Beechboro Christian School has been announced as the Western Australia state winner of the 2018 Little Scientists Early STEM Award.
The award celebrates the commitment and dedication of early childhood educators to inquiry-based learning in early STEM education, providing opportunities for children to learn as they explore, discover, create, improvise, test theories and imagine.
“I’m delighted to present Beechboro Christian School with the 2018 Little Scientists Early STEM Award for their successful work in integrating STEM experiences in everyday learning,” said Sibylle Seidler, Project Director of Little Scientists Australia.
Beechboro Christian School’s project ‘The wonders of water’ began with the question, ‘What is water?’. From there, the children went on a voyage of discovery investigating the aggregate states of water and bringing in the rainbows and sunlight. The project captured the children’s ideas and incorporated inquiry-based learning and STEM activities extending to the sports program and swimming, even looking into how to make your body float.
“We want all of Australia’s children to grow into resilient individuals capable of critical thinking and problem solving through inquiry-based learning and playful scientific exploration. We firmly believe that together with early childhood professionals we are changing the educational landscape of Australia,” said Sibylle Seidler.
Early STEM education is a priority for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and Little Scientists is supported through the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
Little Scientists’ workshops focus on the principles and practice outlined by the Early Years Learning Framework teaching early childhood educators to program, document and communicate authentic and holistic learning for the children in their care.
Little Scientists designed the Early STEM Award to recognise educators and teachers who implement inquiry-based research and discovery in their early childhood services and schools as the ongoing dedication and effort of educators, as demonstrated by Beechboro Christian School, is crucial to spreading STEM learning across the country.