STEM Method

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Educators and children can co construct learning experiences by defining, classifying, making connections and predictions, testing theories, and using their imaginations to build knowledge.

Science: Children together with educators can investigate questions about how the world works. Preschool children can collect and record data, make predictions and talk about their findings when they investigate problems that emerge in their play. Young children can connect their prior knowledge and experience in new context to develop and understanding of the world around them.

Technology: Digital technology is a reality in children’s lives. New technologies are increasingly available to children and create further opportunities to support preschool children’s learning. Educators have the task of being aware of and responding to the possibilities of digital learning.

Engineering: Projects involve an in-depth study or investigation of a particular topic. Sometimes a child, or a group of children, are looking for answers to questions they have found by themselves or, more often, in collaboration with their educators. Often the questions emerge from play episodes, other times questions that lead to explorations arise from provocations that an educator has introduced.

Mathematics: Children develop and informal understanding of mathematics or number sense that includes ideas of more and less, taking away, shape, size, location, pattern and position.