How children become discoverers
In September 2014, the Phorms School in Hamburg became a partner of the Haus der Kleinen Forscher foun dation. This foundation was created in 2006with the goal of developing the skills of educational specialists and teachers so that they can spark an interest in discovery among children in nursery and primary school.
As a result, Dr Bettina Schmidt and Sabine Stüttgen, who staff the local network Kleine Forscher Hamburg (Little Scientists in Hamburg), set up their office on the campus. The Haus der Kleinen Forscher foundation aims to excite children for so-called MINT subjects at an early age, to investigate their questions and guide them through a journey of discovery. The patron of this project is Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research. “The Phorms educational concept begins with the words ‘We help children and teenagers to understand the world’. We share the same goal, which is why we are pursuing it together,” says Michael Fritz, chairman of the foundation.
At present, around 230 local network partners around Germany allow some 27,000 nurseries, primary schools and after-school clubs to take part in the ongoing training programme organised by the foundation.