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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.

Technology, blessing or curse?

Posted on May 13th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Kids playing with book and stuffed animal

The other day, we had a power outage for 12 hours. No big deal, right? Technology really does make life so much easier! On the flip side, the convenience of our modern lives comes at a cost.

The chemistry of baking

Posted on May 4th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Scones with jam, cream and coffee

There is a lot of STEM in cooking. In this activity, we are focussing on the chemistry of cooking by analysing the raising agents and how they work. It links very well to the red cabbage chemistry activity but can also be a stand-alone activity.

Egg challenge

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

Table laid out with eggs an devices used to help them float to the ground

To this day, the egg challenge is one of my favourite engineering experiences. I love observing children, and adults alike, the moment the egg hits the ground. Did it survive?…

You and I

Posted on March 11th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

It might be surprising that self-awareness and awareness of others can be learned in a STEM context. When we look at STEM as a tool to explore and make sense of the world, it becomes clear that every aspect of life is linked to a STEM subject. In a recent Human Body workshop, we discussed children’s fascination with…

Water bottle wind spirals

Posted on February 14th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Grassy hill with colourful decorations

I loved the simplicity and the sound the spirals made in the wind. View detailed instructions on how to make wind spirals from recycled bottles.

Describing observations:
What’s brown and sticky?

Posted on December 9th, 2019 in the category(s) Quirky curious

Grey clouds in blue sky

Describing things is a good way to increase vocabulary and improve observational skills. Sometimes it’s hard to get those conversations going though. Ask a five-year-old what she sees and the reaction may be disbelief. Are you having me on? Is this a trick question? You do have eyes, don’t you? Or even…

Hedgehogs and Autumn leaves:
Australian seasons

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

Snowman made from sand on beach

Collecting Autumn leaves to create a hedgehog picture? Creating snowman craft around Christmas time? Many places in Australia don’t have seasons that fit neatly into European concepts of Winter. Collecting Autumn leaves is a little difficult if you don’t have many imported feral trees in your area. and Spring flowers may have been flowering all ‘Winter’…

Magnetism: What will you attract?

Posted on November 11th, 2019 in the category(s) Quirky curious

magnet with nuts , bolts and washers stuck to it

You know we love talking about magnets. But it’s quite the polarising topic…
If you are attracted by magnets, we encourage you to dive right in and explore what they can do with the children while introducing some new STEM vocabulary…

Exploring nature with children: Wayfinding sticks

Posted on October 28th, 2019 in the category(s) Quirky curious

Children holding DIY Wayfinder sticks

Are you looking for new ways to experience nature with children? It is amazing what you can find along the way and how you can train your observation and orientation skills by creating wayfinding sticks…

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…