

As the children pat the leather, denim, and cotton, she starts a conversation about which they like best. “Do you wear clothes that feel like these fabrics?” she asks.

The teacher then shows her students a turkey baster filled with water. “What do you think will happen if we get the fabrics wet?” she wonders aloud. In a matter of minutes, she introduces her students to two new words: “absorb” and “repel.”