Let’s take a look at STEAM initiatives by preschools in Singapore.

  • Little Tree House

    Name of school: Little Tree House

    Name of activity: Healthy Body, Happy Me!

     

    Little Tree House - Seema

     

    Description of activity:

    The main objective of this activity is to instil COVID-Safe habits in our young learners. The incorporation of coding helped children to understand and realise the importance of adhering to safe management measures. These measures were focused on raising awareness for COVID-Safe Access, COVID-Safe Behaviours and COVID-Safe habits in classrooms.

    Children used their digital problem-solving skills to model real-world safe management measures for COVID-19. Besides giving an opportunity for children to enhance their problem-solving skills, this coding activity also provided a platform to enrich and showcase the language and creativity skills.

    School’s Perspective on STEAM Education:

    Little Tree House (LTH) uses an integrated approach to learning that broadens our young learners’ perspective about the real world. LTH school’s curriculum integrates STEAM concepts to enable children to construct knowledge and develop their skills holistically. 

    LTH believes that early years are important to foster early learners’ innovative skills. STEAM is one of the methods to impart knowledge of the 21st century. The reason behind LTH’s belief stems from the fact that STEAM is able to encourage greater participation of children in the process of acquiring knowledge and enhance educational skills in a fun way.

  • Carpe Diem Kidz Universe Pte Ltd

    Name of school: Carpe Diem Kidz Universe Pte Ltd

    Name of activity: Bridges

     

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    Description of activity:

    A group of 6-year-old children were actively engaged in exploring ‘Bridges’ through this activity. They researched and learnt about various types of bridges (e.g. beam, truss, arch and suspension bridges) in Singapore. In addition, they were also engaged in discussions about the construction of bridges and made comparisons on their similarities and differences. The children also worked in small groups to design and construct bridges using the materials provided, followed by testing the stability of their bridges using a remote-controlled car.

    These learning experiences encourage children to brainstorm possible ideas, hypothesize, and conduct experiments in the process of designing stable bridges. At the end of the project, children shared their findings and presented their ideas through sketches and writing.

    School’s Perspective on STEAM Education:

    STEAM education complements our school’s principles of teaching and learning. Children are actively engaged in doing projects of their interest that allow for collaborative, active, experiential and play-based learning. 

    Besides introducing science process skills, children are also encouraged to represent and communicate their ideas through visual arts and writings. STEAM education is incorporated in the children’s daily learning experiences by giving them opportunities to explore, develop thought provocations and be creative.

  • Odyssey The Global Preschool @ Orchard

    Name of school: Odyssey The Global Preschool @ Orchard

    Name of activity: The Likeable Lever

     

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    Description of activity:

    In the beginning, children explored random materials, such as wooden planks, rulers, cardboard rolls and blocks. This exploration allowed children to observe, think and question, leading up to our project on simple machines: how and why levers function the way they do.

    The children were engaged in several activities and experiments that involved STEAM approaches. The highlight of the project was when children took on the role of engineers as they drafted ideas for their levers and tested them using different materials. The children were able to apply newly gained knowledge to the design and creation of a mobile lever and made necessary modifications for improvement.

    During a Children’s Showcase, the children displayed their works and engaged their families through a series of fun experiments. They also used an application on the iPad, named ‘Simple Machines by Tinybop’ to demonstrate how a lever works through an exciting game!

    School’s Perspective on STEAM Education:

    Our projects revolve around holistic development where the children get to explore, discover and make meaning of Math, Art, Science, Engineering, Language and Technology. We believe that STEAM education is in line with the way that we carry out our projects. Thus, we facilitate and plan inquiry-based activities that focus on these interdisciplinary skills. Each activity provides opportunities for exploration and growth, self-learning and making judgments based on trial and error. All in all, our school believes that STEAM education will encourage children to explore and engage in problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills that will allow them to grow and become innovative adults.

  • Carpe Diem Schoolhouse Pte Ltd @ Toh Yi

    Name of school: Carpe Diem Schoolhouse Pte Ltd (Toh Yi)

    Name of activity: Human Body

     

    Carpe Diem Toh Yi

     

    Description of activity:

    Our 5-year-olds embarked on a journey to understand and identify the various functions of our body systems namely the ‘Digestive System’, ‘Respiratory System’ and ‘Skeletal-muscular System’. The knowledge instilled is also being applied in their daily health routines such as tooth brushing, making wise food choices, as well as exercising.

    One of the highlights of the project was the use of a giant teeth model and toothbrush to emphasize the importance of dental hygiene and proper ways to keep our teeth strong and healthy. Besides having discussions and working in groups to identify potential food items that may cause tooth cavity, the children also learnt about the importance of tooth brushing as they performed the song, “Brush Your Teeth”.

    School’s Perspective on STEAM Education:

    We believe in cultivating a strong sense of wonder and curiosity in our children by providing opportunities for them to explore different concepts through experimental activities. Young children need time to explore, create, and innovate in order to acquire basic knowledge and gain an understanding of how the world works. They have a natural disposition towards science with their sense of creativity, curiosity, and persistence. STEAM activities are carried out to provide them with a conducive environment for collaboration and communication. We also engage them in discussions involving simple engineering concepts. These will ultimately strengthen their reasoning and problem-solving skills, preparing them for more complex challenges in the future.

  • Carpe Diem Kidz Playhouse Pte Ltd

    Name of school: Carpe Diem Kidz Playhouse Pte Ltd

    Name of activity: Air-powered Balloon Car

     

    Carpe Diem Kidz Playhouse

     

    Description of activity:

    At the beginning, children explored different ways of moving a plastic bottle car by blowing, fanning and using inflated balloons. Thereafter, they brainstormed for ideas and discussed ways to make the plastic bottle car travel a farther distance. The children did their research using the Internet and learnt about the science concepts behind the air-powered balloon car. Moving on, they designed and constructed their own plastic bottle car with a variety of materials. Besides learning about potential energy and kinetic energy, children also test out their air-powered plastic bottle car and modify their creations according to their observations.

    School’s Perspective on STEAM Education:

    STEAM is incorporated into our activities as part of the integration with the various Multiple Intelligences learning experiences in our curriculum. STEAM is happening in almost every moment in children’s lives. When the children play and interact with their environment, they build knowledge from investigation, discovery learning and problem-solving.

    In our school, we collaborate with one another with an aim to ignite the excitement of young children for STEAM and provide a setting that allows them to explore, question, and experiment with fascinating facts. With active and collaborative learning, children are engaged in team activities to create artistic masterpieces, learn new technologies, and see how art and science work together in the real world.

  • Carpe Diem Schoolhouse Pte Ltd @ Toa Payoh

    Name of school: Carpe Diem Schoolhouse @ Toa Payoh

    Name of activity: What is our body made of?

     

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    Description of activity:

    Children were introduced to the Skeletal System, Respiratory System and Digestive System based on the theme, ‘My Healthy Body’. They had different opportunities to explore and understand the functions and importance of the different body systems. Active learning was encouraged through the incorporation of books, technology, interactive media and simple experiments in their lesson. Children were also able to enhance their science process skills and critical thinking skills in an enjoyable manner.

    One of the highlights was exploring the Skeletal System by doing a DIY ‘Robot’ Hand. Children designed and created their own ‘robot’ hands using commonly found items such as straws, paper and strings. This activity introduced engineering concepts, and enhanced their creative thinking skills. Children were also able to see and understand how the Skeletal System gives us our body shape and helps us to move.

    School’s Perspective on STEAM Education:

    STEAM is incorporated in our activities as part of the integration with the various Multiple Intelligences learning experiences in our curriculum. The different intelligences are invoked by the first-hand experience children get during the activities with STEAM elements. This incorporation caters to children of different learning styles and allows for different types of learning – collaborative, active, experiential and play-based. Children have the opportunity to learn in different settings, and see things through different lenses.

    Besides using innovative ways to introduce science concepts, we believe that art can be used as a medium of expression of ideas, and technology can be a means to get information and develop simple research skills.

  • Carpe Diem Childcare Resort @ Punggol

    Name of school: Carpe Diem Childcare Resort Punggol

    Name of activity: Creating a Bird Nest

     

    Carpe Diem Resort Punggol

     

    Description of activity:

    With the use of technology, children learnt about birds and their habitats, followed by recreating them using blocks in class. They drew sketches of their imaginary bird nests and discussed with their partners about the materials needed for their bird nests. After finalising their design, they went outdoors to explore and gather materials needed. At the end, they worked with their partners to assemble their bird nests and showcased their creation.

    Through this activity, children had opportunities to experience the various STEAM approaches. They harnessed the use of technology for research, explored different art tools and sketch mediums, and came up with unique bird nest designs using the materials collected.

    School’s Perspective on STEAM Education:

    We strive to develop children into competent, creative, and confident learners. Lessons in school are all integrated with STEAM concepts and we hope to instil the habit of inquiry in the children. In our school, children are given opportunities and materials to explore during free play. Children are also encouraged to think out of the box and be creative. We encourage children to ask questions and make simple predictions. Where possible, the teacher facilitates children to get their answer through simple experiments, hands-on experience and problem-solving activities. We believe that the secret to pique children’s natural and innate curiosity about the world is to encourage them to investigate and ask questions.