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Milli, Jack and the dancing cat

Posted on October 9th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Illustration of boy girl and cat dancing

This book is an encouragement and inspiration to all children who do things a little bit different. Unconventional problem-solving skills have been the starting point for many inventions…

Science: Stating the obvious

Posted on October 3rd, 2019 in the category(s) Quirky curious

Red apple on tree

Discussion of the why is often the step that people skip, rushing on to the next experiment, looking for the next big explosion, what happens when, … but not getting to or staying with the ‘why does it happen?’ That’s the crucial bit. It crops up time and time again in some of the world’s greatest discoveries. So Isaac Newton is one of the world’s greatest scientists, not because he carried out great experiments but because, when observing a phenomenon in everyday life, he asked why…

Am I yours?

Posted on October 2nd, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Dinosaurs looking at egg

A strong wind separates an egg from its parents and one by one the dinosaurs ask it questions to find out by process of elimination, which species it belongs to…

Toyota announces latest grant recipients

Posted on September 30th, 2019 in the category(s) Little Scientists in the media, Little Scientists news

Boy holding a Little Scientists House plaque

Little Scientists Australia delivers a national STEM professional development program for early childhood educators and teachers working with children aged 3-6 years and has done great work as a previous grant recipient. Using Toyota funding, Little Scientists Australia will deliver workshops on STEM for educators working with young children in Wyndham and in a regional area…

Shape spotting: Triangles and pylons

Posted on September 25th, 2019 in the category(s) Quirky curious

Mosaic pattern

Coming from the word tri, meaning ‘three’ – think tricycle, triplets, triceratops (three horns) – and the word angle, its name describes exactly what it is. This beautiful shape can be spotted everywhere. It’s a game I like to play with my children when we are waiting for something. How many squares can you spot? How many circles? But the common triangle is always one of the easiest…

A Rat in a Stripy Sock

Posted on September 25th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Rat in a colourful striped sock being carried away by balloons

A rat finds a colourful sock on a grey day, crawls into it and imagines eating and dancing with the neighbours and flying away with balloons to pursue his dreams. He is still just a rat in the rain, but he is happy…

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Posted on September 17th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Mother, father and baby bear looking at Goldilocks sleeping

Gerda Muller tells the Goldilocks story slightly differently with the porridge in the two bigger bowls both being too hot and the smallest just right. Which version makes sense? Try it out with the children! Serve hot porridge in different-sized bowls and check and compare the temperature as it cools. This can easily lead to further investigations…

Owl Moon

Posted on September 11th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Child with adult on snowy hill and large moon in background

This book is all about experiencing with all your senses and being aware of the here and now. Ask the children if they have gone for a walk when it was dark outside. How did it feel? What did they hear? Does the night air smell differently? Did they spot any nocturnal animals? Use this story to go outdoors to explore the surroundings and encourage families to go on adventure walks…

Big Rain Coming

Posted on September 4th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

People laying on mattresses outside under the stars

‘Big rain coming’ is a lyrical story about waiting for the rain. Old Stephen wisely predicts throughout the book that rain is coming.
Predictions can serve as hypotheses during scientific research. What do the children already know about rain and what stories shape their understanding? What do animals and people do when there is no water? What could they make or do to help save water…

Sonic Boom Gallery : Day 2 – workshops

Posted on September 2nd, 2019 in the category(s) Little Scientists news

Educators constructing with balloons, strings and leaves

Workshop images from day 2 of the Sonic Boom Early STEM conference…

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