EARLY LEARNING STEM AUSTRALIA

ELSA

Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) is a play-based digital learning program. It encourages preschool children to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Practices via an Experience, Represent, Apply (ERA) learning loop.

APPS

ELSA apps go beyond the screen to encourage active play that supports STEM Practices, such as generating ideas, questioning and teamwork. The apps comprise one third of the program and are a springboard for children to explore the natural world.

PILOT

The ELSA Pilot commenced in 2018 and will continue in 2019. Over 100 preschool services across Australia will engage in the program, which includes professional learning for educators and real-world play for children to complement the apps. There’s also a Families’ app for parents.

2019 ELSA PILOT OVERVIEW

FIGURES AS AT 31 MAY 2019
Elliot

ELSA apps are play-based, encourage active learning, and inspire children to explore and interact with their natural world. The ELSA Pilot is grounded in a revolutionary ERA model (Experience, Represent, Apply), with two-thirds of the program being off-app. And instead of focussing on discreet STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), ELSA apps promote STEM Practices: the ideas, methods and values that underpin STEM. The ESLA Pilot program features six apps: four apps for children, one app for educators and one app for families. The four children's apps include 16 on-app activities, and the educator app features 100+ off-app activities to engage children in real-world play. The Families' app includes 30 STEM-based activities that can be played at home or while out and about.

  • PRESCHOOL SERVICES
  • EDUCATORS
  • CLASSES
  • CHILDREN

ELSA NEWS

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Educator Testimonials

MEET THE ELSA CHARACTERS

The ELSA characters help guide children through the on-app experience
AMY
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A nature lover and outdoor explorer, Amy loves birds, Australian flowers and seed pods. Amy says: ‘I love all animals but birds the most. My family takes me on bushwalks so I can see and learn more about the natural world. Exploring is my favourite thing.’
ELLIOT
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Especially interested in technology, Elliot likes to inspect things and has a desire to understand how technology works. Elliot says: ‘I love building things. Making robots with LEGO and my machine-building kit, that’s my favourite thing to do.’
PIPER
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Dreaming to be an astronomer, Piper asks questions about her world and wonders why things are the way they are. Piper says: ‘I love to experiment with my science kit to mix and make things react. Looking up at stars and the moon at night are my favourite things.’
REMY
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Obsessed with music, rhythm, shapes and moving his body to hip hop, Remy’s shoes change colour as he moves and dances. Remy says: ‘I love music and art and I spin my body to any beat. Making shapes is my favourite thing.’