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Sparkling water

Posted on June 1st, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists at home

Carbonated water being poured into glass

At Little Scientists, we are all about spotting STEM opportunities in the everyday. Exploring with sparkling water, or to children more commonly known as fizzy water, might not be an everyday occurrence but is a fascinating way to introduce gases (in this case carbon dioxide) and if you have access to a soda stream, it could be even more fun!

STEM Leader – June 2020

Posted on May 30th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Carreen Long - Preschool Coordinator at St Thomas School and Preschool

Carreen Long is Preschool Co-ordinator at St Thomas School and Preschool, the 2018 Early STEM award winner for SA. She has 30 years experience in early childhood education. Carren says when she thinks of STEM, she thinks… of wonder; fostering children’s and adults’ curiosity; children working creatively; children using their imagination; children exploring and discovering the things they are interested in; teaching resourcefulness; enhancing engagement, joy and excitement; engaging children in research; supporting children with the construction of theories; collaboration…

Sinking or floating: Fruit

Posted on May 27th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists at home

sliced fruit on a wooden board

One of our wonderful Local Network Partners up in North Queensland, Jim Callan, contacted me the other day to
talk about a new STEM exploration called floating oranges. He told me that oranges with peel on float and if you
take the peel o, they sink. He challenged me to nd out whether it worked for other fruit.

Sinking or floating: liquids

Posted on May 27th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists at home

oil floating in water

How can we explain an oil spill disaster to children and what is the science behind it? Examine the density of liquids using common household ingredients.

Observing seasonal changes in trees

Posted on May 20th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists House projects

Child pushing cart with autumn leaves

Observing deciduous trees over a long period of time gave the children great opportunities for sensory exploration, reflection on life and death, appreciating the effect of the weather on the environment and realising the importance of record keeping.

Cabbage chemistry – Chemical reactions

Posted on May 19th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists at home

Purple liquids in chemistry flasks

It is not necessary for you to have any understanding of chemical reactions for this activity. The beauty of this activity is that you can discover what substances are acidic or alkali within your house alongside the children. The colour changes, reactions and fizzes are a very exciting part of this exploration.

Technology, blessing or curse?

Posted on May 13th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Kids playing with book and stuffed animal

The other day, we had a power outage for 12 hours. No big deal, right? Technology really does make life so much easier! On the flip side, the convenience of our modern lives comes at a cost.

Compost Stew

Posted on May 12th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Girl holding pitchfork to mix compost. Dog looking into the compost bin

Use this book as a starting point for your next compost project in your service. If you don’t have the possibility to make a compost in your service let the children draw their own compost stew. What ingredients can and can’t they put into a compost? Why? What do they think happens…

We’re going on a bear hunt

Posted on May 4th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists at home

Teddy bears in window

At Little Scientists we take STEM in the everyday very seriously. Seriously fun. These activities are straight from our Professional development workshops Mathematics: shape and space. Which is all about spotting the Mathematics in everyday life. This is a wonderful activity for both very young and older preschoolers. It is designed to add everyday mathematical language into playtime.

The chemistry of baking

Posted on May 4th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Scones with jam, cream and coffee

To this day, the egg challenge is one of my favourite engineering experiences. I love observing children, and adults alike, the moment the egg hits the ground. Did it survive?…

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