AIECS is a Queensland Local Network Partner with the “Little Scientists” Initiative.
To discover the joy of STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), children need to be given the opportunity to explore the world in a nurturing and playful setting that boosts their natural eagerness to learn. We believe this is best done by encouraging an active learning environment, where early childhood educators and teachers are learning facilitators and the children undertake the actual learning, problem-solving, exploration and research themselves.
We offer a series of workshops that empower educators and teachers working with children from 3 to 6 years of age to explore STEM with confidence and joy. Our hands-on workshops provide a range of tools and educational concepts that support the implementation of child-led discovery and research. To make scientific exploration as accessible as possible, all our workshops are built around using existing, low-cost, everyday materials.
The Little Scientists program includes a series of workshops, each with the emphasis on a specific STEM topic and educational concept, beginning with the foundation workshop exploring Water. Through every additional workshop, the participant’s confidence with respect to inquiry-based STEM learning grows, as they – step-by-step – continue to expand their knowledge and take on additional teaching strategies.
Each year we introduce new STEM workshops to provide a holistic professional development program. At each workshop, the participants receive supportive educational material providing background information on the topic, scientific facts and a variety of stimuli to encourage daily scientific research.
We offer six STEM focused workshops – WATER, AIR, OPTICS, ENGINEERING, CHEMICAL REACTIONS and COMPUTER SCIENCE, once you have completed two of the workshops you can then apply to become a “Certified Little Scientists House“.
By participating in the Little Scientists professional development program offering a series of workshops, you will be empowered with STEM confidence and learn how to implement creative and fun discovery activities with the children in your care using affordable everyday materials and recycled items.
These workshops will engage children in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related subjects from an
early age (3 to 6 years of age) with a strong focus on the children’s innovative ideas and curiosity.
Every service or school in Australia working with children from 3 to 6 years of age can join our program and participate in our workshops. Additionally, we offer the opportunity to become a certified Little Scientists House. This entitles you to your own Little Scientists Certification plaque, and the benefit of ensuring parents that your service or school is dedicated and continuously implementing the latest in inquiry-based STEM learning.
Early STEM education is prioritized and supported through the Australian Government Department of Education and Training’s Australian National Innovation and Science Agenda.
The overarching goal of the Little Scientists STEM program is to improve access to high quality education for all children from an early age and to support the long-term quality development of all education and care services nationwide that are dedicated to incorporate research and discovery into the children’s everyday life.
The Little Scientists Certification entitles you to your Certification plaque and the benefit of ensuring parents that your service or school is dedicated to daily playful STEM exploration in an active learning environment incorporating the concepts of inquiry-based learning, metacognition and co-construction.
Little Scientists Australia is a not-for-profit professional development program for early childhood educators and teachers, combining inquiry-based learning with age-appropriate STEM exploration (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
For more information and dates contact – College Admin – 07 3451 9990 or firstname.lastname@example.org/