Integrating STEM-based Play in Early Childhood Education

The 21st century requires us to develop children's critical thinking, problem-solving and resiliency related behaviours. Engaging children in STEM-based play can enable these skills. Research also suggests that children's creativity and inquiry behaviours are enhanced when engaged with a range of traditional and multimodal (text, visual, kinaesthetic, digital touch) ways of playful learning, for example using technologies such as robotic toys.

This program is designed to support early childhood educators/leaders to plan for integrating STEM and technologies such as robotics and coding activities for children’s quality learning outcomes. In this program, you will explore practical ways to engage children in design thinking and problem solving through STEM-based play. Even if you feel 'technologically challenged' you will come away from this program feeling confident and competent to plan for quality STEM/robotics play experiences.

Topics covered

  • Practical strategies linked to the Australian Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Curriculum (F-2) - can be adapted to suit international contexts
  • Evidence-based learning activities to support young children's STEM-based play
  • A pedagogical framework for multimodal learning
  • Plan for robotics and coding activities as provocations to foster children's design thinking and inquiry

Duration

Online program: One 2.5-hour online session,  6.00pm - 8.30pm

You will require internet access and a laptop, computer or other device that will enable you to join the virtual session. Your chosen device requires a camera, microphone and sound.

When and where

Please contact us via the enquire online button to express an interest in this program for 2022 or to discuss tailoring the program for group delivery at your venue.

Cost

Please contact us for further information on program fees.

Prerequisites

This program is designed for staff, professionals, and educational leaders working in early childhood education who want to understand how to integrate STEM-based play in their pedagogical practices.

Assessment

There is no assessment associated with this program.

Recognition

This program is aligned with the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 1, 2, 3 and 6.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.