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Early STEM Professional Development Program

Inquiry-based learning in STEM

Little Scientists provides affordable professional development workshops in STEM topics to early childhood educators and teachers.

The workshops aim to promote your confidence in recognising STEM learning opportunities and implementing playful, inquiry-based experiences in the children’s daily lives.

Covering a growing number of topics from Acoustics to Water and Computer Science to the Human Body, the workshops are run Australia-wide.

Our engaging play-based workshops are designed with you, the teacher in mind and previous knowledge is not required.

The training will provide you with a solid understanding and confidence in planning and implementing STEM learning in your service.

* STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics

NESA and TQI accreditation

Little Scientists workshops are endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficiency Teacher level. Each workshop counts as 5 hours and 30 minutes of PD.

Little Scientists Water, Air, Optics and Acoustics workshops are endorsed to provide TQI Registered Professional Development for teachers. Each workshop counts as 5 hours of PD.

Alignment to EYLF

Our professional development workshop program provides teachers and educators with a variety of tools and educational concepts to meet a range of requirements of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

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 STEM workshops

There are 10 STEM workshop topics to choose from. These include Chemical Reactions, Air, Mathematics, Computer Science, Water, Engineering, Human Body, Optics, Acoustics and Design and Technologies. Workshop information and bookings.

Chemical reaction logo

Air workshop logo - Cloud

Mathematics workshop logo - prism and sphere

Computer Science logo - memory card

Water workshop logo - rain drop in water

Engineering workshop logo - Catapalt

Human Body workshop logo - child illustration

Optics workshop logo - Eye

Acoustics workshop icon - Ear

Acoustics workshop icon - Ear

Hands-on workshops

Our hands-on workshops are available in a range of STEM topics including Water, Air, Chemical Reactions, Computer Science, Engineering, Optics, Mathematics, Human Body, Acoustics and Design and Technologies with a new workshop launched yearly.

Each full-day workshop explores a specific STEM subject and pedagogical technique.

They are designed to help you connect theory and practice in an engaging, easy to understand way to provide you with the knowledge needed to confidently implement STEM as part of every-day learning. Watch the video below to learn more.

Workshop materials

After each workshop, you will receive:

  • Comprehensive topic booklets
  • Discovery cards containing activity suggestions
  • Planning materials

Collectively, these materials allow you to begin your explorations with the children the very next day. Our workshops:

  • Empower everyone working with children aged 3 to 6 years to implement playful, inquiry-based STEM learning.
  • Provide a range of tools, educational concepts and supportive materials that encourage daily scientific exploration with young children.
  • Use low-cost, everyday, recycled materials.
  • Are affordable, costing only $115 per person.*

Through every additional workshop, the participants’ confidence and competence in inquiry-based STEM learning grows.

* Price valid until 31 December 2019

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