Kindy Science has been developed to enrich and extend early childhood aged children in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) using engaging activities in an everyday environment. Early exposure to STEM concepts encourages children to question the world around them and look for solutions to problems. Hypothesising and following scientific and design methods to create new and interesting ideas.The curriculum has been developed by Camille Newlands, a STEM teacher with 20 + years of experience in Science and Mathematics.
Term Units (10 weeks- 30 minutes each week)
Energy and Electricity. This unit allows students to build on their Energy and Electricity knowledge each week. They will experience different hands on activities weekly so they can engage with the content. Activities include: electrical generators, fruit batteries and basic circuitry.
Forensic Science. Over 10 weeks students will solve the mystery presented to them in the first lesson by revealing a different forensic technique each week. The students will get to experience different forensic activities and develop an evidence board to solve the crime.
Plant Science. This unit allows the students to observe the lifecycle of plant. They look at different types of plants to see how they grow (seed, bulbs, cuttings) and use microscopes and magnifiers to look more closely at cells. Insects are also covered in the unit as they are an important part of the plant lifecycle.
Optics and Light. Over 10 weeks the students learn about the physiology of the eye and how it works with the brain, the physics of light, and reflection and refraction. They use laser kits, prisms and mirrors to consolidate there understanding.
Solids, Liquids and Gases. This unit takes students through the smallest of particles- the atom. The play with model kits and make molecules of common substances and participate in different experiments and demonstrations to show the 3 states of matter.
Basic STEM Skills. An introductory unit that begins to train students to think from a problem solving and seeing perspective. Over 10 weeks students will participate in various STEM activities the encourage development of a different STEM skill. They will hypothesis, infer, observe and create.
The Human Body. Over 10 weeks students will learn the basics of the human body - skeleton, blood and circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, skin and staying healthy. Students will use different anatomical models and microscopes.
Putting the ART into STEM- STEAM. This unit aims to demonstrate to students that Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are everywhere and that you can be creative and artistic using Science and Maths principals. Students make art using the sun, nature, Fibonacci ratios, geometry, pendulums and density.
Single STEM Workshops
Where do rainbows come from? Single 1 hr lesson. Students are able to experiment with prisms and light kits to experience reflection and refraction.
Making electrons move. Single 1 hr lesson. Students are shown different ways that electricity can be made and given the opportunity to create their own circuits.
Solids, liquids and Gases. Single 1 hr lesson. Everything starts with an atom. Students participate in a dry ice demonstration and build common everyday molecules using model kits.
Optical Illusions and Thaumatropes. Single 1 hr lesson. Students are shown different optical illusions, participate in activities to trick their brain and make a thaumatrope optical illusion toy to keep
Contact Kindy Science to find out pricing.
Weekly lessons cost $9-15 depending on location and travel.
Workshops cost is calculated according to travel and number of children in attendance.