Podcast: Accelerating STEM in Preschools

Accelerating STEM in Preschools

Accelerating STEM in Preschools

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Little Scientists Australia is a nation-wide accelerator program for preschool teachers wanting to make STEM shine for early learners. Funded by the Australian Federal Government and supported by PwC, the Little Scientists team is helping prepare young minds by building capacity.

“Am I actually looking at the world with open eyes? How many questions do I have about the world on a regular basis? From our perspective this is the foundation… the more curious I am as an educator, the more exciting discoveries I can make with my children”. Sibylle Seidler.

After chatting with Sibylle Seidler and Heike Schneider, we also look at easy ways you can run science lessons for toddlers plus we revisit a grab from a past episode in which Adam Selinger from the Childrens Discovery Center discusses why modeling mistakes, failure and omissions can be a trigger for deeper learning in hands-on science lessons.

Sibylle Seidler and Heike Schneider from Little Scientists Australia

Sibylle Seidler and Heike Schneider from Little Scientists Australia

Top 3 learnings from this episode

 

  1. Target student misconceptions from early on. Ask lots of questions!
  2. Identify your why? The more curious you are as an educator, the more kids will follow you.
  3. Embrace that kids at this age love science, even if you don’t use the word ‘science’ specifically. It’s all about exploring and discovery. As you try more and more experiments, your confidence will grow.

About Little Scientists

Little Scientists logo - two children holding a microscope and a leaf

Little Scientists offers a professional development program in STEM for early childhood educators and teachers that work with young children aged 3-6 years. Their unique and comprehensive program provides an affordable opportunity to upskill in inquiry-based learning in STEM with a long-term impact on each child’s STEM confidence and individual educational journey.

 

About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It’s not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it’s about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

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