How to encourage children to take up science? Get them interested young! A love of science starts in childhood. Through Henkel's "Forscherwelt" (Researchers' World) education initiative, children discover the thrill of scientific experimentation. They become little researchers and get a playful introduction into science's secrets. The initiative's patron is Dr. Simone Bagel-Trah, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board and the Shareholders' Committee at Henkel. The international education initiative is looking back at 10 successful years.
The “Researchers' World” concept
- In 2011, Henkel set up a dedicated “Researchers' World” center in Düsseldorf that is tailored to children’s needs. In this area, children can take on the role of a researcher.
- Since then, the education initiative has become global. There are "Researchers' World projects" in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, India, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, UAE and USA.
- “Researchers' World” has a different set-up from a conventional school science lab: there is an experimentation zone, a rest area and a designated space for exercise and discussion.
- A spatial concept creates an atmosphere in which the children feel at ease and enjoy an ideal environment for learning through play.
- Internationally, “Researchers' World” is established at selected Henkel sites and schools under its slogan of “Act like a scientist.”
- Outside of Germany, trained teachers have been visiting schools since 2014 to conduct scientific experiments together with the children there.
- In addition, “Researchers' World” has been intensifying its cooperation with established partners in the field of education since 2018.
- Since October 2018, there has been a permanent “Researchers' World” program at Moscow's ”Youth Palace”, one of the most renowned extracurricular learning venues in Russia. In Turkey, “Researchers' World” courses have been taking place on the campus of the Darüşşafaka school in Istanbul since December 2018.
- In Dubai, Istanbul and Moscow, Henkel has established a regular program on premises of local educational institutions. In addition to that some countries offer digital programs as well.
Varied opportunities for children and teachers
- At “Researchers' World” children have the chance to conduct their first scientific experiments. The experiments touch upon the topics of glue, washing & cleaning, cosmetics, and sustainability. Kids can ask experts questions and gain insight into how research is conducted.
- The educational concept of “Researchers' World” was developed by Prof. Dr. Katrin Sommer, Chair of Chemistry Didactics at Ruhr-University Bochum.
- During the school year, Henkel offers four elementary schools a nine-part teaching program at “Researchers' World” every half year.
- Henkel employees’ children have the opportunity to take part in a one-week vacation course offered four times a year.
- Further professional development courses for teachers also take place at “Researchers' World” on a regular basis.
By visiting “Forscherwelt”, children have the chance to conduct their first scientific experiments involving gluing, washing & cleaning, cosmetics, and sustainability.
New “Forscherwelt” concepts around the world
Encouraging children to take up science by getting them started young – that’s the aim of Henkel’s international education initiative “Forscherwelt” (“Researchers’ World”). Since its launch in 2011, the initiative has reached more than 30,000 children with its activities in nine countries and it is continuously expanding. In 2018, Henkel introduced a new cooperation concept: “Forscherwelt” centers at established educational institutions.
Five years of Henkel’s Forscherwelt
Stimulating children’s spirit of discovery and passion for research: That is the goal of Henkel’s Forscherwelt (Researchers’ World). The international education initiative, which was launched at the company’s headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 2011, is looking back at five successful years. Around 9,700 children have already taken part in the initiative around the world, discovering scientific secrets by conducting over 33,000 experiments. The program offers classes for elementary schools as well as holiday courses. Since 2014, children in Argentina, Russia, Ireland and Turkey have also had the chance to turn into little researchers in various projects.