STEM certification

Become a Little Scientists House to identify your service’s commitment to hands-on, inquiry-based STEM education. 

Why become a Little Scientists House?

Recognition for best practice in schools and early childhood settings is important.

The Little Scientists House STEM certification program identifies to your children, parents, peers and the wider community, your service’s commitment to hands-on, inquiry-based STEM education. 

It is designed to recognise services and schools that promote an active learning environment, incorporating best practice elements such as inquiry-based learning, metacognition and co-construction.

RECEIVE

We are currently assessing the Little Scientists House applications we received as part of the Early STEM Award. From 1 October 2022, the next round of Little Scientists House applications will open. We are transitioning the applications to an online portal so from 1 October, you can apply for that next round. Applications will be accepted from 1 October until 1 December 2022. You will find more information about the process on this page when the applications open.

What can I do to prepare for my Little Scientists House certification?

We strongly recommend that you have your professional development requirements up to date prior to applying. This means that a minimum of two (2) members of your team have to have attended at least two (2) Little Scientists workshops. One needs to be a Face to Face workshop and one can be an online workshop (Inspire STEM). Then you also need to make sure that you have a project that demonstrates how you are implementing STEM into your daily practice ready to go. Make sure that you have all the documentation, photos etc ready. Our online application process will guide you through a set of questions.

Little Scientists House certification entitles you to...

PD & Support

Free STEM Hour webinars and ongoing support from the Little Scientists team.

Digital stamp

A digital certification stamp to use on your website and marketing.

Promotion

A listing and link to your service on the Little Scientists House map.

Resources

STEM project book and STEM provocation cards

Plaque

A personalised Little Scientists House plaque to display at your service.

How to apply

You are eligible to apply if your service is committed to ongoing inquiry-based learning and scientific exploration and two of your educators have each attended two Little Scientists workshops.

Complete the quick ‘Expression of interest’ form on this page to receive information about the Little Scientists House program, helpful tips and information on how to run an inquiry-based project with children, and to have one of our team contact you to discuss how we can support you through the application process.

Once your expression of interest has been received, you’ll be provided access to purchase the application package ($165).

  • At time of purchase, you will receive the application form.
  • Within 4 weeks you will receive further support materials by post including: Our STEM project book ‘Everyday STEM inquiry in Practice’ and our STEM starter cards.

Applications are reviewed by Little Scientists, following our approval and quality criteria. Little Scientists lets you know if your application was successful or if you need to provide further documentation.

Once your application has been successful

  • You will receive a certification plaque to display on your service. The plaque identifies to your children, parents and the wider community that you have a commitment to providing quality, hands-on, inquiry-based STEM learning.
  • Your service will be added to our Little Scientists House map, showcasing services who have demonstrated a commitment to STEM.

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