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"Forscherwelt"/Researchers' World

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 six successful years. More than 15,000 children around the world have already taken part in this initiative, playfully discovering scientific secrets by conducting a variety of experiments.

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The "Forscherwelt" concept

  • In 2011, Henkel set up a dedicated “Forscherwelt” center in Düsseldorf that is tailored to children’s needs. In this area, children can take on the role of a researcher.
  • “Forscherwelt” 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, “Forscherwelt” is established at selected Henkel sites and schools under its slogan of “Act like a scientist.”
  • For example, “Forscherwelt” courses have been held regularly at the Experimentarium, a science museum for children in Moscow, since 2014.
  • “Forscherwelt” activities have also been carried out in Argentina, Turkey, Poland and Italy, where specially trained employees have been visiting schools to conduct science experiments together with children. 

Varied opportunities for children and teachers

  • At "Forscherwelt" 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 "Forscherwelt" 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 "Forscherwelt" 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 "Forscherwelt" on a regular basis. 

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5/2/16

5 years Forscherwelt

Forscherwelt, or Researchers’ World, is an international education initiative set up by Henkel that aims to encourage children to explore the world of science and to make research fun.

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