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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.


LITTLE SCIENTISTS CONFERENCE 2017

We invite you to our Little Scientists Conference 2017. A one day event aimed at early childhood educators and teachers working with children aged 3-6 years old. Join us to discover that everyone can have fun with scientific exploration and STEM using everyday affordable and recycled materials.

DATE: Tue. 26 September 2017
TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm AEST
LOCATION: Abbotsford Convent, 1 Saint Heliers Street, Melbourne, VIC 3067 | VIEW MAP

PRICE: $120

In an action-packed day, you will:

  • Find out how everyone can ignite young children’s passion for scientific exploration with the Little Scientists educational approach, linked to inquiry-based learning and the EYLF.
  • Discover how STEM subjects can be implemented in a joyful and child-led approach.
  • Listen to our inspiring keynote speakers Dr Kate Highfield and Marcus Veerman, sharing their amazing insights.
  • Engage in our exciting hands-on workshops that are linked to inquiry-based learning. Each workshop covers a specific STEM topic and educational concept.
  • Spend the day with like-minded professionals exploring and having fun.

You have the choice to participate in one of the following workshop options:

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1. WATER

Explore water with all senses, investigate the different aggregate states and test the solubility of various substances. Discover how to implement joyful STEM exploration, and learn about the educational concepts of inquiry-based learning and co-construction.

This workshop entitles you to the Little Scientists Water certificate.

Important: Every Little Scientists educational journey begins with our foundation workshop Water. Once completed you are invited to continue our professional development program in any workshop order you wish.

 

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2. ENGINEERING

Important: You must have attended our Water workshop before you can attend our Engineering Workshop.

Explore forces and effects: invent, design and construct. Discover your inner engineer and find out how to encourage children’s technical thinking process in an active learning environment.

This workshop topic continues to build on your knowledge from previous learning, deepening your insights into the concepts of inquiry-based learning, metacognition, and co-construction.

This workshop entitles you to the Little Scientists Engineering certificate.

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3. TASTER WORKSHOP

WATER
AIR
OPTICS

If you would like to get a better understanding how we implement inquiry-based learning in a co-constructed environment across our various workshop topics, then this is a golden opportunity to explore elements of our topics: Water, Air and Optics.

Please be informed that the taster workshop does NOT entitle you to a Little Scientists workshop certificate.

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4. TASTER WORKSHOP

ENGINEERING
MATHEMATICS
HUMAN BODY

If you would like to get a better understanding how we implement inquiry-based learning in a co-constructed environment across our various workshop topics, then this is a golden opportunity to explore elements of our new topics: Engineering, Mathematics and Human Body.

Please be informed that the taster workshop does NOT entitle you to a Little Scientists workshop certificate.

Meet our conference key note speakers:

Marcus Veerman

Marcus Veerman is the Founder and CEO of the not-for-profit organisation PlaygroundIdeas.org.

PlaygroundIDEAS is an organisation that supports anyone, anywhere to build a stimulating space for play using only local materials, tools and skills. Marcus has helped build 1000 playgrounds across 75 countries, giving thousands of children access to the educational power of play…

Kate Highfield

Dr Kate Highfield is a senior lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology. 

Kate’s research and work include the use of technology for learning and play and on the use of technology as a tool to enhance learning, child-led investigations and problem-solving.

Kate’s keynote topic at the Little Scientists Conference 2017 is:
STEM in the digital age

EDUCHANGE WEEK 2017

Our one day Little Scientists Conference 2017 is held in connection to the Educhange Week. Little Scientists Australia is a partner of, and exhibitor at the education festival Educhange Week (25th-29th Sept) and the two day flagship conference event EC17 (27th-28th Sept) held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.

In addition to our Little Scientist Conference, we are attending EC17 with our own Little Scientists exhibition stand and look forward to meeting and engaging with you.

If you are interested in attending the Educhange Week and/or EC17 you can buy an all access pass tickets for the entire week or a two day EC17 ticket covering a variety of events. For more information and to buy your Educhange Week and/or EC17 ticket visit:
 www.educhange.com.au

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LITTLE SCIENTISTS WORKSHOP OVERVIEW 2017

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WATER

Explore water with all senses, investigate the different aggregate states and test the solubility of various substances. Discover how to implement joyful STEM exploration, and learn about the educational concepts of inquiry-based learning and co-construction.

Important: Every Little Scientists educational journey begins with the Water workshop. Once completed you are invited to continue our empowering development program in any workshop order you wish.

 

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AIR

Bring fresh air into the room, catch soap bubbles and experience that air is so much more than ‘nothing’. Develop ideas for a co-constructed learning environment and explore questions that encourage children’s metacognitive thinking.

This workshop topic continues to build on previous learning, deepening your insights into the concepts of inquiry-based learning, metacognition and co-construction.

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ENGINEERING

Explore forces and effects: invent, design and construct. Discover your inner engineer and find out how to encourage children’s technical thinking process in an active learning environment.

This workshop topic continues to build on your knowledge from previous learning, deepening your insights into the concepts of inquiry-based learning, metacognition, and co-construction.

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OPTICS

Enjoy a day full of lights, colours and optical illusions. Explore the land of mirrors, colourful shadows and nature’s paint palette. Learn about project work and collect ideas for child-led projects that scaffold the children’s learning and development.

This workshop topic continues to build on your knowledge from previous learning, deepening your insights into the concepts of inquiry-based learning, metacognition, and co-construction.

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MATHEMATICS

Explore shape and space, symmetry, solids, surfaces and symbols. Experience how the magic of mathematics is hidden in everyday life. Learn about, and how to encourage the development of abstract thought processes.

This workshop topic continues to build on your knowledge from previous learning, deepening your insights into the concepts of inquiry-based learning, metacognition, and co-construction.

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HUMAN BODY

Learn about the fascinating functions of our bodies and organs, muscles, skeleton and joints. Discover how to use different prototypes and models, and learn about the development of our sense of self.

This workshop topic continues to build on your knowledge from previous learning, deepening your insights into the concepts of inquiry-based learning, metacognition, and co-construction.

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