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Educator's Perspective: STEMs in Construction

Sunday, 26 June 2016 11:59:36 am Australia/Sydney

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In our final feature for Construction Month we are proudly joined by the team of dedicated educators at Glendale Early Education Centre. At Glendale Early Education Centre, STEMs are used throughout all aspects of our play based learning curriculum, including but not limited to construction activities. 

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All Natural Construction

Sunday, 19 June 2016 8:43:16 am Australia/Sydney

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There’s a spare block of land just behind Mr Ahmed’s corner store. There’s a few brittle and broken bushes, a smoke coloured gum tree and lush grass that Mr Ahmed’s son mows every few months. Everyone in the neighbourhood knows the corner store; its deli full of Mrs Ahmed’s home-made cheeses, tasty smoke hams and the freshest salads. You’ll find kids hanging around after school, nagging parents for an ice cream or a bag of lollies. But there’s another reason kids hang around in the spare block of land. It’s their space. The wooden grates, the boxes and various bits and pieces from back sheds and garages. Endless days together building make shift shelters- cubby houses for themselves. A place to retreat to. 

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Dr John's Perspective

Sunday, 12 June 2016 8:36:45 am Australia/Sydney

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Jack was a great little kid; he got to like me so much that when he came into the clinic he would give me a big grin, stagger up to me and then thump me to show his affection! Jack had a condition called cerebellar hypoplasia which made it difficult for him to walk, talk, move, coordinate… and also made him very disinhibited (hence my affectionate thumps!). While blocks or construction or building had always been far too hard for Jack to do, in the clinic play room we had some magnetic blocks supplied by Educational Experience and they just clicked magically together. Jack couldn’t get the grin off his face; he was actually able to construct something and so he headed magnetically to those magnetic click together materials every visit. 

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