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Tips for explaining abstract concepts to early learners

Ben Newsome

Making key concepts understandable for young children Explaining science & technology to early learners can be quite the challenge, especially when the ideas you want to convey are difficult for kids to visualise. In this article, we look into some ways to break down the communication challenge and make your...

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Science in Blaze and the Monster Machines

Ben Newsome

Preschool STEM on TV! Science for preschoolers! Since 2014, Nickelodeon has run Blaze and Monster Machines, an animated cartoon series designed to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts to preschool children. Created by Jeff Borkin and Ellen Martin, Blaze and the Monster Machines highlights concepts such as friction, trajectories,...

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Accelerating STEM in Preschools

Ben Newsome

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.

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Essential components of a STEAM lesson

Ben Newsome

It all about the Engineering Design Process! When it comes to teaching kids about the design process in the real works, nothing beats a STEAM lesson (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics all meshed together). Students love a project-based lesson where they can explore their creativity to solve challenges using...

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Our comprehensive guide to SLIME!

Jaqueline Kao

Why slime? They're making it at home, at school, and even selling it on the internet! Slime-making is the latest fad sweeping across the globe. We've combed the internet to bring you this extensive list of recipes, ideas and the science of slime!

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Why establishing science clubs for preschoolers works

Ben Newsome

Adam Selinger from the Children’s Discovery Museum in Wollongong discusses why establishing science clubs in libraries for children under 5 years old through the Little Bang Discovery Club has been such a success. We also chat about the importance of allowing kids to guide their own learning and experience failures...

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How to pick a great educational science toy

Ben Newsome

What do we look for in science toys? Science educational toys, they're everywhere! A trip to the shopping mall will take you quickly past racks of toys and gizmos, each proclaiming a variety of educational benefits that be gained. The question is, are the claims for these educational toys all...

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Robo Wunderkind: early years robotics & blocks combined

Ben Newsome

Building robots just got better Delivering school STEM workshops across the country is such a rewarding job, especially when you get to hear from motivated teachers about the new edtech solutions they've come across! This week was one of these weeks where we heard about Robo Wunderkind, a combination of...

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10 Science experiments for toddlers

Ben Newsome

Toddler science made simple! Are there science experiments that a 2 year old could do? Absolutely! Young children are rapidly learning about their world through their 5 senses and as such you can easily provide rich experiences that show how the world works just by targeting sight, hearing, smell, touch...

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How to teach science using role plays

Ben Newsome

Using role plays to grab the imagination! Role playing in education has been used for years as a tool for kids to understand the world around them. By combining play, games and simulation in scenarios that teach science, students get a real feel for what it is like to be...

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20 ways to impart a love of science with your kids

Ben Newsome

Inspire their curiosity! So you love science & technology? Want to impart this enthusiasm onto your kids? No problem! Children are born as curious learners and exposing them to science doesn't have to be an arduous and formal process. Given this, here's just some of the ways you can introduce...

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Ideas for teaching science to preschool children

Ben Newsome

Early learning science that works There are so many options for teaching science in an preschool setting! Kids are highly inquisitive at this young age with an eagerness to investigate their world that older kids rarely match. Why not take advantage of this and create science lessons to match their...

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5 ways Beebots can teach students

Ben Newsome

Coding for younger students Got to love a Beebot! They're such a well designed robotics teaching tool for young students that not only serve as an entry mechanism for more complex robotics but used correctly can be a versatile tool for teachers wanting to creatively teach classroom content.

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5 solutions to classroom organisation & lesson planning using Trello

Ben Newsome

How to get your classroom on task and organised! These days there are so many little tasks a busy classroom teacher need to keep track that it can almost be overwhelming, especially for a new teacher on their first placement! The good news is that there are free apps that...

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