Project Details

Early Childhood Education STEM and Maker Education

This pilot project aims at promoting age-appropriate and authentic STEM learning experiences in early childhood settings through co-developing 24 sets of STEM teaching packages with early childhood teachers. This project aim at building up children’s STEM awareness, knowledge and skills through STEM-rich maker learning experience. 12 pilot project schools will be invited to join this project, including kindergartens and child care centres (both half-day & whole-day service). Children in the project schools are able to learn science and mathematics through the application of technology and engineering in a realistic and integrated learning experience. This project will align with the core education concepts of ECE including observation, awareness and motivation in designing STEM activities. Additionally, fundamental concepts of physical science, life science and earth science will be included in the content of teaching packages. Early childhood professionals have an essential role in supporting young children’s motivation and engagement in STEM education. The co-development process with early childhood teachers provides practical professional development opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills of designing quality STEM learning activities. Additionally, teachers’ needs, difficulties and challenges in applying STEM teaching packages will be examined. Teachers will participate in pre and post-project interviews before and after the training and implementation stage to reflect on their pedagogical needs, school-level conditions, challenges in implementing STEM activities at schools.

Commencement Date : 2020/5
Completion Date : 2022/12
Chief Investigator(s) : Prof LEE, Chi Kin John 李子建 [C&I,CELT,CRSE,VP(AC)&Pr]
Co-Investigator(s) : Dr LAM, Wai Man Winnie 林惠民 [MIT]
Dr LEE, Hoi Man 李凱雯 [SES]
Dr LEUNG, Wai Man Vivienne 梁衛文 [ECE]
Dr HU, Xinyun Annie 胡馨允 [ECE]

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