Reflect

Below we share our thoughts on pedagogy and inquiry-based STEM learning. Join us in investigating questions like: How can I provide good mathematical learning when my own experience of the subject in school was so negative?

3 kids looking at laptop screen

Sweet surprises

To ensure children’s safety, their ability to recognise a security risk and a skill set that helps them protect their privacy are invaluable. The first step to cyber safety is to understand the basics of keeping information safe.

Kids playing with book and stuffed animal

Technology, blessing or curse?

Technology really does make life so much easier! On the flip side, the convenience of our modern lives comes at a cost. How can you encourage critical questions about the use of technologies in our daily routine

Children tracing each other though glass

You and I

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.

Grassy hill with colourful decorations

Water bottle wind spirals

Make your own wind spirals then put your STEM hat on and ask yourself: What could children be pondering when watching the spirals spin in the wind? What question could I pose to spark children’s interest in air?

Grey clouds in blue sky

Describing observations

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. Is this a trick question? You do have eyes, don’t you?…

Snowman made from sand on beach

Hedgehogs and Autumn leaves

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.

Red apple on tree

Science: Stating the obvious

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.

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