The Little Scientists’ House promotes children’s natural spirit of research.

The initiative “Little Scientists’ House” was launched in 2006 - true to the motto “early practice makes perfect.” It aims to support educational experts in helping children encounter scientific, mathematical, and technical issues in everyday situations. The educators receive training, information materials and ideas through its local networks. More than 20,000 preschools, day care centers and primary schools already benefit from the educational initiative’s offers; more than 3,700 facilities have a Little Scientists’ House certification.

Siemens Stiftung is a founding and sustaining member of the educational initiative. With its commitment, the foundation aims to help expand child-friendly access to phenomena and interrelationships from the realm of science and technology and sustainably improve the educational opportunities of children in these areas.

Does joint experimentation support language development?

As part of the research into the impact of early science education, Siemens Stiftung together with the Little Scientists’ House and the Baden-Württemberg Foundation supported the EASI Science-L study on linguistic educational impact and interactive quality. The results published in August 2017 confirm that science education offerings have a positive effect on the children’s language abilities. On the basis of the insights thus obtained, qualification measures for professionals can be evaluated and improved.

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 partners of the Foundation are the Helmholtz Association, the Siemens Stiftung, the Dietmar Hopp Stiftung, and the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung. The Foundation is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).