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Quirky curious

From some of the quirkiest minds inside the Little Scientists team come some personal insights into experiencing and exploring STEM in the world around you. With this collection of curious facts and observations, we aim to inspire you to find STEM in the everyday.

No good crying over spilt milk

Posted on November 16th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Overflowing mug of milk

This is a lovely design and technology experience. Children can look at the table setting and decide what objects are ‘fit for purpose’: What is it about the jug that makes it easy to pour…

Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes

Posted on September 29th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Children's legs and feet

From scraped knees to hair brushing, body parts and their names play a big role in children’s everyday lives. But, our memories of how we discovered them and when we learned their names are often a little hazy. See how many of these songs you know!

Satellites: Help from space

Posted on September 23rd, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Satellite in space

Satellites not only serve very practical purposes but also satisfy our curiosity about the universe. We wouldn’t know as much about space without astronomical satellites like the Hubble Space Telescope and the other research satellites out there.

Can you blow bubbles on the Moon?

Posted on September 17th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

preschool aged boy blowing bubbles

Bubbles are fascinating: The spherical shape, the sheen and the rainbow colours, the way they float and move with the air currents… They are a source of wonder; but how do they form? What makes them pop? What holds them together? AND can you blow bubbles on the Moon?

A giant leap for technology

Posted on September 9th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Astronaut on moon with American flag erected

Technology has changed rapidly in the last 50 years. An investigation into changes in telephone technology or pictures of old cars can spark many conversations. These might lead into a closer investigation of form and functionality then and now and how technology affects everyday life.

The moon has a round face

Posted on September 9th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

moon phases

My Dad taught us this game. It’s a common campfire game and it’s annoying. I like to use it to spark a conversation about the Moon and its attributes. AND it’s a great way of discovering the children’s prior knowledge.

In space, no one can hear you scream

Posted on September 8th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Sun just rising over the horizon as viewed from space

For sound to travel from one place to another, it needs something to move through. On Earth, air allows sound waves to move from one point to another. Sound can also move through water and the coat hanger is also useful for investigating how whales and dolphins communicate over such long distances. Sound waves travel through vibrations…

Maths Myths

Posted on September 7th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Roughly estimated, 50% of participants have negative associations with this STEM subject and are, as a result, convinced that they are not capable of engaging children in mathematics. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard ‘I am hopeless/horrible/useless, don’t even bother trying to teach me.’I reckon we all agree that the goal of early education is to instill a passion for live-long learning into the little ones in our care. How are we supposed to kindle joy of mathematics if we break out in cold sweats thinking about equations and formulas?

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.

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