What is STEM and why is it important for 3-5yr olds?
STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Creating and promoting positive, age-appropriate experiences in STEM for 3-5 year olds:
helps demystify STEM and acknowledge its importance
assists children to develop inquiry-based skills critical for future learning and the jobs of tomorrow.
What types of experiments and activities can I expect in the weekly program?
All experiments and activities are interactive and designed for preschool aged children.
A variety of activities are offered each week ensuring engagement with a wide range of STEM-based concepts.
My child doesn’t seem that interested in science or STEM. Will they like Curious Cubs?
Most young children don’t know what STEM is but they are naturally curious about their world. They know fun when they see, feel or hear it! If your child likes to play, explore, build and discover they will love Curious Cubs as it introduces STEM-based concepts in a playful way.
I didn’t enjoy science as a child and I’m not confident exploring/discussing it with my child.
Curious Cubs provides a fun and welcoming environment in which to play, build, explore and discover with your child. A key aim is to build parents’ confidence to support and foster their child's natural interest in STEM. We will provide you with support, ideas and inspiration each week.
“Sciencey” stuff can be fun for everyone but sometimes you just need the right person to show you how to turn “Why?” into “WOW!” Curious Cubs is not about “teaching”, it’s about asking questions and trying to find answers through play and exploration. We adopt a playful inquiry-based model of learning.
Can younger siblings (0-2yrs) attend the weekly program?
Curious Cubs’ activities have been specifically developed for children aged 3-5 yrs to experience with an accompanying adult. Concepts, materials and equipment may not be suitable (and may be unsafe) for younger children.
Due to current NSW Government COVID-19 regulations the number of people permitted in our venue is strictly limited. Unfortunately additional adults and younger siblings cannot be accommodated at this time and are not permitted to attend.
Do you offer preschool incursions?
Yes, we offer a range of fun, interactive STEM incursions to preschools and early learning services in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter regions. Click here for more information and enquiries.