Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) is a play-based digital learning program for children in preschool to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) practices.
ELSA apps will go beyond the screen to encourage active play that supports STEM practices, such as creativity and problem solving. Our apps act as a springboard for children to explore the natural world. Take a peek at the first app.
One hundred preschool services from across Australia are taking part in the 2018 ELSA Pilot. The pilot program includes professional learning for educators, and real-world play for children to complement the apps. Discover the ELSA Pilot preschools in your area.
Benefits of the ELSA Pilot
Educators from the 100 preschool services selected to take part in the ELSA Pilot will have opportunities to attend free workshops and will be the first to use the ELSA apps. They'll also receive resources to incorporate STEM practices into their preschool program.
STEM practices are the ideas, methods and values that underpin STEM, such as curiosity, team work and creativity. Exploring STEM practices helps children develop strong skills in many areas - like problem solving and communication - that are useful later in life.
ELSA can help educators to explore STEM practices as part of their preschool program and provide the best learning outcomes for children.
ELSA will also provide:
- a host of resources aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and linked to the Australian Curriculum, plus ways to share ideas with a supportive network of early learning professionals
- new ways to engage families through the ELSA Families app, which will extend learning into homes
- innovative ideas for children to explore, investigate and have meaningful experiences in the natural world.
ELSA is free and operates on a bring your own device (BYOD) basis.
Bringing ELSA to a preschool service near you
ONE HUNDRED PRESCHOOL SERVICES
One hundred preschool services across Australia are taking part in the ELSA Pilot. Pilot preschool services were selected from an expression of interest process in 2017, and are from a range of urban, regional, and remote areas in every state and territory.
Discover the ELSA Pilot preschool services in your area.
LINKED TO BEST PRACTICE
ELSA is aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), which supports and enhances young children's learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. ELSA supports play-based learning in a variety of early childhood settings.
CONNECTED TO COMMUNITY
Educators in the ELSA Pilot contribute to a community of practice, sharing ideas, skills and knowledge. ELSA also supports educators to connect with families. Learning can be extended from the preschool to home, with the ELSA Families app coming in early 2018. Sign up to our newsletter to receive all the latest news about the ELSA Pilot and information about STEM practices in early learning.