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STEM leaders

Educators speak to Little Scientists about their passion for STEM education in early childhood and how they integrate STEM learning in their services. A new STEM leader will be featured each month.

STEM Leader – November 2020

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

Ashlea McClear

Ashlea loves looking at the world and hypothesising about an idea or question posed by the children is at the core of STEM exploration. She enjoys engaging the children in experimentation using the inquiry cycle and to observe their pride when they have achieved an outcome.

STEM Leader – October 2020

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

Tania Loro-Montin

Tania loves researching and creating new STEM learning opportunities for her students. She also loves being creative and bringing out each child’s inner artist through different art experiences that focus on the process and encourage individuality.

STEM Leader – September 2020

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

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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.

STEM Leader – August 2020

Posted on July 29th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Yuji Ono

STEM leader Yugi Ono, encourages the children in his care to take the initiative to learn and discover new things, letting them lead the learning. He believes his role is to guide them through the process and to anchor important learnings in the children’s memory through conversation and reflection…

STEM Leader – July 2020

Posted on June 24th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Amber Porter

Amber says… I love everything related to science. As I mainly work with school-aged children, we regularly engage in advanced science explorations and experiments. We practice hypothesising about the results of an experiment and I introduce new vocabulary that provides my little scientists with the correct scientific words for what they are doing.

STEM Leader – June 2020

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

Carreen Long - Preschool Coordinator at St Thomas School and Preschool

Carreen Long is Preschool Co-ordinator at St Thomas School and Preschool, the 2018 Early STEM award winner for SA. She has 30 years experience in early childhood education. Carren says when she thinks of STEM, she thinks… of wonder; fostering children’s and adults’ curiosity; children working creatively; children using their imagination; children exploring and discovering the things they are interested in; teaching resourcefulness; enhancing engagement, joy and excitement; engaging children in research; supporting children with the construction of theories; collaboration…

STEM Leader – May 2020

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

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Michelle says… STEM is a vehicle to support children’s innate curiosity about the world. Children love to explore their environment, want to find out how things function, how man-made objects or machines work and how new things can be constructed, created and built. STEM exploration teaches children so much about our society and explains the order, patterns and relationships of our world.

STEM Leader – April

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

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Tanya Steers has loved science and maths her whole life and has a degree in molecular genetics. She’s excited that she now has the opportunity to share her love of STEM with the children of the next generation.

STEM Leader – March 2020

Posted on February 28th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

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For Carla Silvestri, STEM exploration means happy and engaged children: Children working together, learning from each other, experimenting with different materials and resources and exploring technology. Inquiry-based STEM practices respect children, their prior knowledge and ideas. The hands-on nature of experimenting and exploring…

STEM Leader – February 2020

Posted on January 16th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

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Our first featured STEM leader, Rajaa Halabi shares why early-years STEM education is important to her, how she integrates STEM learning in her service and the role she plays as an educator in STEM learning.