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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 addition 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. *4 hours for online workshops.
  • 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. *4 hours for online workshops.
  • 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 »

Good to know...This topic is offered as a face-to-face or online workshop.

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 »

Good to know...This topic is offered as a face-to-face or online workshop.

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 (4 hours for online workshops).

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours (4 hours for online workshops) 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 »

Good to know...This topic is offered as a face-to-face or online workshop.

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 »

Good to know...This topic is offered as a face-to-face or online workshop.

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 (4 hours for online workshops).

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours (4 hours for online workshops) 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

Very well run

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

Water workshop, NSW

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

Water workshop, NSW

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

Great workshop

Great workshop, Hayley is very helpful and friendly.

Engineering workshop, Carlton

STEM workshops
2018-10-17T09:58:36+11:00

Engineering workshop, Carlton

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Great workshop, Hayley is very helpful and friendly.

Highly recommend

Great workshop. Highly recommend it.

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

STEM workshops
2019-01-21T10:53:36+11:00

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

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Great workshop. Highly recommend it.

Brilliant presenter!!!!

Brilliant presenter!!!!

Air workshop, WA

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T12:29:55+10:00

Air workshop, WA

Brilliant presenter!!!!

Amazing!

This workshop was amazing.

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

STEM workshops
2019-01-21T10:47:22+11:00

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

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This workshop was amazing.

Practical and informative

Practical and informative.

Optics workshop, NSW

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T11:55:37+10:00

Optics workshop, NSW

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Practical and informative.

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.

Explore & discover

Opportunities to explore, discover and to make out own learning.

Human Body, NSW

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T15:24:24+10:00

Human Body, NSW

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Opportunities to explore, discover and to make out own learning.

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.

Can’t wait

We can’t wait to do another one!

Water workshop, Wilcannia

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

Water workshop, Wilcannia

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We can’t wait to do another one!

Hands-on & engaging

The hands on experiences were engaging and fitted in well with the other learning opportunities.

Water workshop, ACT

STEM workshops
2019-05-22T11:25:27+10:00

Water workshop, ACT

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The hands on experiences were engaging and fitted in well with the other learning opportunities.

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+11:00

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.

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.

Learnt & understood

I learnt and understood so much.

Human Body, NSW

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T15:04:31+10:00

Human Body, NSW

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I learnt and understood so much.

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.

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+11:00

Engineering workshop, Carlton

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

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

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

Air workshop, Jodie, WA

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

Springboard thinking

Love the ideas, they really help to springboard thinking about how to implement in the classroom.

Engineering, Kim, WA

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T14:28:37+10:00

Engineering, Kim, WA

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Love the ideas, they really help to springboard thinking about how to implement in the classroom.
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