STEM inquiry: co-constructed environments for curious minds

By Little Scientists Australia


Price $45 (members price $40.50)
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National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA5Relationships with children
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
1Know students and how they learn
2Know the content and how to teach it


Little Scientists Australia
Little Scientists provides professional development workshops in STEM topics to early childhood educators and teachers, aiming to promote their confidence in recognising STEM learning opportunities and implementing playful, inquiry-based experiences in children’s daily lives. The workshops include topics such as acoustics, water, computer science, and the human body, where educational concepts such as co-construction, language...
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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.

Duration: 1 hour

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Completing STEM inquiry will contribute 1 hour of PD addressing standards 2.1.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.