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Comparing physiologies: Giant Pacific octopuses

Posted on September 1st, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

giant Pacific octopus swimming in the ocean

Children can have some interesting perspectives on what is inside them. Cultural perceptions can also make a huge difference. Why not investigate their prior knowledge by starting a conversation about the biology of the Pacific octopus or another sea creature they have studied?

Movement: The dance of the rays

Posted on August 31st, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Spotted eagle ray swimming along ocean floor

Rays, including manta rays, stingrays and spotted eagle rays move in a particularly graceful way – a swirling dance I will never tire of. Immerse yourself in the children’s classic Commotion in the ocean and you too will fall in love with the movement of the oceans.

STEM Leader – September 2020

Posted on August 31st, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Cate Halbert smiling

Cate Halbert believes her role as an educator is to observe the children’s interests and to listen, document and share their ideas and theories, then to provide them with the materials and resources that will assist, extend and spark interest.

Engineering: Sea otters

Posted on August 26th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Sea otter swimming

Who doesn’t love sea otters? And, now I know they have pockets and favourite rocks, I love them even more! Otters are tool users. They select special rocks that are suitable for cracking open clams and molluscs and store these rocks in the baggy pockets of loose skin they have under each forearm. What tools do humans use?

Avocado Baby

Posted on August 25th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Baby holding up a heavy barbell with weights

The baby in this story grows ridiculously strong from eating avocados, so much so that he can fight off burglars and move furniture around. Discuss some of the topics touched on by the story. What makes you strong? What can and can’t babies do? Do certain types of food make you strong?…

Unique identifiers: Seahorses

Posted on August 19th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Seahorse

Each seahorse has a crown, called a coronet, which is a unique identifier. Just like seahorses can be distinguished by their coronets, humans can be distinguished by their fingerprints. Encourage the children to investigate their own fingerprints and compare them with others’.

Clean up the mess

Posted on August 12th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Picking plastic bottle out of waterway

Impactful early experiences help to shape our personality and create personal life-long values. Cleaning your local stream, building a water purification system or investigating other ways to protect our environment in a child-led way, could be the spark to ignite the passion for sustainability in the environmentalists of tomorrow.

Elmer

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

Elephant comprised of colourful squares

Celebrating difference and reminding us that we are happiest in our own skin, this story can help strengthen children’s confidence and acceptance of differences and is also a great starting point to discuss the role of colour and camouflage in the animal world.

It’s hot in here

Posted on August 12th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Wooden thermometer close up

This playful activity is a wonderful way to extend the vocabulary of temperature. The idea that people experience temperature differently and that ‘hotness’ is not fixed is fascinating to children.

Rosie’s walk

Posted on August 5th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Fox following a hen past a hen house

This quick and simple story will help you get the attention of all children and works well with the younger ones. Encourage them to map a course for Rosie through the centre, with traps and hurdles for the fox. This is a great opportunity to expand on the language…

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