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STEM Workshops / Professional Development

Good to know

Our workshops are suitable for all teachers and educators.
Prior STEM knowledge is not required.

At each workshop, you’ll be provided with comprehensive,
quality resources and strategies you can use immediately.

All workshops are delivered by highly experienced educators.
Each full-day workshop costs only 115* per person. *Until 31 Dec. 2019

In addtion to our regularly scheduled workshops, Little Scientists can provide cost-effective, in-service training in selected areas around Australia.

Teacher accreditation & alignment to the EYLF

  • Little Scientists is endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level. Each workshop counts as 5 hours and 30 minutes of PD.
  • Little Scientists Water, Air, Optics and Acoustics workshops provide TQI Registered Professional Development for teachers. Each workshop counts as 5 hours of PD.
  • The workshop program provides teachers and educators with a variety of tools and educational concepts to meet a range of requirements of the NQF and the EYLF.

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We have ten engaging, play-based PD workshops which can be completed in any order. If the inquiry-based learning approach is new to you, may we suggest completing Water as one of your first workshops.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGIES + Philosophical inquiry in early childhood

Use your inventiveness and creativity to address real needs and thoughtfully design technologies for the future.

Explore technical inventions of the past, optimise present-day technology and design sustainable solutions for the future. Appreciate the relevance of technology education for children’s understanding of the world and encourage their creativity and innovative spirit.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing Standard Descriptors 2.1.2, 3.3.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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ACOUSTICS + Peer group learning *NEW*

Fizz, crackle, crash, boom, bang; delve into the world of everyday sounds.

Explore the presence and absence of sound, create your own sound maker and tell a sound story. Emphasise the potential of peer group learning in co-constructed environments and reflect on the educator’s impact on group dynamics.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing Standard Descriptors 2.1.2, 3.3.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours of ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) registered PD.

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WATER + Early STEM in co-constructed environments

Have you ever met a child who is not fascinated by water? From ice blocks to raindrops, children love to explore water from an early age.

Explore water with all your senses, investigate the different aggregate states and test the solubility of various substances. Discover how to create a nurturing learning environment through STEM inquiry with reflection on your current practice.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing Standard Descriptors 2.1.2, 3.3.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours of ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) registered PD.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE + Early computational thinking

Learn the foundations of computational thinking and how to “speak to a computer” by understanding how it works.

Immerse yourself in the world of computer science and playfully explore algorithms, sequencing and sorting without using computers. Understand the basic concepts of computational thinking and learn how to unlock the world of computers for children.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing Standard Descriptors 2.1.2, 3.3.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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CHEMICAL REACTIONS + Language development through STEM inquiry

Uncover the world of chemical reactions by exploring different substances and make a mess experimenting with carbon dioxide.

Discover chemistry in everyday life, handle ‘dangerous materials’, make a mess while experimenting with carbon dioxide and explore the properties of white substances. Learn how children’s language development can be enhanced through STEM inquiry.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing Standard Descriptors 2.1.2, 3.3.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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AIR + Metacognitive thinking in early childhood

Bring fresh air into the room, catch soap bubbles and learn that air is so much more than ‘nothing’.

Experience air through touch, sound and movement. Discover that air is so much more than ‘nothing’ by making it perceptible to your senses. Uncover how communication, reflection and questioning enhance children’s ability to become confident life-long learners.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing Standard Descriptors 2.1.2, 3.3.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours of ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) registered PD.

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ENGINEERING + Technical education

Swinging, running, jumping, falling: Physical forces are all part of the fun and children love to explore their effects.

Explore physical forces while leveraging, lifting, swinging and moving and unleash your inner engineer. Are you an inventor or do you like to immerse yourself into step-by-step instructions? Discover how to playfully integrate technical education into a nurturing learning environment.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing Standard Descriptors 2.1.2, 3.3.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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OPTICS + Inquiry projects in early childhood

Enjoy a day full of lights, colours and optical illusions. Explore the land of mirrors, colourful shadows and nature’s paint palette.

Appreciate the magic of colour, mirrors and shadows through the eyes of a child. Discover the empowering effects of child-led inquiry projects in early childhood and become immersed in your own inquiry project.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing Standard Descriptors 2.1.2, 3.3.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours of ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) registered PD.

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MATHEMATICS + Pattern recognition in early childhood

Experience the wonder of mathematics hidden in everyday patterns, shapes and structures. Fall in love with shapes and space.

Watch the beauty of mathematics unfold in everyday patterns, shapes and structures and discover the potential of play for the development of mathematical skills. Discover mathematics in the everyday and explore your own relationship with maths.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing Standard Descriptors 2.1.2, 3.3.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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HUMAN BODY + Scientific models in early childhood

We may look quite different on the outside, but underneath our skin, our organs, muscles and bones are working in very similar ways.

Investigate your sense of smell, focus on your breath and explore exciting functions of the human body. See the human body through the eyes of a child and learn how to playfully include scientific models into your setting.

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing Standard Descriptors 2.1.2, 3.3.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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Testimonials & Feedback

Self discovery

Encouraged self-discovery in the journey of learning.

Optics workshop, NSW

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T15:52:47+10:00

Optics workshop, NSW

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Encouraged self-discovery in the journey of learning.

Very hands on

Very hands on and workable in preschool.

Water workshop, Thurgoona

STEM workshops
2019-05-22T09:46:24+10:00

Water workshop, Thurgoona

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Very hands on and workable in preschool.

Thought-provoking

Thanks for an active, thought-provoking day.

Anna, Sydney

STEM workshops
2018-10-02T10:55:19+10:00

Anna, Sydney

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Thanks for an active, thought-provoking day.

Opportunities

Opportunities to have a go at simple concepts that children will find interesting.

Human Body, NSW

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T15:13:10+10:00

Human Body, NSW

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Opportunities to have a go at simple concepts that children will find interesting.

100% engaging

100% engaging, fantastic presenters and lots of time to discuss concepts and ideas.

Water workshop, Wilcannia

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T15:56:43+10:00

Water workshop, Wilcannia

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100% engaging, fantastic presenters and lots of time to discuss concepts and ideas.

Loved the balance

Loved the balance between practical and discussion.

Engineering, Jacqui, Thurgoona

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T14:50:42+10:00

Engineering, Jacqui, Thurgoona

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Loved the balance between practical and discussion.

Primary connections

Hands-on, sharing with other teachers, link into Primary Connections.

Engineering, Claire, WA

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T14:43:25+10:00

Engineering, Claire, WA

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Hands-on, sharing with other teachers, link into Primary Connections.

This made Science fun

Science can be daunting but this made it fun!
STEM workshops
2019-05-22T09:05:45+10:00
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Science can be daunting but this made it fun!

I took a lot back

It was a great day and I took back a lot from it.

Human Body, Glenmore Park

STEM workshops
2019-05-22T09:11:35+10:00

Human Body, Glenmore Park

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It was a great day and I took back a lot from it.

Fantastic workshop

Fantastic workshop with lots of practical examples to take back and use in our program.

Mathematics workshop, Brisbane

STEM workshops
2018-10-02T10:50:24+10:00

Mathematics workshop, Brisbane

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Fantastic workshop with lots of practical examples to take back and use in our program.

Lots of great ideas

Lots of great ideas to try straight away in the classroom.

Air workshop, Jodie, WA

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T13:53:54+10:00

Air workshop, Jodie, WA

Lots of great ideas to try straight away in the classroom.

Practical

Hands-on experiences and practical information.

Air workshop, Brenton, WA

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T14:16:50+10:00

Air workshop, Brenton, WA

Hands-on experiences and practical information.

Open discussion

Hands-on and open discussion.

Human Body, NSW

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T15:20:18+10:00

Human Body, NSW

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Hands-on and open discussion.

The resources are amazing

The resources are amazing. Felt very comfortable with the group and this spurred some great conversations.

Engineering workshop, Carlton

STEM workshops
2018-10-17T09:56:49+10:00

Engineering workshop, Carlton

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The resources are amazing. Felt very comfortable with the group and this spurred some great conversations.

Exchange of ideas

It was very refreshing to exchange ideas with other educators.

Mathematics workshop, Sydney

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T11:44:49+10:00

Mathematics workshop, Sydney

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It was very refreshing to exchange ideas with other educators.

Amazeballs!

Loved it! Totally “amazeballs"

Amanda, Sydney

STEM workshops
2018-10-02T10:53:35+10:00

Amanda, Sydney

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Loved it! Totally “amazeballs"

Clear & thorough

Everything was clearly explained and explored thoroughly.

Water workshop, Wilcannia

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T15:58:59+10:00

Water workshop, Wilcannia

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Everything was clearly explained and explored thoroughly.

Inviting & supportive

Great inviting and supportive learning experience for all. Thank you. Well done.

Optics workshop, Melbourne

STEM workshops
2018-10-22T14:41:49+10:00

Optics workshop, Melbourne

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Great inviting and supportive learning experience for all. Thank you. Well done.

More testimonials/feedback

Our STEM workshop program:

Provides educators and teachers with the knowledge and skills required to integrate playful and inquiry-based STEM exploration in children’s daily educational activities.

Encourages daily scientific explorations, enabling the development of fine motor skills, self-confidence, problem-solving skills, resilience, social skills and language.

Draws on current knowledge in developmental psychology, learning research and incorporates numerous empirical findings and observations made over the past ten years.

Provides educators and teachers with a variety of tools and educational concepts to meet a range of requirements of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

Is built around using existing, low-cost, everyday materials to make scientific exploration accessible to every service and school in Australia.

Is hands-on, fun and based on intentional, inquiry-based learning. The workshops promotes an active, inclusive, play-based and co-constructed learning environment.

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