FROEBEL is bringing the "Little Scientists" to Australia. Little Scientists is an initiative designed to facilitate children's curiosity for science, maths and technology through child-appropriate, fun and playful experiments already in their early years. Every education and care service, preschool and kindergarten in Australia which works with children from 3 to 6 years of age can join the project and become an accredited Little Scientists' House. Teachers and educators will be trained through the program and encouraged to implement the project together with the children in their care.
Workshops with different focuses, such as Water, Air, Light&Vision and Engineering are offered to all interested education and care services and are provided through Local Network Partners across Australia.
FROEBEL cooperates with the Little Scientists' House Foundation ("Stiftung Haus der kleinen Forscher") in Germany and has been chosen as exclusive partner for bringing the project to Australia. The Foundation is the largest early education initiative in Germany. At this stage, more than 27,000 services are participating in the program throughout Germany, supported by nearly 700 local networks. The Little Scientists have already been introduced to several other countries - including Thailand, where the Thai Royal Princess is the patron.
We are proud and humbled that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 8 February 2016 that the Federal Government will be contributing $4m over three years to the national rollout of the Little Scientists program from 1 July 2016.
The consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has chosen FROEBEL (and our Little Scientists program) as one of 20 technology entrepreneurs to benefit from a new 21st Century Minds Accelerator Program designed to discover and support Australia's best new STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education initiatives in 2016.
If you want to be part of this exciting project, and if you would like your childcare centre, family day care, kindergarten or preschool to participate, you can register your interest and send an email to our Little Scientists team: mailto:email@example.com