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Why do heavy boats float?

Posted on January 14th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM gems

Large freighter (boat) on ocean

In the heat of the summer, why not tap into the educational aspect of refreshing water play? What starts out as a bit of a splash-about to keep cool can easily turn into investigations that develop concepts such as density and buoyancy in children’s minds.

Windows

Posted on January 9th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Children looking out of windows at each other

A wonderful story about determination, resilience and perseverance and that sometimes in life the real treasure lies in just sharing an experience with a friend, no matter the outcome…

Snails, shells and slowness

Posted on January 7th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM gems

Snails lined up on a rock

Snails are so commonplace… so can they still inspire wonder? Did you know, that the metabolism of snails is evolving to be slower. Also snails with shells that coil right will only mate with other snails with right coiling shells. Discover and explore the fascinating world of snails…

Sam and Dave dig a hole

Posted on January 2nd, 2021 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Boys with shovels

A wonderful story about determination, resilience and perseverance and that sometimes in life the real treasure lies in just sharing an experience with a friend, no matter the outcome…

STEM Leader – January 2021

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

Margaret Chua, Nominated Supervisor and Teacher at Patterson Lakes Kindergarten in Victoria, has been working in early childhood education for almost 11 years. Her professional focus is on STEM exploration and social inclusion, her approach inspired by Reggio Emilia.

Science experiments in early childhood – Why?

Posted on December 16th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM gems

3 kids looking at baking soda volcano

Often it’s only in those moments of reflection that we ask ourselves, “Why?”, but as advocates of inquiry-based learning, we should be asking ourselves, “Why?”, constantly.

An Aussie night before Christmas

Posted on December 15th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Santa flying in ute being pulled by reindeer

Do you sometimes worry that Santa is going to overheat in his inappropriately warm suit? Are the children hopeful that there will be snow at Christmas as depicted on so many decorations, cards and books? How does Santa sneak in at night if the house has no chimney?

Joint Position Statement Launch

Posted on December 15th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists in the media, Little Scientists news

preschool aged boy blowing bubbles

Perfect Beginnings Child Care Centre in Queensland has joined our community of Little Scientists Houses, a group of early childhood services committed to inquiry-based STEM learning.

Mud pies and microorganisms

Posted on December 9th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM gems

Child playing in mud

My love of gardening comes from the memories connected with it: planting seeds with my dad, climbing the apple tree and, of course, making mud pies in the patch of ground next to the cubby house. In an early childhood environment where things have become increasingly sanitised, regulated and designed, how do we, as educators, help our children make those connections?…

There’s a sea in my bedroom

Posted on December 7th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Boy laying on bed with water covering the floor

David is afraid of the sea. Do you think it might be good to be afraid in some situations? When is fear good for us and when is it bad? How can we overcome our fears? What are you afraid of? Is there anything you used to be afraid of but you no longer are? Why not?

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