How to incorporate STEM into kids' play

Part of the Kinderling Conversation for parents. Weekdays 12pm-1pm.

Fri 8 December 2017

14 mins

Science, technology, engineering and maths are all the rage now, but when can you start introducing them as part of your child's education? Jonathan Shearer, STEM educator for Museums Victoria, says you can incorporate these subjects into play for very young kids. The first step is to engage kids in the activity, and get them curious. You'll find that once they're engaged, it's harder to ask them to stop!

Jonathan explains a bit more about how to maintain their curiosity as they grow up.

For more on the Museums Victoria Scienceworks program check out their website. 

This interview is sponsored by Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together, a new exhibition for babies to 5 year olds at Scienceworks in Melbourne

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