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STEM Chemical Reactions Workshop, Thebarton, SA (Cancelled)

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Unfortunately, this workshop was cancelled due to insufficient workshop bookings. 

Instead, come along to our free STEM Taster event held the same day:

About our STEM Taster:  If you're keen to learn more about how to create age-appropriate STEM learning experiences for the children in your service or classroom and build your portfolio of STEM provocations, this is a great introduction to what Little Scientists has to offer. 

This STEM Taster is a one hour event to give you a taste of the ten STEM professional development workshop topics Little Scientists has to offer and will introduce our educational approach, including the inquiry-based learning cycle, metacognition, and co-construction. This is a casual and playful opportunity to learn more about the STEM professional development opportunities available to you or your staff, and also a chance for you to network with other like-minded educators in a friendly and warm environment.

When: 5-6pm Mon 9 Oct 2023

Where: Gowrie SA Professional Learning Programs, 43 Dew St, Thebarton 

Free booking:


 Join us on the following Monday for our Chemical Reactions Workshop to explore the fascinating relationship between chemical reactions and language development in early childhood. Come along to learn how to recognise chemistry in children’s everyday lives, find opportunities for age-appropriate chemical exploration, and explore the pedagogy behind language development through STEM inquiry.  

STEM topic: Chemical Reactions 

In this hands on, interactive workshop, you will learn how to create rich STEM learning experiences in your service through the exciting topic of chemical reactions and use it as a topic through which to teach the outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework. Activities may include: 

  • Use detective science skills to solve the mysteries of unidentified white substances.   
  • Handle ‘dangerous materials’ and aerate chocolate!  
  • Make a mess creating carbon dioxide with various substances.  
  • Explore the properties of carbon dioxide in fizzy water and experiment with dancing grapes and blueberries.  
  • Play with purple cabbage juice as a universal indicator and make noodles go from purple to blue or pink.  
  • Make a baking soda rocket and find out why baking soda volcanoes aren’t as educational as you might think. 

STEM topic: Language development through STEM inquiry 

This captivating professional development workshop will build on your understanding of language development by exploring it through the lens of STEM inquiry and chemical reactions. You will gain: 

  • The fundamentals and principals of language development. 
  • An understanding of the potential of STEM inquiry for language development. 
  • An ability to use STEM to support children’s literacy and extend their vocabulary by modelling scientific language and engaging in sustained communication with children about their ideas and experiences.   
  • Knowledge of how embodied experiences relate to language development and enhance learning.

STEM Learning Outcomes 

This STEM workshop will provide you with the following learning outcomes through the specific lens of chemical reactions:  

  • Understand the important role of inquiry-based learning and co-construction in early education.  
  • Uncover how early education can foster children’s metacognitive development.  
  • Learn how communication, reflection, and questioning can enhance children’s ability to think about their own learning.  
  • Exchange ideas and experiences with other like-minded educators and reflect on your current practice.  
  • Receive comprehensive topic-specific materials with educational STEM ideas and information about inquiry-based practices.  
  • 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. 

Practical info about this workshop:  

WHO: This workshop is suitable for all educators and teachers — no prior STEM knowledge required.  

COST: $215 per participant. Ticket includes morning tea. 

FACILITATOR: Hayley Bates, Little Scientists Trainer

BRING: Please bring something to write notes with and wear comfortable clothing suitable for hands-on activities and experiments.  

TRANSPORT: Please research your parking and public transport options ahead of time. 

GOOD TO KNOW: This workshop provides you with a variety of tools and educational concepts to meet a range of requirements of the NQF and EYLF.  This is presented by Little Scientists in partnership with Gowrie SA, a Little Scientists Local Network Partner.

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