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Diving into STEM

EVENT OVERVIEWWebinars | Webinars + incursion

National Science Week  –  Educator Series with Incursion

Professional development AND virtual incursion for services in NSW

Our three-part series of interactive webinars will empower you to confidently engage in STEM learning with the children in your service. Little Scientists will introduce you to the concepts of inquiry-based STEM learning and help you develop a teaching toolkit to inspire STEM explorations and build children’s STEM skills. The webinar series also includes a professional networking opportunity, encouraging you to share ideas with other educators.

Little Scientists invites you to see the approach in action during a virtual interactive incursion with your service.

Our facilitators will prompt questions and ideas, inspiring children to take a proactive role in the discovery of STEM. Using everyday materials, Little Scientists will demonstrate and guide 3- to 6-year-old children through hands-on learning experiences, supported by their educators, or their parents if they are joining from their homes.

A final webinar following the incursion invites educators to discuss their experiences, reflect on their professional learning and share thoughts and ideas.

Note: Your service will be sent a resource list prior to the incursion.

Important information

NESA accreditation is available for NSW registered teachers.

Cost: $60 per service

PLEASE NOTE: Children’s privacy and internet safety is important to Little Scientists. Our online incursions are for one service at a time, ensuring that only our presenters as well as the educators and other children from their own service can see the children. Participants joining in from home can choose if they want to share the video and audio from their web camera when they join the incursion.

Webinar 1: Overview

Date: Tuesday, 4 August 2020
10:00am – 11:00am AEST

  • Overview of early STEM education and inquiry-based learning, focussing on the importance of playfulness and joy as impetuses to scientific discovery and research
  • Creating a rich learning environment to stimulate discoveries, enrich STEM learning opportunities and nurture curiosity in children and adults alike
  • Resourcing STEM activities, learning how to use what you already have for fantastic explorations

Webinar 2: Hands-on STEM exploration

Date: Thursday, 13 August 2020
10:00am – 11:00am AEST

  • Interactive demonstrations of STEM explorations using items found around the home
  • Discovering everyday phenomena and explanations of basic scientific concepts
  • Learning techniques to find STEM explorations in everyday situations making STEM accessible to young children

Virtual incursion

Date: incursions are available daily from
17th – 21st August 2020
9:30am – 10:00am and 11:00am – 11:30am AEST

  • Up to five interactive STEM demonstrations using items found around the home (or service)
  • Prompts, questions and ideas to inspire children to take a proactive role in the discovery of STEM

Note: Time slots are limited to one service per session.

Webinar 3: Reflection

Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2020
10:00am – 11:00am AEST

  • Reflection on the incursions, what worked well and how to overcome challenges
  • Reflection on your role as an educator and learning coach in STEM education
  • Discussion and exchange of ideas on next steps to take implementation of STEM exploration further within you service and for children staying at home
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