PRE-SCHOOLERS in Mandurah next year will be introduced to science, technology, mathematics and engineering (Stem) through a new series of play-based apps.
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said Ocean Road Primary School was one of 100 pre-schools selected to be part of the Federal Government’s Early Learning Stem Australia pilot.
“I’m really excited to see Ocean Road Primary being selected to trial this new program,” he said.
“We want to help children explore new ideas and skills in science, technology, engineering and math that will boost their literacy and numeracy.
“This new $6 million program will introduce our youngest learners to Stem skills in a fun and accessible way that will set them up for the rest of their school life,” he said.
Mr Hastie said employment trends showed 75 per cent of Australia’s fastest growing careers demanded skills in digital literacy and Stem subjects.
“It’s important the curiosity of children is encouraged early in their development,” he said.
The first app will introduce the concepts of sorting, ordering, patterns and representations through activities such as creating decorations and organising food on to different plates.
The announcement follows the Federal Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia apps that introduce pre-schoolers to a language other than English.
The Stem pilot will start in term 1, 2018.
For more information and a full list of selected preschools, visit www.elsa.|edu.au.