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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 $200 per person.

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, Acoustics and Human Body 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.

STEM Workshop Topics

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. More info »

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. More info »

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. More info »

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. More info »

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. More info »

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. More info »

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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AIR + Metacognitive thinking in early childhood with Dyson

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. More info »

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. More info »

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. More info »

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. More info »

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. More info »

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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Testimonials & Feedback

Self discovery

Encouraged self-discovery in the journey of learning.

Optics workshop, NSW

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

Optics workshop, NSW

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Encouraged self-discovery in the journey of learning.

Practical

Hands-on experiences and practical information.

Air workshop, Brenton, WA

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

Air workshop, Brenton, WA

Hands-on experiences and practical information.

Very well run

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

Water workshop, NSW

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2018-10-22T15:07:10+11:00

Water workshop, NSW

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

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

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2018-10-17T12:01:32+11:00

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.

Can’t wait

We can’t wait to do another one!

Water workshop, Wilcannia

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2019-07-30T15:57:40+10:00

Water workshop, Wilcannia

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We can’t wait to do another one!

I was challenged

I was challenged to think about how I engage with children during learning experiences.

Human Body, NSW

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2019-07-30T15:11:50+10:00

Human Body, NSW

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I was challenged to think about how I engage with children during learning experiences.

Great workshop

Thanks for providing us with a great workshop.

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

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2019-01-21T10:51:02+11:00

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

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Thanks for providing us with a great workshop.

Primary connections

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

Engineering, Claire, WA

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

Engineering, Claire, WA

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

My 4th workshop!

I love the workshops. This is my 4th and I'm due for another in June.

Human Body, NSW

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2019-07-30T15:16:00+10:00

Human Body, NSW

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I love the workshops. This is my 4th and I'm due for another in June.

Share and network

Excellent to share and network.

Air workshop, WA

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T12:31:10+10:00

Air workshop, WA

Excellent to share and network.

Brilliant, practical, engaging

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

Mathematics workshop, Sydney

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2018-10-17T11:58:49+11:00

Mathematics workshop, Sydney

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

Exceptional service

Hayley provided exceptional customer service and explained the topics and concepts extremely well.

Computer Science, Sydney

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2019-07-30T11:49:01+10:00

Computer Science, Sydney

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Hayley provided exceptional customer service and explained the topics and concepts extremely well.

Great ideas

Great ideas for the future.

Human Body, NSW

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2019-07-30T15:18:23+10:00

Human Body, NSW

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Great ideas for the future.

Guiding questions

Hands-on experiences, guiding questions so we knew what/how to investigate.

Air workshop, Erin, WA

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T14:06:48+10:00

Air workshop, Erin, WA

Hands-on experiences, guiding questions so we knew what/how to investigate.

Inviting & supportive

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

Optics workshop, Melbourne

STEM workshops
2018-10-22T14:41:49+11:00

Optics workshop, Melbourne

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

Hands-on activities

Hands-on activities and opportunity for group discussion.

Engineering, WA

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T14:33:55+10:00

Engineering, WA

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Hands-on activities and opportunity for group discussion.

Lots of great ideas

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

Air workshop, Jodie, WA

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

Air workshop, Jodie, WA

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

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+10:00

Mathematics workshop, Brisbane

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

Open discussion

Hands-on and open discussion.

Human Body, NSW

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

Human Body, NSW

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Hands-on and open discussion.

I highly recommend

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

Jimmy, Sydney

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2018-10-15T10:31:31+11:00

Jimmy, Sydney

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