When children become researchers
Curiosity is nothing other than the joy of learning. When taught in a way appropriate to the age group, mathematics, technical subjects and natural science can therefore be intensely interesting for even the youngest children. The Forschergeist ("Explorer") competition recognizes the commitment of educators who do precisely this. With a great deal of imagination they integrate games involving figures, dimensions and weights into the everyday routine at day care centers, research phenomena like light and shade or observe the growth of plants.
Deutsche Telekom Stiftung and the "Little Scientists' House" foundation jointly organize the day care center competition every two years. With prizes totaling EUR 80,000, Forschergeist is one of the most highly funded contest of this kind in Germany. The award-winning projects serve as inspiration and a good example for successful STEM education at pre-school age.
Picture credit: "Little Scientists' House"