The ELSA Pilot, designed and managed by the University of Canberra, inspires curiosity and interest in STEM among preschool-aged children supported by a series of six innovative digital applications (apps).
There are four ELSA play-based, inquiry led learning apps for preschool children (linked to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Australian Curriculum: Foundation), a resources app for educators and an information app for families.
The ELSA apps focus on two foundational STEM concepts spatial reasoning the highest predictor of success in STEM, visual art, vocational, manufacturing and technical careers; and logical reasoning which will help children develop resilience, persistence and problem solving skills.
In 2018, the ELSA pilot involved 97 preschools, 400 educators and 4,000 children across Australia. The pilot has been extended in 2019 to around 110 pilot preschools to provide even more children access to the ELSA learning apps.
Early learning educators will continue to play a significant role by providing STEM learning experiences for children at their preschools that encourage them explore, experiment and make sense of the world.
More information about the ELSA pilot is available on the Early Learning STEM Australia website.