International STEM education program
Expanding STEM education (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) is on the agenda of just about every education policy in the world. However, achieving this goal depends on well-qualified educators. With Experimento, we’ve created a range of hands-on teaching and learning materials for science and technology lessons that are modular and adaptable to country-specific needs.
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Kenia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa
Experimento is an international education program that is directly related to the everyday lives of children and young people. The program focuses on independent experimentation, exploration, and comprehension of natural phenomena and technological developments that address the environment, energy, and health. We emphasize up-to-date materials pertaining to global challenges, such as the greenhouse effect, the use of renewable energy, or water filtration.
Instructions and materials for use in the classroom
Methodical training seminars for educators, didactically prepared teaching materials, and specific experimentation materials lead to lessons that develop enthusiasm, enjoyment, and understanding for science and technology.
Successive, modular lessons for all age groups
Around 130 experiments for age groups 4-7 years (Experimento | 4+), 8-12 (Experimento | 8+), and 10-18 (Experimento | 10+) ensure continuous knowledge that builds along the entire education chain.
Developed by education experts for international deployment
Experimento was developed by Siemens Stiftung and the foundation “Haus der kleinen Forscher” (Little Scientists’ House) along with a team of independent education experts from universities. From the beginning, the materials were developed for international use in three languages (German, English and Spanish). Partner universities and education institutions in 11 countries have already implemented the program.
Interest in science and technology knows no borders: The education program Experimento is now helping teachers in 11 countries give children and young people the skills they need for a successful future. In multi-day workshops, trainers show how to prepare exciting experiments with simple materials and how to implement them in a didactically appealing way in science and technology classes.
The program’s content is adapted to circumstances in each country or integrated into the existing education system through close cooperation with universities, teacher training institutions, schools, vocational training centers, foundations, bilateral and multilateral institutions, and public authorities. This creates effective synergy and a lively cycle of new ideas.
Experimento is based on the principle of inquiry-based learning, which sees children and young people actively shaping their own learning processes: They come up questions, apply a range of methods to arrive at solutions, reflect on what they’ve discovered, and summarize the results – all on their own. The young researchers learn that their own actions lead to success – a valuable, motivational lesson that boosts a child’s belief in his or her own capabilities. It also means that learning is not limited to the classroom and encourages applying lessons to everyday life, reassessing information, and coming up with new ideas outside of school.
Creating values in STEM
The education program Experimento is about more than acquiring science and technology knowledge. We specifically incorporated values into the program as it was conceptualized with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich. Multi-tiered, age-appropriate value-building STEM lessons should focus on personal and social values, such as cognitive ability, problem solving skills, cooperation, and the ability to take action. Societal values such as conscientiousness and engagement on behalf of nature, the environment, and a sustainable future are encouraged.
Experimento has been implemented in 11 countries on three continents and in four languages. As of 2018, the program had reached nearly 9,000 educators and one million children.
A three-year evaluation conducted by the TUM School of Education’s Chair of School Pedagogy and the Institute for Biology Education at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) seeks to determine1
- if materials meet subject-specific curriculum criteria in Germany and other international standards,
- if teachers are satisfied with the materials,
- if advanced training seminars are expanding knowledge,
- how teachers are passing along their knowledge to children,
- and the learning outcomes for children.
Early results indicate that 90 percent of the subject materials meet international standards, that all relevant approaches and procedures contained in the teaching and learning materials are being put to use, and that teachers’ knowledge of the methodology and personal didactic concepts is increasing.