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Finding our heart

Posted on March 17th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Finding our heart: Two Aboriginal people forming a heart with their hands at Uluru

Torres Strait Islander author Thomas Mayor dedicates his story about the Uluru Statement for young Australians to the children. How do the children think Australia’s future will look? How can they help find the heart of the nation?

Antiracist baby

Posted on March 10th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Black baby carried in sling by black man

Ibram X. Kendi introduces nine steps to make equity a reality. Antiracist baby is a great tool for parents and educators to talk about racism and why it is so important to continuously revise rules and think about their meaning for everyone in the community.

What is a shadow?

Posted on March 10th, 2021 in the category(s) Little Scientists House projects

Child with educator shining a light into a box to make shapes

The Nest Early Education Centre joins our neighbourhood of Little Scientists Houses. The Gold Coast service’s dedication to child-led STEM learning shines through its research project. If you are looking for inspiration foe inquiry-based learning in the early years, have a look at the shadow detectives’ work.


Posted on March 3rd, 2021 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Wolfred standing in lift

When Wolfred takes on a job pushing the buttons in the lift of the hotel at Fancy Pants Tower, he enters a new world. From the beginning, there are possible investigations: “It was the warmest of lights on the coldest of nights.” Is it always cold when there is no light? Can a lamp warm you up? How does Fancy Pants Tower use so much power? If the children are interested in sustainability, you could investigate how the hotel could save electricity.

STEM Leader – March 2021

Posted on February 28th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM leaders

With seven years’ experience in early childhood education, Nicole focuses on child-led learning and outdoor play, which is very important to her as she feels this is a great space for children to explore a wide range of concepts, ideas and interests as they emerge.

The Story Orchestra – Carnival of the animals

Posted on February 24th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

children animals and colourful plants

Encourage the children in your care to engage with classical music? The Story Orchestra book series offers an introduction to this world with picture stories that allow you to listen to the music as you read. They will explore language relating to sounds and music and consider how the sounds make them feel…

What we’ll build

Posted on February 15th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Book cover - dad and child looking at a sign saying - What we'll build

A story about building love, hope, resilience and forgiveness. In this story, the reader soon realises that the real ‘tools’ we need as parents and educators are trust, comfort, compassion and unconditional love.

Fire wombat

Posted on February 8th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Wombat looking at burnt landscape

The story allows the children to immerse themselves fully into the journey of the wombat who flees the fire, searches for food and water and eventually finds nourishment and a way home. You can talk about the colours, the smells and all the feelings they evoke. How does the ground feel underneath the animals’ paws? What can the animals hear as they are fleeing the fire?

STEM Leader – February 2021

Posted on January 30th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Hayley Drennan

Hayley Drennan is currently working as a kindergarten teacher in an integrated 3- to 5-year room at Saltwater Childcare Centre in Footscray, Melbourne. With 16 years’ experience in early childhood education, Hayley focuses on blending the magic of both left- and right-brain thinking by meshing drama with STEAM

Play with your food

Posted on January 21st, 2021 in the category(s) STEM gems

Potatoes and peeler

After the overindulgence that often accompanies the holiday season, many adults take a break from alcohol or chocolate and focus on healthy eating. This could also be a great time to reflect on the role of food in inquiry-based STEM education. There are many ways preparing and eating food can become joyful learning experiences for the children in your care…