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 ten successful years. More than 62,000 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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Henkel brings ‘Forscherwelt’ education initiative to Tallaght, Ireland

The educational concept is not tied to these premises, however: Forscherwelt is now being established internationally at selected Henkel sites and schools under the motto ‘Forscherwelt to go’. In June 2015 Henkel has launched its global educational initiative – Forscherwelt (researchers World) in Tallaght, Ireland

The team at Henkel Tallaght opened its doors to Citywise Education, the locally based programme that provides young people with after-school and out-of-school educational support, for a day of fun learning and experiments. Ireland is the fourth country to roll out this initiative. Back in May, Dr Ute Krupp, who leads Forscherwelt,travelled to Ireland to train 20 employees. They learnt a series of experiments that they could teach school children to introduce them to science.

The day long activity, in partnership with Citywise Education, saw 25 school children come to Tallaght to be taught simple science experiments.

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.
  • Since then, the education initiative has become global. There are "Forscherwelt projects" in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, India, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, UAE and USA.
  • ‘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.”
  • Outside of Germany, trained teachers have been visiting schools since 2014 to conduct scientific experiments together with the children there.
  • In addition, ‘Forscherwelt’ has been intensifying its cooperation with established partners in the field of education since 2018.

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.