Young Engineers – Dream, Design and Develop (from STEM to STEAM in Early Education)
From Leonardo da Vinci to Albert Einstein, engineers and scientists have also been artists. This hands-on interactive workshop explores the integration of engineering and the arts in the Early Years’ curriculum. Engineer, teacher and author Andrew King and musician and early years’ educator Sue Lewin combine their knowledge and experiences in their chosen fields to lead participants through practical activities, philosophies, songs and creative thinking for young children.
Australia does not produce enough ‘home-grown’ engineers or female engineers; this needs to change and a great place to start is early education. This workshop will be unique, as it will focus on engineering and arts within STEAM engagement. Young children love the things engineers do and create and, in many ways, engineers are just big children – we all like to make things. The workshop will explore opportunities to build on this natural connection improving children’s engineering awareness and facilitating their enjoyment of engineering. As engineering is a naturally cross-curricula activity it relates to many professional educational standards.
Sue is an early childhood educator, singer and song writer. She has produced 10 CDs for young children including ‘Heave ho and over we go’ and ‘Those things we do.’ Collaborators include Peter Stewart, Sharron Lindh and Mike Jackson. She co-wrote the children’s musicals ‘The Little Pirate’s Adventures’ (which was performed by a 200 strong children’s choir at The Rose Theatre in London) and ‘The Angel in the Garden‘ with UK composer Roz Adamson. This musical is being performed in 2019 in London. Sue’s children’s musical (with Narelle Oliver) ‘Dancing the Boomchacha Boogie’ was performed in London in 2016 and launched at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival. Sue is currently working with Andrew King on an activity book and CD for educators, parents and children which melds engineering and music: moving from STEM to STEAM, a concept about which both are passionate.
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