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Early technical education

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About this workshop

During this seven-hour workshop, you will explore the impact of physical forces through leveraging, lifting, swinging and moving and investigate how engineers utilise these forces. You will define the purpose of engineering and consider what a world without engineering would be like.

The workshop will help you recognise opportunities for technical learning in everyday life and show you how to scaffold children’s eagerness to invent, produce, analyse and experiment. You will recognise individual preferences in technical education and explore your own technical approach.

By the end of this workshop, you will know how to integrate technical education into your setting in age-appropriate ways.

This workshop aligns with the principles, practices and outcomes of the EYLF, NQF and the Australian Curriculum.

Topic description

This STEM learning opportunity will help you:

  • learn how to recognise opportunities for technical education
  • explore invention, production, analysis and experimentation as facets of engineering
  • recognise individual preferences in technical education and explore your own technical approach
  • discover physical forces while leveraging, lifting, swinging and moving
  • benefit from the exchange with like-minded educators and reflect on your current practice

You will also receive comprehensive materials with lots of STEM ideas and information about inquiry-based practices.

Who should do this course?

This workshop is designed for early childhood educators and teachers, educational leaders and leaders with managerial responsibilities.

There are no prerequisites for this STEM Engineering workshop. Prior STEM knowledge is not required.

Something to think about before the workshop:

  • What do children love to invent, test, analyse or produce?
  • How do I approach technical issues?

Feedback from previous Engineering workshops

I feel incredibly motivated

Fantastic Workshop! I feel incredibly motivated and excited about introducing STEM topics. Amazing presentation! Informative and fun!
2018-10-17T12:00:42+10:00

Engineering workshop, Melbourne

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Fantastic Workshop! I feel incredibly motivated and excited about introducing STEM topics. Amazing presentation! Informative and fun!

Promotes confidence

Jess and her program were very engaging. She has a great knowledge of the subject and promotes confidence in developing activities with the young children.
2018-10-22T15:13:44+10:00

Engineering, Toyota workshop, Melbourne

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Jess and her program were very engaging. She has a great knowledge of the subject and promotes confidence in developing activities with the young children.

Interactive, great ideas

Workshop was very hands on and interactive, great ideas, and better understanding of engineering we encounter in everyday life. Jessica was wonderful. Very clear and inclusive, thank you.
2018-10-17T12:02:22+10:00

Engineering workshop, Melbourne

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Workshop was very hands on and interactive, great ideas, and better understanding of engineering we encounter in everyday life. Jessica was wonderful. Very clear and inclusive, thank you.

Love the hands on

Love the hands on nature of these workshops. Jessica does a great job explain the concepts and experiences.
2018-10-22T15:16:20+10:00

Engineering, Toyota workshop, Melbourne

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Love the hands on nature of these workshops. Jessica does a great job explain the concepts and experiences.

Another fantastic workshop

Another fantastic workshop by the Little Scientists! Thanks to the team, and Toyota for providing these opportunities for educators to be able to share with our children/ Thanks Jess! You did Awesome!
2018-10-17T12:03:05+10:00

Engineering workshop, Melbourne

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Another fantastic workshop by the Little Scientists! Thanks to the team, and Toyota for providing these opportunities for educators to be able to share with our children/ Thanks Jess! You did Awesome!

Love the hands-on

Love the hands-on nature of these workshops. Jessica does a really good job explaining the concepts and experiences.
2018-10-17T12:01:32+10:00

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.

Great space

Great space for colleagues to discuss the role of STEM in their own programs/organisations.
2018-10-17T09:58:00+10:00

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.
2018-10-17T09:56:49+10:00

Engineering workshop, Carlton

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

Team building was great

Team building was great. I came away feeling excited to try activities out with my Kinder group.
2018-10-22T15:11:19+10:00

Engineering, Toyota workshop, Melbourne

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Team building was great. I came away feeling excited to try activities out with my Kinder group.

Great workshop

Great workshop, Hayley is very helpful and friendly.
2018-10-17T09:58:36+10:00

Engineering workshop, Carlton

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Great workshop, Hayley is very helpful and friendly.
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Good to know

  • Hands-on and interactive
  • Exchange with like-minded people
  • Practical and reflective phases
  • Focus on implementation into practice
  • Aligned with EYLF, NQF and Australian Curriculum
  • NESA accredited
Carrying a bottle between wooden poles and string
Using different methods to attach objects to suspended rope
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