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Choosing your STEM workshops

We have 7 engaging, play-based workshops to choose from, with new ones added regularly. In each workshop, you’ll explore a specific STEM topic and pedagogical technique. Prior STEM knowledge is not required.

Each full-day STEM workshop costs only 115* per person. * Until 30 June 2019
Workshop dates and locations are added often, so visit us again soon for more options.
If you have any questions, get in touch.

In-service training

The Little Scientists program is able to provide 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. Ask us for a quote.

Browse/book workshops by topic

Select an icon below, to see available dates and locations for each workshop topic.

Good to know – NESA & 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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AIR
Metacognition

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MATHEMATICS
Mathematical reasoning

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COMPUTER SCIENCE
Computational thinking

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WATER
Inquiry-based learning and co-construction

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ENGINEERING
Technical education

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HUMAN BODY
Scientific models

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OPTICS
Project work

Workshop overview

Each additional workshop topic completed builds on from your previous learning, deepening your insights into the concepts of inquiry-based learning, metacognition and co-construction.

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WATER
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.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE
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.

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AIR
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.

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ENGINEERING
Explore forces and effects: invent, design and construct. Discover your inner engineer and find out how to encourage children’s technical thinking process in an active learning environment.

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OPTICS
Enjoy a day full of lights, colours and optical illusions. Explore the land of mirrors, colourful shadows and nature’s paint palette. Learn about project work and collect ideas for child-led projects that scaffold the children’s learning and development.

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MATHEMATICS
Explore shape and space, symmetry, solids, surfaces and symbols. Experience how the magic of mathematics is hidden in everyday life. Learn about, and how to encourage the development of abstract thought processes.

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HUMAN BODY
Learn about the fascinating functions of our bodies and organs, muscles, skeleton and joints. Discover how to use different prototypes and models, and learn about the development of our sense of self.

About our workshop program

The Little Scientists program has been designed to train our dedicated and professional early childhood educators and teachers how to integrate playful and inquiry-based STEM exploration in their daily educational activities.

Our hands-on and fun workshop program is based on intentional, inquiry-based learning, and promotes an active, inclusive, play-based and co-constructed learning environment. It draws on current knowledge in developmental psychology, learning research and incorporates numerous empirical findings and observations made over the past ten years.

Our program encourages daily scientific explorations enabling development of fine motor skills, self-confidence, problem-solving skills, resilience, social skills and language. It provides teachers and educators 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).

Early STEM education is prioritised and supported through the Australian Government Department of Education and Training’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Every service or school in Australia working with children from 3 to 6 years of age can join our program:

  • Our workshops provide a range of tools and educational concepts that support the implementation of daily inquiry-based STEM discovery and research. To make scientific exploration accessible to every service and school in Australia, all our workshops are built around using existing, low-cost, everyday materials.
  • After each workshop, teachers and educators can immediately facilitate child-led STEM exploration in an early childhood setting, enabling STEM literacy and lifelong enthusiasm for research and discovery.
  • The hands-on workshop experience and the supportive material provided, spark teachers’ and educators’ own interest in STEM topics, builds their confidence and excitement about scientific research.
  • Our workshop program offers a range of workshops covering specific STEM topics and educational concepts. Through every additional workshop the individual’s STEM knowledge grows – step-by-step – as new inquiry-based teaching strategies, educational concepts and scientific exploration ideas are introduced, leading to holistic personal and professional long-term development.
  • To further support continuous professional growth, we introduce new relevant STEM topics each year.  (It is compulsory to start our program with the Water Exploration workshop. The order for attending additional workshop topics is open for the participant to decide.)

We look forward to seeing you in our workshops and to explore STEM in a group of dedicated early childhood professionals. Together we can amplify children’s natural curiosity and nurture their passion for scientific exploration!

Become a Local Network Partner

Train the trainer program

We believe it is important for communities to support one another, which is why our local network partnership model is central to ensuring the accessibility of the highest quality professional development workshops.

We have a growing community of over 30 partners nationwide delivering the Little Scientists program to educators.  If you would like to support the Little Scientists program in your community, ask about becoming a local network partner today.

If your organisation is interested in helping to further grow our program across Australia by delivering Little Scientists workshops in your local area, please get in touch to discuss a network partnership with us.

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