We are pleased to announce that our Smeaton Grange centre has been selected as one of 100 Australian preschools to participate in the Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) pilot!
This new government initiative will facilitate an integrated approach to teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics, by exploring place and patterns, problem-solving, designing, making, and spatial reasoning through real-world applications. Exploring STEM practices has always been a core element of our early learning program – Evolution, however, this program will allow us to take this area of learning from strength the strength, weaving strong skills in problem-solving and communication that can be used in many ways in later life.
The pilot program will commence in early 2018, with our Smeaton Grange team already having undertaken intense training throughout the end of 2017. There will be plenty of opportunities for our families to participate in this program when it begins, supporting a strong connection between home and the centre.
Our Smeaton Grange has also been sharing this knowledge with their neighbouring Elderslie centre team, so we can’t wait to share updates from this program with you over the coming months!
A little more about Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA)
The Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) program is a play-based digital learning program for children in preschool to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). ELSA allows children to play, experiment and make sense of the world around them – which is part of science, and also part of being a child. ELSA’s STEM practices encourage children to ask questions, make predictions, experiment, and reflect on what happened and why.
The ELSA Pilot is a key early childhood initiative of the Australian Government, developed by the University of Canberra through funding provided by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training under the National Innovation and Science Agenda. It supports the “Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM” measure, which seeks to increase the participation of Australian children in STEM and improve their digital literacy. You can read the full government release from the Minister of Education hereback to blog
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