Mallee kindy added to pilot

STARTING YOUNG: Tony Pasin MP, Annette Williams, Principal, Carissa Coleman, Deputy Principal and Chris Mead, Chairperson of the Governing Council. Photo: Supplied.
STARTING YOUNG: Tony Pasin MP, Annette Williams, Principal, Carissa Coleman, Deputy Principal and Chris Mead, Chairperson of the Governing Council. Photo: Supplied.

Preschoolers in Lameroo will be among the first in Australia to be introduced to science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) through a new series of fun, play-based apps.

Lameroo Regional Community School was one of 100 selected to be part of the Coalition Government’s Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) pilot.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin confirmed the school would be part of the program.

“Congratulations to Lameroo for being selected in the trial and commitment to introducing its preschoolers to new and exciting learning opportunities,” Mr Pasin said.

“We want to help children explore new ideas and skills in science, technology, engineering and maths that will in turn boost their literacy and numeracy.”

The first app would introduce the concepts of sorting, ordering, patterns and representations through activities including creating decorations and organising food onto different plates, all within the theme of ‘celebration’.

“This new $6 million program will give our littlest learners the opportunity to develop numeracy skills and scientific curiosity that will set them up for the rest of their schooling,” Mr Pasin said.

“With employment trends showing 75 per cent of Australia’s fastest growing careers demand skills in digital literacy and STEM it is wonderful to see the curiosity of children in Barker is being encouraged early in their development.”

The announcement follows the Federal Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) apps in introducing Barker preschoolers to a language other than English.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said independent analysis released recently showed the apps were effective in introducing new languages to preschool children, raising their awareness of other cultures, and engaging their interest in learning different languages.

“Three quarters of educators stated they have more confidence in incorporating language learning into their preschools after implementing the ELLA trial,” Mr Birmingham said. “But more pleasing still, close to 90 per cent of educators expected children to continue to demonstrate an interest in learning about additional languages beyond the completion of the program.”

The pilot commences in Term 1 next year.