STEM thinking in early childhood
STEM Detectives is an innovative and comprehensive program designed specifically for the Early Years Sector. It builds the understanding and capacity of early years educators and families in the principles of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). This enables educators and families to better support children’s natural dispositions for curiosity, creativity and investigative thinking. Our approach to STEM is developmentally appropriate, grounded in play based learning and integrates art and creative expression.
We have designed a program that helps you identify the STEM and the arts that is already happening through everyday activities, and to further extend this thinking. Children are natural scientists who regularly engage in investigation, questioning, hypothesising, wondering and critical thinking. These skills will be increasingly important in the future for their education, career opportunities, problem solving and resilience.
STEM Detectives helps you see what children are doing through the STEM magnifying glass, identifying scientific thinking, mathematical thinking, problem solving, engineering principles and technology (and we don’t just mean computers, tablets and apps!). Once you know what to look for, you will see it everywhere! STEM Detectives will then give you the tools and strategies you need to extend these concepts and provide opportunities for children to continue to develop a love of STEM!
We provide a comprehensive range of resources, tools and professional development to build your confidence and knowledge of STEM as well as artistic thinking. We will help you identify opportunities to integrate STEM into your existing programs without the need for extra documentation or equipment. You can access our resources, tools and professional development as you need them, tailoring a solution to meet the needs of your educators, children and families.
STEM Detectives Professional Development
STEM Detectives professional development has been created specifically for the Early Years Sector including Family Day Care, Long Day Care, Out of School Hours Care and Preschool Services. Our Professional Development sessions are flexible and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.
Professional Development can be delivered as either full day or half day sessions (twilight or evening sessions available).
So if you're curious about STEM, we would love to work with your team. Explore the what, why and how of STEM in Early Childhood settings and how to identify it in children’s play. We want to support Early Childhood Educators to provide engaging STEM experiences for young children through play and inquiry-based learning.
Find out more about our STEM Detectives Professional Development Sessions here.
STEM Detective Book has arrived!
We are very excited that our long awaited STEM Detectives book is now available!
A comprehensive reference for educators working with children 0 - 8 in a range of settings to provide engaging STEM experiences for young children. Loads of pictures, real life examples and case studies and practical tips for embedding STEM into your practice.
Order your copy now, visit our store and buy online or download an order form.