Brand new STEM Room launches at St Nicholas Early Education Lochinvar
St Nicholas Early Education Lochinvar recently launched its state-of-the-art STEM Room to the collective excitement of children, parents and educators.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths but Lochinvar Educator, Chelsea says: “It’s more than that. It’s a room that we’ve designed so that the children can solve problems, ask questions and it allows them to make more sense of the world through investigation and play.”
The room features a range of hands-on learning experiences designed to challenge and encourage children through play-based trial and error.
“Infusing STEM into the early years helps build skills that children need for life,” Chelsea says. “We’ve got lots of open-ended areas where [children] can explore and be curious learners.”
Learning experiences on offer in St Nick’s Lochinvar’s STEM Room
Colour mixing, a ‘sink or float’ station and an erupting volcano are just some of the learning experiences on offer to children who step foot into the room.
Of the volcano setup, Lochinvar Educator Keryn says: “The children actually hypothesise by discussing what might happen, then view [the eruption] and talk about what they heard, what they felt and what they saw.”
The open-endedness of the room reflects St Nicholas Early Education’s Reggio Emilia-influenced program; a child-centred, play-based approach to early learning that uses self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments.
All of the learning experiences on offer in the STEM Room reflect the existing interests of the children.
“We’ve got some budding engineers here at St Nick’s Lochinvar, so we’ve provided them with [a range of materials] and they’ve been making some amazing things,” Keryn says.