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International Work and Partnerships

Since 2009, the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation has to an extent also been internationally active. Initially, the Federation reacted primarily to the great international interest in its educational innovations, and cooperated with players in the field of education in various countries (e.g. Thailand, Australia) by providing translations of and consultancy concerning the continuous professional development and dissemination concept developed in Germany.

Globe showing Europe and Landmarks
© Christoph Wehrer/ (c) Stiftung Haus der kleinen Forscher

From 2016 onwards, the focus increasingly shifted to the sharing of experiences and the further development of the Foundation itself in cooperation with various international players in the field of STEM education.

Meanwhile, institutions around the world are developing projects and initiatives for inquiry-based science education. The "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation networks with interested organisations worldwide to learn from one another and to share experiences in a peer dialogue. If you have any questions about our international collaborations, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Little Scientists Australia was brought to Australia by Froebel 2013 and is the Australian adaptation of the successful work of the German not-for-profit "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation. The affordable, hands-on workshops combine inquiry-based learning with age-appropriate *STEM exploration and encourage daily scientific exploration with children aged 3 to 6 years. The Little Scientists team have established 42 local network partnerships across Australia and workshops are delivered in all States and Territories.

For several years now, a number of early childhood education and care service providers in Austria have been availing of the Foundation’s professional development workshops for their educators.

German Schools Abroad
Some German schools abroad also use the inquiry-based model of science education. The largest German school abroad, the Colégio Visconde de Porto Seguro in São Paulo, Brazil, has been cooperating with the Foundation since 2014.

In 2008, H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn experienced the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" programme in Germany at first hand. She brought the idea back to Thailand with her. The "Little Scientists' House Thailand" has been implemented since 2010 – with huge success throughout the country.

The Netherlands
Since the beginning of 2014, the Haus der kleinen Forscher programme is run in the Netherlands under the name of Techniek&ik. This programme was developed by the Korein Groep and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences School for Child Studies & Education. The Techniek&ik programme is based on the pedagogical resources and professional development workshops of the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" programme. Over the years, the programme has been further developed into ‘inquiry and design based learning', in accordance with the Dutch education system.