With the fast changing world and progression to a new digital era inundated with information, incorporation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in early childhood education (ECE) via living inspired learning through play mode is crucial in inspiring children’s STEM interests and exploration in their early years. These preliminary concepts are the key to unleashing their full potentials in nurturing a new generation of STEM talents and professionals in the 21st century to foster the local development.
Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (YCCECE) and the Vocational Training Council co-organised the three-year Jockey Club ‘CoolPlay’ Project hand in hand. The project aims to lead the industry in implementing STEM pedagogy in ECE by offering schools and parents the best-possible STEM teaching and learning resource kits – the JumpStarter (School version and Home version), as well as forming a Home-School-Community supporting network to set benchmarks of quality childhood STEM education. Through this project, early childhood educators and parents will be able to skill up themselves into STEM education talents who are well trained in assisting the very young to explore and learn about STEM concepts based on self-initiated topics of interest.