The story of the little duck stuck at the bottom of a hole opens up many possible STEM explorations, including problem-solving tasks and engineering challenges.
At Little Scientists, we are all about spotting STEM opportunities in the everyday. Exploring with sparkling water, or to children more commonly known as fizzy water, might not be an everyday occurrence but is a fascinating way to introduce gases (in this case carbon dioxide) and if you have access to a soda stream, it could be even more fun!
One of our wonderful Local Network Partners up in North Queensland, Jim Callan, contacted me the other day to talk about a new STEM exploration called floating oranges. He told me that oranges with peel on float and if you take the peel o, they sink. He challenged me to nd out whether it worked for other fruit.
Oil at sea can be a problem. In 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill discharged 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, of which only 810,000 barrels of oil were collected. It was the largest marine oil spill in history. As a result, much of the oil was washed ashore by the tide making the beach dirty and causing massive problems for wildlife.
While most children playing in the mud kitchen just pretended to drink their ‘cups of tea’, one child did drink the dirty water, which started a discussion on why we should not do that. When one of the educators showed the children a video about parts of the world without access to clean drinking water, the children decided to invent a water filtration system.
‘Big rain coming’ is a lyrical story about waiting for the rain. Old Stephen wisely predicts throughout the book that rain is coming. Predictions can serve as hypotheses during scientific research. What do the children already know about rain and what stories shape their understanding? What do animals and people do when there is no water?