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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.

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We have eight 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.

ACOUSTICS + Peer group learning *NEW*

Fizzle, 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 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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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 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 + 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 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 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 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 + 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 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

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 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 + 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 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 + 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 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 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 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

Amazing!

This workshop was amazing.

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

STEM workshops
2019-01-21T10:47:22+10:00

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

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This workshop was amazing.

Extended my STEM knowledge

The workshop was brilliant. It was engaging, helpful and extended my knowledge of STEM.

Water workshop, ACT

STEM workshops
2018-10-22T14:52:31+10:00

Water workshop, ACT

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The workshop was brilliant. It was engaging, helpful and extended my knowledge of STEM.

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+10:00

Engineering workshop, Carlton

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

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.

Love the hands-on

Love the hands-on nature of these workshops. Jessica does a really good job explaining the concepts and experiences.

Engineering workshop, Melbourne

STEM workshops
2018-10-17T12:01:32+10:00

Engineering workshop, Melbourne

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Love the hands-on nature of these workshops. Jessica does a really good job explaining the concepts and experiences.

Very well run

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

Water workshop, NSW

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

Water workshop, NSW

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

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+10:00

Mathematics workshop, Sydney

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

Fantastic info

Fantastic info. Really enjoyed the hands on experience.

Optics workshop, Melbourne

STEM workshops
2018-10-22T14:38:53+10:00

Optics workshop, Melbourne

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Fantastic info. Really enjoyed the hands on experience.

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.

Great workshop

Thanks for providing us with a great workshop.

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

STEM workshops
2019-01-21T10:51:02+10:00

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

Optics workshop logo
Thanks for providing us with a great workshop.

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+10:00

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.

Wanting to do more

Wanting to do more workshops.

Water workshop, ACT

STEM workshops
2018-10-22T14:58:20+10:00

Water workshop, ACT

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Wanting to do more workshops.

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+10:00

Johnathon, Melbourne

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

Hands on activities

Lots of discussion and hands on activities.

Water workshop, WA

STEM workshops
2019-05-22T09:44:25+10:00

Water workshop, WA

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Lots of discussion and hands on activities.

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.

 

Did you know…

Little Scientists can provide cost-effective, in-service training in selected areas around Australia.

Train your team of educators for a full-day (Mon-Sat) or two, split-evening sessions (Mon-Fri) in one of our workshops. Discounts applied for returning services.

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