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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

  • All workshops completed before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority NESA Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Early Years Learning Framework.
  • Little Scientists Engineering, Design and Technologies, Chemical Reactions 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 »

Teacher accreditation…

Completing the STEM Design and Technologies educator workshop before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 2.1.2, 3.3.2, 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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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 »

Teacher accreditation…

Completing the STEM Acoustics educator workshop before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 6.2.2 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. More info »

Teacher accreditation…

Completing the STEM Water educator workshop before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 6.2.2 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. More info »

Teacher accreditation…

Completing the STEM Computer Science educator workshop before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 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 »

Teacher accreditation…

Completing the STEM Chemical Reactions educator workshop before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 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

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 »

Teacher accreditation…

Completing the STEM Air educator workshop before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 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 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 »

Teacher accreditation…

Completing the STEM Air educator workshop before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 6.2.2 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. More info »

Teacher accreditation…

Completing the STEM Engineering educator workshop before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 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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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 »

Teacher accreditation…

Completing the STEM Optics educator workshop before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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MATHEMATICS + mathematical reasoning

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 »

Teacher accreditation…

Completing the STEM Mathematics educator workshop before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 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 »

Teacher accreditation…

Completing the STEM Human Body educator workshop before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 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

Extended my STEM knowledge

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

Water workshop, ACT

Great ideas

Great ideas for the future.

Human Body, NSW

Hands-on activities

Hands-on activities and opportunity for group discussion.

Engineering, WA

Learnt & understood

I learnt and understood so much.

Human Body, NSW

Great, fun evening

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

Taster workshop, Sydney

Open discussion

Hands-on and open discussion.

Human Body, NSW

Can’t wait

We can’t wait to do another one!

Water workshop, Wilcannia

Lots of ideas

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

Johnathon, Melbourne

Time to play

Time to play and ask questions.

Air workshop, WA

Self discovery

Encouraged self-discovery in the journey of learning.

Optics workshop, NSW

So excited

Fantastic and so excited to start implementing inquiry more in my classroom.

Air workshop, Rhiannon, WA

Guiding questions

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

Air workshop, Erin, WA

Very well run

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

Water workshop, NSW

Amazing!

This workshop was amazing.

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

Wanting to do more

Wanting to do more workshops.

Water workshop, ACT

A great day

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

Human Body, Gracelyn, NSW

Inspired me

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

Water workshop, ACT

Primary connections

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

Engineering, Claire, WA

Exceptional service

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

Computer Science, Sydney

Practical / peer interaction

Really enjoyed the practical nature of the workshop – and the interaction with peers in similar roles and situations.

Mathematics workshops, Brisbane

100% engaging

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

Water workshop, Wilcannia

Loved all of it

Loved all of it, it really broadens your thinking outside the box.

Engineering, Lynette, Thurgoona

Great space

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

Engineering workshop, Carlton

Hands-on & engaging

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

Water workshop, ACT

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