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PwC announces National Strategic Partnership with Little Scientists Australia.

Little Scientists Australia is excited and proud to announce that we have been chosen by PwC for a strategic relationship. As a not-for-profit organisation with the overarching objective of making high quality education accessible to all children we strongly identify with PwCs purpose ‘of building trust in society and solving important problems’.

‘We need better STEM content and skills development in the early years of education but it can be difficult to get support for spending because the economic payback doesn’t happen until the individual is through the education system and earning a wage. We’re working with Little Scientists to address the problem at the start’
PwC Managing Partner and STEM leader, Tony Peake.

Read the PwC News Release here:
PwC gives STEM a boost with Little Scientists & Teach for Australia

Little Scientists Project Advisory Group and Team 2016/2017

From left back row: Sissa Jonovski (Little Scientists/Marketing), Gillian Pratt (Project Advisory Group/Assistant Director, Early Learning & Languages Curriculum and Students with Disability Branch, Schooling Group, Australian Government Department of Education and Training), Prof. Hans-A. Bachor AM, (Project Advisory Group/Emeritus professor and Science Consultant), Jeremy Thorpe (Project Advisory Group/Partner PwC and Head of PwC’s NSW Government team), Heike Schneider (Little Scientists/Manager Network & Training), Olde Lorenzen (Project Advisory Group/ Managing Director FROEBEL Australia Limited
From left front row: Rebecca Jamieson (Little Scientists/Events), Sibylle Seidler (Little Scientists/Project Director), Leanne Gibbs (Project Advisory Group/Consultant Early Education and Public Policy),

Government funding announcement Feb 2016

For detailed information please read Media Release from Minister Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, click here.

Little Scientists on the ABC 7:30 Report

German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel met with FROEBEL Australia and Little Scientists in Sydney

Little Scientists and Froebel Australia Ltd had the wonderful opportunity to present our work in Australia to German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel on 17 November 2014 in Sydney. Thank you to Dr Angela Merkel for taking the time and to the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce for their support. Click here for our Press Release.

From left to right: Christine Schneyer, Little Scientists Project Manager, Olde Lorenzen, Managing Director FROEBEL Australia, Dr Angela Merkel, German Chancellor


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Happy Friday from Little Scientists!

How have your STEM activities been this week?
You know we're always here to help with your PD… if you need more confidence leading STEM at your service.
*Water – jump right in with all your senses
*Optics - lights, colours and optical illusions
*Engineering – discover the forces and effects
*Mathematics – shapes, space, symmetry, symbols
*Human Body – fascinating functions of our body
*Air – it’s so much more than nothing!
Full day workshops $112.50 pp which includes take-home, amazing educational material
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Fully funded early childhood workshops for educators based Melbourne’s West.
The Toyota Community Trust is funding professional development workshops to upskill 150 early childhood educators and teachers with inquiry-based STEM in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
To see if you qualify to apply, or to read more about the workshops, go to our website.
littlescientists.org.au/little-scientists-toyota-project/
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Congratulations to Shire Child Care Centres on becoming a Little Scientists House! Welcome to the Little Scientists family 🏡 Thanks too to Eleni Petinos MP ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations Bonnet Bay Child Care and Kirrawee Child Care on becoming a Little Scientists House. We are immensely proud to become a Little Scientists House. We firmly believe that together with our committed educators, teachers and early childhood professionals we can change the educational landscape of Australia To become a Little Scientists House our Centres have successfully engaged in daily scientific research with the children, documented their progress and attended ongoing professional development programs with Little Scientists Australia. It’s quite a rigorous process and we made it! Today we celebrated our achievements with Eleni Patinos (MP Miranda District) together with the centre’s children, families, our Educator team, friends and families. We all had the opportunity to explore the new science areas that have been recently designed and engaged in innovative and fun STEM experiences alongside the children at the service. One experience found children becoming paleontologists, exploring a dig site to find bones in the sandpit. It was exciting to find out that our official plaque was being awarded by Hayley Bates, Little Scientist Program Quality Coordinator who is in fact a paleontologist herself. Little Scientists is a not-for-profit professional development program to empower early childhood educators to amplify children’s natural curiosity and to actively include age appropriate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM] content in their educational work. It is supported and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the National Innovation and Science Agenda. The Little Scientists Houses facilitate programs to ignite children’s natural curiosity for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the early years.

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Steam into STEM! Thank you Rattler magazine and Community Early Learning Australia for explaining so clearly the practical ways services can go about introducing STEM topics with their Educators.
Read the article on page 32 of Issue 124 of Rattler.
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