The ELSA pilot includes play-based digital learning experiences rich in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts, delivered through a series of mobile applications (apps) for tablet devices. The first ELSA apps were released today for the educators and more than 4000 children across Australia participating in the pilot.
ELSA is one of three early learning initiatives funded under the ‘Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM’ measure under the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA).
ELSA is aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum: Foundation, and encourages learning beyond the screen through active, child centred experiences. Four play-based ELSA apps will introduce preschool children to foundational practices underpinning STEM practices and concepts through patterns and relationships; location and arrangement; investigation; representation and problem solving. An educator app and a family app are also being developed to further support and encourage preschool children in their ELSA journey.
For further information about the ELSA pilot, including the list of 100 participating preschool services, please visit the Early Learning STEM Australia website.