STEM videos and books


This series of videos supports the learning and development of children aged 3 to 6 years. With a target audience of early years professionals (including educators and Early Childhood Teachers), we pull together the latest research, inspiring STEM teaching and learning across Victoria as we educate the next generation.

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Video 1

From Play To Problem Solving

Including the learning dispositions of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and persistence, 21st Century learning refers to a set of skills that children are going to need to thrive. But what do these skills look like in practice? 

Video 2

Mini Maths

Counting is often seen as the first step to learning about number, however development of mathematical concepts is highly complex, beginning as soon as a child is born. But what does maths look like in early childhood?

Video 3

Coding Without Computers

In a world where we are increasingly dependent on technology, computational thinking skills help unlock a range of skills that are desirable for a future full of opportunity.   

Responding to interests or responding to learning?

Museums Victoria and the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) worked collaboratively to develop the following 3 videos that are designed to support learning before, during, and after a visit to Melbourne Museum.

The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) recognises the importance of exploration and discovery of scientific ideas, as well as opportunities to learn in different environments.

Women in STEM

In Australia, women are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields, particularly in engineering and IT (computers). With a future that is rapidly changing, it is of critical importance that we have diversity and representation for successful innovations that are safe and suitable for everyone.

The best way to achieve this is by ensuring girls aren't ruling themselves out of STEM pathways. Current research indicates that this begins after girls have turned 5, but before they turn 6, making 4-year-old kindergarten the ideal place to cultivate interest and confidence in STEM.

Children can’t be what they can’t see. Marian Wright Edelman

Girls in STEM – Early Childhood Booklist

Early childhood is an ideal time to ensure all children feel a sense of belonging. Educators can support inclusion of all groups through careful selection of books that are included for all children to read.

The books below foster a STEM mindset from early childhood, with a specific focus on representing girls from diverse backgrounds. These books are for all children and are intended to supplement your STEM library. Books denoted by an asterisk (*) are available in-store at Scienceworks and Melbourne Museum- why not pick up a copy today?

*Izzy Gizmo, by Pip Jones & Sara Ogilvie
Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty
Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty
*Fairy Science, by Ashley Spires
Going Places, by Paul Reynolds
Our Little Inventor, by Sher Rill Ng
Infinity and Me, by Kate Hosford
Beautiful Oops, by Barney Saltzberg
The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires
Sadie Sprocket builds a rocket, by Sue Fliess
Invent a Pet, by Vicky Fang
*Susie Orbit, Astronaut, by Ruth Quayle & Jez Tuya
Rosa's Big Pizza experiment, by Jessica Spanyol
Rosa’s Big Bridge experiment, by Jessica Spanyol


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