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Inspire STEM: Evolution of Australian Animals

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Join our online investigation into Australia’s animals, habitats, and vegetation, where we will explore a range of topics almost as diverse as the creatures themselves. From bird beaks and claw adaptations, to the evolution of leaves, barks and flowers, and the environmental conditions that make the Australian bushland so unique. 

This interactive online workshop will give you practical insights into how to explore the creation of habitats and fascinating animal adaptations in an early childhood setting.

As always, our explorations focus on the “why”. Why is a kookaburra’s beak that shape? Why do some trees lose their bark and others lose their leaves? Why is wombat poo cubic? Why do we have two eyes, two nostrils, and two ears?


Thursday 9 November: 4-6pm (AEDT), 1-3pm (AWST), 3.30-5.30pm (ACDT)

Where: Online via Zoom (The Zoom link will be in the confirmation email and tickets)

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    This online workshop is part of the Little Scientists Inspire STEM series, which will introduce the concepts, methods, and skills of inquiry-based STEM education to early childhood educators and teachers. Together, we will explore a range of simple techniques to cultivate children’s skills and excitement for STEM exploration and you will come away with a suite of hands-on STEM provocations to enrich your practice in your service or classroom.   

    STEM Learning Outcomes  

    • Overview of early STEM education and inquiry-based learning.  
    • Discover everyday phenomena and explanations of basic scientific concepts.  
    • Uncover the importance of playfulness and joy as impetuses to scientific discovery and research.  
    • Interactive demonstrations of STEM explorations using items found around the home.  
    • Create rich learning environments that stimulate discovery, sustainability learning, and nurture curiosity in children and adults alike.  
    • Learn how STEM education is much more than having factual answers to complex questions.  
    • The confidence to tap into, guide, and focus children’s natural interests and abilities.   
    • The confidence to pass on your new knowledge and skills to your colleagues and to become a STEM champion in your service.  

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