More educational opportunities for all
The non-profit "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation is committed to good early education in the domains of science, technology, computer science, and mathematics with the aim of strengthening children for the future and enabling them to act in a sustainable way.
Together with its local network partners, the Foundation provides a nationwide professional development programme that supports pedagogical staff at early childhood education and care centres, after-school centres, and primary schools in facilitating the exploration, inquiry, and learning of children between the ages of three and ten. The "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation improves educational opportunities, fosters interest in the domains of science, technology, computer science, and mathematics, and professionalises pedagogical staff for this purpose.
The “Haus der kleinen Forscher” programme is the largest early childhood education initiative in Germany. In the long term, the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” Foundation aims to enhance the educational opportunities of all children between the ages of three and ten in Germany.
The pedagogic approach of the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" programme incorporates the many findings of modern research in the fields of early childhood education, developmental psychology, didactics, and learning research. The "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation sees itself as a learning organisation that obtains advice and evaluation from renowned experts in various disciplines, thereby enabling it to continuously develop its pedagogic concept.
Partners of the Foundation include the Helmholtz Association, the Siemens Stiftung, the Dietmar Hopp Stiftung and the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung. Since 2008, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has supported the Foundation.
Our Vision: Questioning – Inquiring – Shaping the Future
- All children in Germany engage in inquiry activities and pursue their own questions on the world in a “Little Scientists’ House”.
- These “Little Scientists’ Houses” will strengthen children for the future and empower them to think for themselves and to act responsibly.
Our Mission is to…
- promote a questioning and inquiring attitude in children;
- give children the opportunity to discover at a young age their own talents and potential in the domains of science, technology, computer science, and mathematics; and
- lay the foundations for reflective engagement with technological and social changes in the interests of sustainable development.
With a practice-oriented and high-quality approach to professionalisation, the Foundation supports early childhood professionals and primary teachers in facilitating the exploration, inquiry, and learning activities of children up to the age of ten. The initiative supports educational institutions in sustainably developing themselves as “venues of inquiry-based learning” and – as “Little Scientists’ Houses” – in creating favourable learning environments for children.
Pathbreaking: STEM Education for Sustainable Development
The Foundation stands for a STEM education that is aware of its responsibility to the people and the planet. So the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” educational work orients to global sustainable development goals, known as 17 SDGs, and aims to contribute to the sustainable development of the world and society. For this, STEM competencies such as a research attitude, observation, reflection and understanding the context are important requirements. Without anticipating learning outcomes and values, the foundation focuses on future-oriented values in its educational work. The concept of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) helps to come closer to the foundations vision of having strong children who act responsibly and can support to shape global challenges.