The Little Scientists project is supported and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
The Little Scientists Workshop Program
At Little Scientists, we believe that to discover the joy of STEM, children need to be given the opportunity to explore the world in a nurturing and playful setting that boosts their natural eagerness to learn. Our overarching goal is to enable access to high quality education for all children from an early age and to ensure the competitiveness of Australia’s workforce in the future.
Our holistic workshop program empowers educators and teachers working with children from 3 to 6 years of age to explore STEM with confidence and joy. We 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.
Each workshop covers a specific STEM topic and educational concept, beginning with the foundation workshop Water. Through every additional workshop, the individual’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.