STEM in Early Childhood

By Dr Kate Highfield


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QA3Physical environment
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
3Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning


Dr Kate Highfield
Kate Highfield is an experienced teacher and researcher with an interest in how technology impacts on learning, pedagogy and play.


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.

After completing this course, you will understand:

  • 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?

Duration: 2 hours

Completing STEM in early childhood will contribute 1 hour of PD addressing standard 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.




Watch the trailer for this module below: