Forscherwelt is Henkel’s Global Initiative which is on research based learning for younger children through actual fun learn scientific experiments. The Program is an educational concept initiated in 2011 in Germany and over the span of 6-7 years, has extended to other nations like Argentina, Russia, Turkey, Ireland, Italy and Poland. It was started with the intent to provide the children from the age group of 8-12 years the daily experiences of a real scientific researcher. The Program was created to encourage children to take up scientific research that would help them to expose to a series of scientific secrets by conducting a variety of experiments. It aims at teaching school children scientific laboratory research and experiments using fun methods.
The Program has been tailor made to meet the needs of the children where they can take up a role of a researcher. It is an attempt to enhance research based scientific literacy among the targeted school students. It also aims at creating an atmosphere in which the children feel at ease and enjoy an ideal environment for learning through play. Such an approach to learning encourages children to unleash their inner curiosity and asks the teachers questions and gain insight into how research is conducted. This global program has been successfully running in 7 countries and has been rolled out in India for the first time in partnership with ‘EDREST’ (Entrepreneurship Development and Resources Support Trust).
EDREST has sculpted the existing Forscherwelt modules to fit in to the Indian government schools’ curriculum and need. The training of the teachers for the program in India was done by Dr. Ute Krupp from Germany. EDREST has designed and executed the project to make it a catalyst project, which will evolve to give desirable impact in defined span of time. The concept of expanding the Program to India is a step forward in helping the children to build a passion for scientific research and develop a taste of discovery. It has been currently rolled out at six Municipal schools in the region of Navi Mumbai. The proposed experiments under this program relate to Henkel’s core areas- adhesives, cosmetics and laundry. The larger objective of the program is to teach school children scientific laboratory research and experiments using fun methods.
In India, the practical exposure to scientific experiments is limited to children studying in higher standards or to students who chose science as a career option. This limits many students who has interest in science but consider the subject to be “difficult” in taking up science as a career option. A program like Forscherwelt triggers the inquisitiveness of a child at an early age of schooling where learning is most acute. The students are provided with actual scientific equipment’s and set up which helps in building the interest of the young children in learning more about the secrets of science and find answers to day-to-day phenomenons through the practical experiments.
“This program gives an overview as to how researchers think and solve problems, which becomes and easy solution for us in our day to day life”
EDREST is a partner with Henkel for executing its program PAN India. EDREST identified 9 schools with the help of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporations (NMMC), Education Department and in the first phase it is running in 6 schools. Next year the program is envisioned to be executed in other schools of Navi Mumbai, Mumbai and Thane.
The structure of the project is very simple. EDREST plays the key role in executing the entire project including approvals from respective government educational departments, aligning the modules with school curriculum, sourcing the materials for conducting the experiments, writing articles and reporting regarding the progress of the program. EDREST Trained Teachers, who are called “Teachers of Researchers World”, carry the required experimental material in a portable box to the respective school and class room. The “Teachers of the Researchers World” install particular experiment lab in the classroom, before starting the session and wind-up after completing the sessions. Each day 2 batchers of 30 children receive these sessions for 90 minutes each from our Teacher. Multiple batches are conducted in different schools and classrooms. We have received request letters from the school Principals to include 7th and 8th Class students in the existing program.
• Enhance students inquisitiveness towards a real-time solution through actual experiments
• Create a participatory learning and sharing experiences of versatile results
• Activity based learning approach help to improve quality observation, evolve results and group learning.
In many countries, traditional classroom teaching is still the norm, and schools often lack the resources and space for practical science classes. The Forscherwelt concept takes a multisensory approach and relies on research and development-based teaching. As such, it represents enrichment for the common school curriculum and helps to build scientific literacy and thus the solution orientation