Stirling pre-schoolers are among the first in Australia to be introduced to science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) through a new series of fun, play-based apps and activities.
Princeton Preschool in Osborne Park has been selected as one of 100 preschools across Australia to take part in the Federal Government’s innovative Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) pilot.
Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan said the pilot is providing local children with the opportunity to explore STEM practices at an early age through hands-on activities and digital learning.
“This new $6 million program introduces STEM at the right level for pre-schoolers by helping them to develop a wide range of skills including sorting and matching while also learning about numbers and patterns,” Mr Keenan said.
“Through their learning, children are also encouraged to ask questions and reflect on what they are doing and why. It’s all about making science fun and accessible.
“I would like to congratulate the staff at Princeton who are doing an incredible job teaching local children a range of important skills for the future, and I look forward to hearing of the results once the pilot is complete.”
Children at Princeton will have access to four play-based ELSA apps throughout the year, with one released each term. The first app will introduce the concept of patterns and relationships which explores the skills of sorting, ordering and patterning through different activities including creating decorative patterns and sorting food onto different plates to pack a lunchbox.
Princeton Preschool Centre Director Alison Wade said the school is thrilled to be participating.
“We are ecstatic to be a part of the ELSA pilot program that is further enriching our current educational practice, whilst opening the portal to our children to explore STEM concepts through digital technologies,” Ms Wade said.
“STEM learning is embedded throughout play based learning experiences and our intentional teaching practice every day.
“STEM in the early years provides an opportunity to support children to build these foundation skills and habits of mind in preparation for formal schooling and beyond.”
The ELSA pilot follows the success of the Federal Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) apps in introducing Stirling pre-schoolers to a language other than English.
For more information on the ELSA pilot please visit www.elsa.edu.au or contact Princeton Preschool on 9207 3567.