Scitech gets under 5s thinking about STEM

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Schitech technology coordinator Alyshia Gatani presenting to young children in Geraldton.
Camera IconSchitech technology coordinator Alyshia Gatani presenting to young children in Geraldton. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

Can you teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics to kids under five?

Scitech partnered with the Museum of Geraldton last week to give local youngsters a chance to be mini-scientists, who better understand the world around them.

Technology coordinator Alyshia Gatani said the travelling arm of Scitech helped ensure kids of all backgrounds had access to the group’s unique set of resources and experiences.

“Scitech is all about increasing awareness in STEM for all Western Australians,” she said.

Ms Gatani said the program gave young participants the chance to learn at their own pace in a fun and safe environment.

“We do not show them how everything works. We let them discover,” she said.

Kelvin Hewitt, 4, at a Scitech STEM Early Learning Workshop in Geraldton.
Camera IconKelvin Hewitt, 4, at a Scitech STEM Early Learning Workshop in Geraldton. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

Kalien Selby, Scitech chief executive said: “Supported by research in neuroscience, (the program) is designed to give children a fun and interactive environment to foster their natural curiosity and ask the questions."

She said an early introduction to STEM could help inspire a life-long passion for learning.

“Making learning normal and natural for children helps shape a positive attitude as they age and develop,” she said.

The program was possible thanks to a partnership between Scitech and Rio Tinto, which funds extensive STEM-based programs for children in regional and remote Australia.

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