AN investigation of water earnt little scientists at Beechboro Christian School a state award.
The 2018 Little Scientists Early STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) award celebrates the commitment and dedication of early childhood educators to inquiry-based learning allowing children to learn as they explore, discover, create, improvise, test theories and imagine.
The student’s investigations began with the question, ‘what is water?’, leading them to further studies in the role of water in rainbows and sunlight.
The project even extended into the sports and swimming programs, looking into how to make their bodies float.
Beechboro Christian School teacher Hazel Grove said STEM learning experiences provided children with important opportunities to help them make sense of the world.
“The hands-on approach in the project encouraged the children to engage in sensory experiences which cater so well for young children’s learning,” she said.
“The activities show us how important it is for young children to participate in a wide range of meaningful and relevant learning encounters at school, at home and in the community.”
Little Scientists Australia project director Sibylle Seidler presented the Bennett Springs school with the award.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Little Scientists is supported through the Australian National Innovation and Science Agenda.
By Claire Ottaviano