STEM in early childhood

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STEM in Early Childhood is a starting point to learn more about how the content areas of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (STEM) link with other curriculum areas and programming in early childhood settings. In this module, presenter Kate Highfield explores some of the ways that you can incorporate and strengthen STEM in your education practice with young children. Featuring video footage from Australian early childhood settings and interviews with early childhood professionals, this highly interactive module will build on your current knowledge and have you thinking about new and innovative ways to integrate STEM into everyday learning experiences.

Learning Objectives:

  • what STEM means and various definitions relating to STEM
  • how to encourage deep learning in STEM in a manner that is consistent with the Early Years Learning Framework
  • the difference between STEM content and STEM thinking and processes and why they matter in the early years
  • the four content pillars that underpin STEM
  • how to use adult and child interactions and the routines and rhythms of the day to work in STEM concepts
  • how to apply STEM in early childhood contexts
  • how to apply STEM in your local context, and
  • where you can learn more about STEM?

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Description

Dr Kate Highfield is an experienced teacher and researcher with an interest in how technology impacts on learning, pedagogy and play. Prior to moving to Swinburne University of Technology, Kate spent over a decade working as a classroom teacher and then ten years working as a lecturer at Macquarie University in the Institute of Early Childhood and as a research fellow at RIPPLE (Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education).

Kate researches the impact of technology as a tool with young children, parents and educators. Kate’s current research focuses on the use of technology in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), with a focus on touch technologies and tech-toys, including Interactive Screens, Tablets, iPads, robotics, smart toys and smartphones

Additional information

Presented by

Dr Kate Highfield

Links to the National Quality Standard

Quality Area 1: Educational program and practice, Quality Area 3: Physical environment

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Course Duration

60 Minutes