21 January 2019
Children are natural born scientists, and it’s proven that child-led exploration is critical to positive early childhood development – thanks to Beach Energy the South Australian Museum will ensure more children get access to this development by doubling the sessions of its extremely popular and often booked out Young Explorers Program.
Created over many years by educational and creative experts Young Explorers is a free program held at the Museum for 3-5 year olds. Influenced deeply by the Reggio Emilia theory, the program builds children’s skills and understanding through play and stories. It also helps to give parents, grandparents and carers the skills to interpret the Museum and the natural world with their children through child-led STEM exploration.
Director of the South Australian Museum, Brian Oldman said Museums offer a dynamic opportunity to expose children to experiences which allow them to explore new things.
“It’s proven the early years of life are the most important for learning. We’re thrilled to have Beach Energy on board so we can increase our offering from once to twice a month ensuring more children can benefit from the program,” Mr Oldman said.
“We feel extremely fortunate to have been trusted by generations of South Australian families to help nurture children’s curiosity in science, culture, and the natural world. The Young Explorers’ Program harnesses the joy of children’s curiosity so they can explore and enjoy with the people closest to them.”
The Young Explorers program is a fun, hands on experience that inspires children and helps them to grow. It aims to let children learn about themselves, other people and the world around them all while in a safe and nurturing environment.
The skills children obtain from learning about science are different from those used in other areas. Science encourages children to question and understand the world around them – it influences the way they reason and make decisions – a critical difference. Exposure to science through a child’s formative years creates pathways for interest and learning in life – helping our children become explorers and caretakers of the world.
With this generous grant, the program will now be able to reach over 240 children a month at the Museum as well as ensure the program can be part of the Museum’s great outreach initiatives that engage with communities across the state.
Beach Energy and the South Australian Museum have a long history of creating important opportunities that bring meaningful STEM-based experiences to families and communities across South Australia.
Beach Energy Head of Corporate Affairs and Community Rob Malinauskas said that getting young people involved in science from an early age can lead to big things later in life.
“There are many rewarding careers that begin from a passion for science and discovery, and that’s what the Young Explorer’s program is all about,” Mr Malinauskas said.
“The program has been immensely popular amongst families, so Beach Energy is delighted twice as many children will be able to participate as a result of our funding injection.”
The first Young Explorers Program for 2019 will commence on Monday 4 February – Friday 8 February and Monday 11 February – Friday 15 February.