Nature’s laboratory: STEM learning in the outdoors
Authors: Chris Speldewinde, Anna Kilderry and Coral Campbell
ECA code: RIP2202
Nature-based programs can provide ample opportunities to foster children’s engagement and learning, especially in the domains of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Research shows that young children who build an understanding of STEM early on are able to think critically about the world around them and apply these skills in later life.
This Research in Practice Series book provides practical strategies that educators can use to guide young children’s STEM learning in nature-based programs. It explains how educators can:
- plan STEM learning experiences in play-based settings
- embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being into their nature programs
- develop children’s observation skills and confidence to be in natural settings
- help families extend children’s learning at home.
Using case studies, research-informed insights and STEM learning examples, the book also offers ideas about how educators can support STEM teaching and learning in nature-based programs. The aim is for educators to gain the knowledge and confidence to identify, plan and assess children’s STEM learning in nature-based programs.