STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The foundational skills of STEM can be built from an early age, creating a solid foundation for future learning. By encouraging children to explore, investigate and play we are encouraging children to become active participants in their own learning.
In 2018, Monash Vale Early Learning Centre was awarded the National Australian Winner for the Little Scientist Early Stem Award. This was for our child-led inquiry project on water harvesting. This showcased our implementation of inquiry-based learning for 3 to 5 years old and demonstrated the children’s independent ideas, investigation, discoveries and methodical approach.