Spatial reasoning and STEM for early years

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Dr Kym Simoncini
Dr Kym Simoncini is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the University of Canberra.

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This webinar examines the importance of Spatial reasoning – the ability to mentally manipulate information about objects and the environment in which we live. From deciding where to park a car in a shopping centre, to being able to accurately read x-ray and ultrasound imaging; spatial reasoning skills are developed from birth.

Acquiring spatial reasoning skills in early childhood is considered one of the best predictors of future potential STEM learning, but how can educators support children to develop these skills? Dr Kym Simoncini takes spatial learning to the floor of an early childhood education and care service to examine the ways educators are already facilitating STEM learning in this 2017 Live Wires Forum presentation.

After completing this webinar, you will have learnt:

  • What spatial reasoning is and why it is important
  • How spatial reasoning skills provide an indication for future potential STEM learning
  • Practical ways to facilitate active critical and creative thinking that develop overall STEM skills in young children, including basic coding language and skills.

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