Department, University of Canberra to join forces for early learners

Monday 21 November 2016


The Department of Education and Training has engaged the University of Canberra (UC) to develop a series of six STEM education apps as a part of the Early Learning STEM Australia pilot program.

$6 million in Australian Government funding will be provided for the ELSA pilot, which is a key component of the National Innovation and Science Agenda’s Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM measure, and forms one part of a trio of early learning initiatives provided under this Agenda.

Four of the ground-breaking apps will cater for early learners in preschool services, with a separate app to assist early learning educators and one for the families, so the STEM learning can continue in the home setting. An Expressions of Interest (EOI) process will get under way in early 2017, with the pilot to be completed by a minimum of 100 preschool services the following year.

UC Centenary Professor Thomas Lowrie will drive the initiative with the assistance of a well-credentialed team that includes former Senior Digital Producer, ABC Commercial Caroline Kinny-Lewis, Questacon and local digital development organisations Stripy Sock and Mode Games.

For further information on ELSA and the department’s other Early Learning initiatives, Let’s Count and Little Scientists, go to