The Early Learning STEM Australia Symposium was held at the Inspire Centre, University of Canberra, on 26 October 2018.
Eighty stakeholders attended the symposium, including representatives from federal and state government, industry, the education sector and key academics.
The program on early learning STEM policy and practice in Australia included speakers from The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), Questacon, ELSA, Let’s Count and Little Scientists (three NISA early learning initiatives), and Preschool Maths Games (an initiative of the Northern Territory Government), as well as speakers from preschools from diverse settings across Australia, and academics from three universities.
A pivotal part of the symposium was a design-thinking workshop to engage stakeholders in ideating the way forward for early learning STEM policy and practice. Key themes included promoting STEM through nature play, providing professional learning for educators, inquiry-based learning practices, and connecting to communities across the country.