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The Foundation “House of Little Research Scientists”

Children don’t need much encouragement to start doing research; the entire world is their laboratory.

When a girl pumps up a ball, she is also learning something about air pressure. And, when a boy pours water from one cup to another, that’s pure physics. 

Research field trips through the natural phenomena of everyday life

Kleine Forscher in Aktion. Bild: Stiftung „Haus der kleinen Forscher/Christoph Wehrer

The non-profit “Haus der kleinen Forscher” Foundation is committed to good early education in the domains of science, technology, computer science, and mathematics with the aim of strengthening children for the future and enabling them to act in a sustainable way.

Together with its local network partners, the Foundation provides a nationwide professional development programme that supports pedagogical staff at early childhood education and care centers, after-school centers, and primary schools in facilitating the exploration, inquiry, and learning of children between the ages of three and ten.

The “Haus der kleinen Forscher” Foundation improves educational opportunities, fosters interest in the domains of science, technology, computer science, and mathematics, and professionalizes pedagogical staff for this purpose.

The partners of the Foundation are

  • the Helmholtz Association,
  • the Siemens Stiftung,
  • the Dietmar Hopp Stiftung, and
  • the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung.

The Foundation is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

More than 230 network partners nationwide  

The “House of Little Research Scientists” works together with more than 230 national network partners. Their regional training sessions have been attended by educators from more than 25,000 daycare facilities, after-school care centers and elementary schools. More than 4,400 facilities have been certified as “House of Little Research Scientists”.

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Communications and External Affairs

Helmholtz Head Office

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