Children at the German School, Colégio Visconde de Porto Seguro in São Paulo, Brazil are curious about acoustic phenomena.
“Little Scientists” in Sydney, Australia, explore their garden.
Two Dutch girls in Eindhoven are excited about what happens to the balloon after they put a fizzy tablet into a bottle of water.
International work and partnerships
Institutions around the world are developing projects and initiatives for inquiry-based science education. One of the Foundation’s goals is to learn from other countries and their projects. At the same time, the Foundation is happy to share its experiences with others and is open to international projects and partnerships. If you have any questions regarding these international collaborations, please do not hesitate to contact us.
In 2013, Froebel Australia Ltd. implemented the “Little Scientists” programme in Australia based on the German model. To date, the initiative has built network partnerships with organisations all over Australia, and teachers and educators across the country are already integrating the programme into their work with the children.
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
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.
The Foundation has been collaborating with the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) since 2014. The aim of the MCST is to inspire primary school teachers to engage in inquiry-based learning with their students.
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 throughout the country – with more than 14,000 participating early childhood education and care centres.
Since the beginning of 2014, the Techniek&ik programme has been in place in the Netherlands. This programme was developed by the Korein Groep and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences School for Child Studies & Education, and is supported by the corporate network Brainport Eindhoven Region. The Techniek&ik programme is based on the pedagogical resources and professional development workshops of the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” programme.