Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is a national priority for many western nations. It is predicted that approximately 75% of future jobs will require STEM skills. Early childhood is the natural starting place for STEM learning as children are born explorers and have innate sense of curiosity and wonder of the world around them.
During her study leave in the second half of 2016, Kym helped run a STEM based playgroup at a local primary school in Canberra, Australia. Each Wednesday morning preschool children and their parents/carergivers engaged in STEM activities such as block play, ramps, maps, shadows and light, symmetry and mental rotations.
Kym developed a mini poster to remind parents how they could help support their children’s STEM learning.
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