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THE LITTLE SCIENTISTS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED AND FUNDED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING THROUGH THE NATIONAL INNOVATION AND SCIENCE AGENDA.


About Little Scientists

Little Scientists Australia is a not-for-profit professional development program for early childhood educators and teachers combining inquiry-based learning with age-appropriate STEM exploration (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

We are dedicated to amplify children’s natural curiosity and to ignite their passion for lifelong learning.

Our overarching goal is to improve access to high quality education for all children from an early age and to ensure the competitiveness of Australia’s workforce in the future.

To discover the joy of STEM, children need to be provided the opportunity to explore the world in a nurturing and playful setting that boosts their natural eagerness to learn. We believe this is best done by encouraging an active learning environment, where early childhood educators and teachers are learning facilitators and the children undertake the actual learning, problem-solving, exploration and research themselves.

We offer workshops that empower educators and teachers working with children from 3 to 6 years of age to explore STEM with confidence and joy. Our hands-on workshops provide a range of tools and educational concepts that support the implementation of child-led discovery and research. To make scientific exploration as accessible as possible, all our workshops are built around using existing, low-cost, everyday materials.

The Little Scientists program includes a series of workshops, each with the emphasis on a specific STEM topic and educational concept, beginning with the foundation workshop exploring Water. Through every additional workshop, the participant’s confidence with respect to inquiry-based STEM learning grows, as they – step-by-step – continue to expand their knowledge and take on additional teaching strategies. Each year we introduce new STEM workshops to provide a holistic professional development program.

At each workshop, the participants receive supportive educational material providing background information on the topic, scientific facts and a variety of stimuli to encourage daily scientific research. Afterwards, the educators can immediately implement age-appropriate STEM exploration with the children in their care, enabling STEM literacy and enthusiasm for research and discovery.
Click here to find out more about our workshop program and topics.


Become a certified Little Scientists House

Every service or school in Australia working with children from 3 to 6 years of age can join our program and participate in our workshops. Additionally, we offer the opportunity to become a certified Little Scientists House. This entitles you to your own Little Scientists Certification plaque, and the benefit of ensuring parents that your service or school is dedicated to inquiry-based STEM learning.

Early STEM education is prioritized and supported through the Australian Government Department of Education and Training’s Australian National Innovation and Science Agenda.


Join our Program as a Network Partner

At Little Scientists, we promote an active learning environment for our 3-6 year olds that supports the rapid brain development taking place during these formative years. The more children have daily access to active STEM exploration, the more we can ensure inquisitive, problem-solving, and confident future generations.

If your organisation is interested in in helping to further grow our program across Australia by delivering Little Scientists workshop in your local area, please get in touch to discuss a network partnership with us.


Corporate and Strategic Partners

Little Scientists Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with a strong belief in social progress. Our program paves the way for future generations to be better prepared for unknown challenges in STEM areas and beyond. If your organisation or company is passionate about Corporate Social Responsibility and wish to work with us on improving our children’s future opportunities, in both a global and local market, please get in touch with us.


Background

Little Scientists Australia is based on the successful work of the German Foundation “Haus der kleinen Forscher”, established in 2006. The development of workshops and materials by “Haus der kleinen Forscher” draws on current knowledge in developmental psychology, learning research, early education and didactics. http://www.haus-der-kleinen-forscher.de

In addition, the foundation has incorporated numerous empirical findings and content-based recommendations accumulated during trainer workshops, regular preschool visits and observations made in the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” Foundation’s local networks in Germany over the past ten years.

The OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) Governing Board has recommended Little Scientists as an exemplary initiative for innovative teaching in its report “Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning”, released in April 2012.

FROEBEL is a leading not-for-profit provider of bilingual education and care services in Australia, Germany, Turkey and Poland with a strong commitment to excellence and best practice in early childhood education. Following the success of integrating the Little Scientists inquiry-based learning approach in a large number of FROEBEL education and care services in Germany, FROEBEL Australia initiated a partnership with the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” Foundation in 2013 and is proud to bring the Little Scientists program to children and educators across Australia. https://www.froebel.com.au


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