STEM inquiry: Co-constructed environments for curious minds

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This module is designed to encourage early childhood educators and teachers to engage in inquiry-based, child-led STEM practices. It discusses common notions of STEM and unfolds what STEM looks like in the early years. It also outlines the importance of STEM inquiry in the development of vital life skills and presents links to the Early Years Learning Framework.

The module will help participants explore everyday learning opportunities relevant to children’s lives and develop a basic understanding of co-constructed environments, the principles of inquiry-based learning and the concept of metacognition.

Through this module, participants will gain an understanding of:

  • STEM in an early years context
  • what inquiry-based and co-constructed learning is
  • why inquiry practices are important for children’s future
  • the educator’s role in STEM inquiry
  • how STEM inquiry links to the Early Years Learning Framework.

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Description

Little Scientists Australia is a not-for-profit initiative of FROEBEL Australia Limited. It provides professional development workshops in STEM topics to help early childhood educators and teachers recognise STEM learning opportunities and implement playful, inquiry-based experiences in their daily practice. Through diverse topics such as acoustics, computer science and the human body, these workshops explore educational concepts, including co-construction, language development, peer group learning and metacognition.

The program is an adaptation of the progressive educational approach of the German not-for-profit Haus der kleinen Forscher Foundation.

Additional information

Presented by

Little Scientists Australia

Links to the National Quality Standard

Quality Area 1: Educational program and practice, Quality Area 5: Relationships with children, Quality Area 6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

1 – Know students and how they learn, 2 – Know the content and how to teach it

Course Duration

60 Minutes

Australian Qualifications Framework

Level 5