Module Title:STEM Curriculum for Early Childhood and Afterschool Education
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Students will engage in a variety of teaching and learning methods, including videos, physical activities and exercises, evaluation of case studies, class discussions, and written tasks. Active participation will be required in this module to encourage thorough understanding of the analytical and evidence-based approaches used in STEM. Students will be conducting a series of experiments, such as growing peas and beans, mapping ecological growth and biodiversity, and reflecting on their experience of virtual reality and digital presence. The module will be supported with on-line learning materials through Blackboard and Microsoft Teams, and students will be expected to engage in self-directed learning to develop autonomous learning and work practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to explore the role and influences in engaging young children in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through this module, students will evaluate and plan activities for children to experiment, investigate, observe, and problem-solve their world. Focusing on pedagogy, students will integrate STEM into practice and use STEM based principles to support children in developing their understanding of a changing environment.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Highlight the role STEM has in child development and in early childhood education;
LO2 Plan and deliver a series of STEM activities for children that extends the current curriculum;
LO3 Compare and contrast the theory and practice of applying STEM into ECEC contexts;
LO4 Demonstrate creativity and flexibility in applying STEM activities into the ECEC curriculum;
LO5 Students will demonstrate the ability to navigate the scientific method by outlining to core procedures involved in STEM-based experiments.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Practical and Personal Approaches to STEM
Reflecting on our own experiences and interactions with STEM; Core debates and perspectives in STEM; Barriers and Challenges; Overcoming Diversity in STEM;
Pedagogical Application of STEM in ECEC
How to support children's scientific thinking and exploration; Encouraging STEM Literacy in the Early Years; Using the emergent curriculum to support STEM activity; Children as STEM’genieers; Designing STEM materials for ,indoors and outdoors
Arts and (Space) Crafts
Experiments in Ecology and Biology; Upcycling and Botany: the observable lifecycle of plants; Virtual reality and exploring new worlds; Human-Computer Interaction: Screens and Machines; Modelling Maths and Setting Trends;
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Learners will plan and pilot a STEM activity for an Early Childhood Setting 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
Project Students will provide an overview of their journey through STEM and specifically outlining experiments conducted [Blog/Journal] 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 n/a
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Per Semester 2.00
Independent Learning Time Per Semester 3.00
Total Hours 125.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HHECE_B Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Practice 5 Mandatory
CW_HHECE_D Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education and Practice 5 Mandatory