Amy Brown has over 10 years’ experience in early childhood education and is currently working as lead educator at Lowood Early Education Centre and Preschool. With a strong professional interest in art and craft, working with the school children and outdoor play, Amy sees STEM as an important part of hands-on learning, investigation and problem-solving: “STEM is learning that does not always go to the original plan but is always exciting and fun,” she says.
Amy enjoyed the Little Scientists Engineering workshop because she likes to build, construct and design. She liked that the workshop made her explore different ways of doing things. She is a fan of inquiry-based STEM learning because it is hands-on, engaging, fun and can get messy at times.
Her favourite STEM exploration with the children is investigating chemical reactions because, for her, chemistry is magical and exciting and she believes it is best learned through observation and hands-on experiences. Without STEM, early childhood education would be boring and stale, according to Amy. She believes that STEM learning is essential in supporting young children in building interests and life skills that will assist them throughout their school years and later in life.
During STEM learning experiences, Amy encourages the children to explore their own ideas and build on their own knowledge. She encourages the children to be engaged, hands-on and to keep persevering.
Amy sees her role as providing continued support and mentoring for her team of educators in planning activities that will support STEM learning and engage all the children at the service to build on their curiosity, imagination and problem-solving skills.