Science, Technology and Environmental Education
The "Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt" is sponsor of the project "Naturwissenschaftlich-technische Umweltbildung im Kinderforscherzentrum HELLEUM". The core intention of the project is to arouse the children´s interest concerning nature, technology and environment an equally to make contribution to "education for sustainable development". Within two years a team of educators of different professions (teachers, students, preschool educators and research associates) is going to develop different workshops with innovative didactic settings.
With regards to contents the workshops are located between scientific and environmental education. Six issues concerning environmental education and education for sustainable development (BNE) are framing the focusses on related scienetific and technical phenomenons: 1. solar energy, 2. wind energy, 3. recycling, 4. soil, 5. water, 6. aerial.
The preconstructed learning area contains different stations, that offer lerners a free an open access in reference to their interests, experiences, motives, needs and skills. In doing so the learning areas refer to the approach of inclusive pedagogy. (vgl. Wedekind, 2011, p. 10). The stations do not contain any instructions. The provided material offers children a range of opportunities to act on their search for individuell challanges and questions.
Social references of the project
One of the core intentions of the DBU project is to enable children from uneducated families to explore and develop their interests in the field of scienetific environmental education and to involve their parents in the process. From this point of view the DBU project contributes to the equality of opportunity. As the Helleum is located in the heart of a housing area, children can participate in our offers easily and without having any costs. The dicdatical setting differs vitally from the one known of preschools which is quite important as children knowns as academicly weak often attain excellent research results while working in the Helleum. Meanwhile especially our open offers are visited more and more by children whose parents do not have the opportunity to take advantage of other institutions that are concerned with natural science education in Berlin.