Local pre-schoolers get head start in STEM

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Pre-schoolers at Glen Iris Childcare and Kindergarten will be some of the first in Australia to be introduced to science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) through a new series of fun, play-based apps.

Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Federal Member for Higgins, has announced that the centre is one of 100 selected to be part of the Turnbull Government’s innovative Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) pilot.

“I congratulate Glen Iris Childcare and Kindergarten on being selected in the trial, which will introduce pre-schoolers to a wide range of new and exciting learning opportunities.

“This new $6 million program introduces STEM skills at the right level for pre-schoolers and is all about making science fun and accessible.

“We want to help children explore new ideas and skills in science, technology, engineering and maths that will in turn boost their literacy and numeracy skills and spark their scientific curiosity to set them up for the rest of their schooling,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

The first app will introduce the concepts of sorting, ordering and matching through activities including creating decorations and organising food onto different plates, all
with the theme of ‘celebration.’

The announcement follows the success of the Turnbull Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) apps in introducing pre-schoolers to a language other than English.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said independent analysis released recently showed the apps were effective in introducing new languages to preschool children, raising their awareness of other cultures, and engaging their interest in learning different languages.

The ELSA pilot commences in Term 1 next year. For more information and a full list of selected preschools visit: www.elsa.edu.au.