We are pleased to announce that St Michael’s Kindergarten, Margaret Thomas House, has been selected to take part in an exciting new learning initiative, the Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) Pilot, as part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

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St Michael’s has been selected as one of 100 preschools across the country to take part in this new initiative. The announcement was made by Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Federal, Minister for Education and Training, in a media release on Sunday 3 September.

‘We want to help children explore new ideas and skills in science, technology, engineering and maths that will, in turn, boost their literacy and numeracy,’ Minister Birmingham said.

‘Lifelong learning begins from the youngest years and this is about making science fun and accessible no matter the skill level of preschoolers, educators or even families.’

The ELSA Pilot provides early learning educators with opportunities to facilitate preschool children to engage in STEM practices – an integrated approach to teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics by exploring the real world and fostering strong and lifelong problem solving and communication skills.

The Pilot program will commence at St Michael’s in 2018 and will be delivered via a series of digital applications, activities and workshops; enhancing the School’s play-based learning environment. Activities will focus on exploring locations, patterns, problem-solving, designing, making and spatial reasoning.

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Director of Learning (K–1), Emily Trenchard, sees the School’s participation in the ELSA Pilot as an exciting opportunity for both staff and children.

‘This is a wonderful opportunity not only for the children in Margaret Thomas House but also for the educators,’ says Emily.

‘STEM experiences are a part of the everyday life in our early learning programs, but this initiative will enable us to embrace new experiences and build our knowledge and capacity. I am excited to learn more about the ELSA pilot next term and look forward to sharing it with you in the coming months.’

To read more about this exciting program, you can visit the ELSA website here. To visit Margaret Thomas House and find out more about our Early Learning Years, you can sign up for our next Open Morning (this Saturday, 9 September) here.