New STEM app coming for pre-schoolers

19/1/2016

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP has announced a new app focused on encouraging an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is on its way for pre-schoolers.

Following the positive feedback from the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial that used apps to teach pre-schoolers another language, the Turnbull Government will look to replicate that success with an app to inspire young Australians’ interest in science and technology.

This announcement forms as part of the recently announced Innovation and Science Agenda.

Mr Wilson said the ELLA trial had great feedback in its initial trial and looked forward to the expansion of the trial in more locations.

“Little Grove Pre-School in Albany is participating in the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial and have had great results with engaged pre-schoolers who are grasping the foundations of Japanese through the app,” Mr Wilson said.

“The Turnbull Government is spending $2.5 million to expand the trial of the languages app for pre-schools, with another 1,000 schools having the opportunity to apply to be a part of the trial in 2016.”

Mr Wilson said based on the success of the language apps trial and as part of the Innovation and Science Agenda the Turnbull Government would develop a similar STEM-focused app.

“We know that around 75 per cent of the fastest-growing industries require STEM-related skills, so the Turnbull Government has committed $6 million to develop a STEM-focused app to ensure Australia’s youngest minds develop an interest in those fields.

“We understand that Australian families want educational tools in a form that works for them and their children and at a time, as early as possible in life, that helps build a life-long interest.”

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