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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 30 June 2019

NESA accreditation & EYLF

  • Little Scientists workshops are endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficiency Teacher level. Each workshop counts as 5 hours and 30 minutes 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.

Book your professional development workshop

We have seven 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.

WATER + Inquiry-based learning and co-construction

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 senses, investigate the different aggregate states and test the solubility of various substances. Discover how to implement joyful STEM exploration, and learn about the educational concepts of inquiry-based learning and co-construction.

Completing this Water workshop will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE + Computational thinking

Discover the concepts of computational thinking and learn how to “speak to a computer” by understanding how it works.

Immerse yourself into the world of computer science and playfully explore algorithms, sequencing and sorting without using a computer.

Completing this Computer Science workshop will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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CHEMICAL REACTIONS + Language development

Discover the world of chemical reactions by experimenting with different substances and learn about the exciting properties of carbon dioxide.

Experiment with carbon dioxide and other materials, discover chemistry in everyday life, find ways to promote children’s language development and learn how STEM exploration and language development are connected.

Completing this Computer Science workshop will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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AIR + Metacognition

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

Develop ideas for a co-constructed learning environment and explore questions that encourage children’s metacognitive thinking. Experience the air that surrounds us with all your sense. Explore air by catching and enclosing it and feeling and listening to it.

Completing this Air workshop will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority
(NESA) Registered PD addressing from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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ENGINEERING + Technical education

See-saws, slides and merry-go-rounds: Physical forces are all part of the fun and children love to explore their effects.

Explore forces and effects whilst leveraging, lifting, swinging and moving. Discover your inner engineer and learn how to encourage children’s technical thinking process in an active learning environment.

Completing this Engineering workshop will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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OPTICS + Project work

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

Discover how light, colour and vision have a great impact on understand and explore light streams through the eyes of a child. Collect ideas for project work and child-led projects that scaffold children’s learning and development.

Completing this Optics workshop will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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MATHEMATICS + Mathematical reasoning

Explores shapes and space, symmetry, solids, surfaces and symbols and experience the magic of mathematics is hidden in everyday life.

Learn how to recognise and explore everyday mathematical opportunities. Discover how engaging with geometry develops children’s mathematical reasoning skills. Learn about abstract thought processes and how to encourage its development in children.

Completing this Mathematics workshop will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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HUMAN BODY + Scientific models

Learn about the fascinating functions of our bodies; from the organs and muscles to the skeleton and joints.

Gain a deeper awareness of how the human body works. Playfully explore the human body’s structure and functions using scientific models.

Completing this Human Body workshop will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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Testimonials & Feedback

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+00:00

Engineering workshop, Carlton

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

Great space

Great space for colleagues to discuss the role of STEM in their own programs/organisations.

Engineering workshop, Carlton

STEM workshops
2018-10-17T09:58:00+00:00

Engineering workshop, Carlton

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Great space for colleagues to discuss the role of STEM in their own programs/organisations.

I highly recommend

The handouts and training provided were very effective and I really would highly recommend these workshops to others.

Jimmy, Sydney

STEM workshops
2018-10-15T10:31:31+00:00

Jimmy, Sydney

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The handouts and training provided were very effective and I really would highly recommend these workshops to others.

Thought-provoking

Thanks for an active, thought-provoking day.

Anna, Sydney

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

Anna, Sydney

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Thanks for an active, thought-provoking day.

Great workshop

Great workshop, Hayley is very helpful and friendly.

Engineering workshop, Carlton

STEM workshops
2018-10-17T09:58:36+00:00

Engineering workshop, Carlton

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Great workshop, Hayley is very helpful and friendly.

Great, fun evening

Great, fun evening. Easy learning because it was hands on.

Taster workshop, Sydney

STEM workshops
2018-10-17T09:59:37+00:00

Taster workshop, Sydney

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Great, fun evening. Easy learning because it was hands on.

Fantastic workshop

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

Mathematics workshop, Brisbane

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

Mathematics workshop, Brisbane

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

Loved the workshop

Hayley was a good speaker! I loved the workshop because of the activities and the way she presented the topic.

Mathematics workshop, Sydney

STEM workshops
2018-10-17T11:54:50+00:00

Mathematics workshop, Sydney

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Hayley was a good speaker! I loved the workshop because of the activities and the way she presented the topic.

Inspired me

Got many ideas and it inspired me to do more science!

Water workshop, ACT

STEM workshops
2018-10-22T15:00:01+00:00

Water workshop, ACT

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Got many ideas and it inspired me to do more science!

Brilliant, practical, engaging

Thanks Hayley – brilliant, practical, engaging and fun. Lots to cover. I feel inspired and supported.

Mathematics workshop, Sydney

STEM workshops
2018-10-17T11:58:49+00:00

Mathematics workshop, Sydney

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Thanks Hayley – brilliant, practical, engaging and fun. Lots to cover. I feel inspired and supported.

Best PD ever!

Literally best PD ever!

Kirsty, Melbourne

STEM workshops
2018-10-02T10:52:38+00:00

Kirsty, Melbourne

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Literally best PD ever!

Lots of ideas

Got lots of ideas from this session which will help children to learn more about science experiments.

Johnathon, Melbourne

STEM workshops
2018-10-02T10:51:34+00:00

Johnathon, Melbourne

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Got lots of ideas from this session which will help children to learn more about science experiments.

Very well run

Thank you! Very well run + highly met my expectations.

Water workshop, NSW

STEM workshops
2018-10-22T15:07:10+00:00

Water workshop, NSW

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Thank you! Very well run + highly met my expectations.

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

Local Network Partnership – Train the trainer program

We have a growing community of over 35 partners nationwide delivering the Little Scientists program to educators in their communities.  If you would like to support STEM learning and the Little Scientists program, ask about becoming a local network partner today.

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