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 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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
Posted on February 28th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders
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…
Posted on January 16th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders
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.