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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

Lots of ideas

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

Johnathon, Melbourne

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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.

Great space

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

Engineering workshop, Carlton

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2018-10-17T09:58:00+11:00

Engineering workshop, Carlton

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

The resources are amazing

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

Engineering workshop, Carlton

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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.

Practical / peer interaction

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

Mathematics workshops, Brisbane

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2018-10-02T10:48:58+10:00

Mathematics workshops, Brisbane

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

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.

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+11:00

Mathematics workshop, Sydney

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

Practical… easy to apply

Material presented in a practical manner - easy to apply when working with children.

Human Body, NSW

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2019-07-30T15:06:17+10:00

Human Body, NSW

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Material presented in a practical manner - easy to apply when working with children.

Made science fun

Science can be daunting but this made it fun.

Human Body, NSW

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2019-07-30T15:16:59+10:00

Human Body, NSW

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Science can be daunting but this made it fun.

Time to play

Time to play and ask questions.

Air workshop, WA

STEM workshops
2019-07-30T14:18:13+10:00

Air workshop, WA

Time to play and ask questions.

Amazeballs!

Loved it! Totally “amazeballs"

Amanda, Sydney

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2018-10-02T10:53:35+10:00

Amanda, Sydney

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Loved it! Totally “amazeballs"

Loved the balance

Loved the balance between practical and discussion.

Engineering, Jacqui, Thurgoona

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2019-07-30T14:50:42+10:00

Engineering, Jacqui, Thurgoona

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Loved the balance between practical and discussion.

This made Science fun

Science can be daunting but this made it fun!
STEM workshops
2019-05-22T09:05:45+10:00
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Science can be daunting but this made it fun!

Highly recommend

Great workshop. Highly recommend it.

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

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

Baccus Marsh, Optics workshop

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Great workshop. Highly recommend it.

So excited

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

Air workshop, Rhiannon, WA

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2019-07-30T13:55:55+10:00

Air workshop, Rhiannon, WA

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

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.

Share and network

Excellent to share and network.

Air workshop, WA

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

Air workshop, WA

Excellent to share and network.

Brilliant presenter!!!!

Brilliant presenter!!!!

Air workshop, WA

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

Air workshop, WA

Brilliant presenter!!!!

Great, fun evening

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

Taster workshop, Sydney

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2018-10-17T09:59:37+11:00

Taster workshop, Sydney

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

Best PD ever!

Literally best PD ever!

Kirsty, Melbourne

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2018-10-02T10:52:38+10:00

Kirsty, Melbourne

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Literally best PD ever!

Enjoyed… hands-on

Really enjoyed the hands-on activities. Was a good workshop.

Engineering, WA

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2019-07-30T14:36:25+10:00

Engineering, WA

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Really enjoyed the hands-on activities. Was a good workshop.
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