Big experiments for little researchers

Henkel’s Forscherwelt (Researchers’ World) is a place where children can make big discoveries – with their natural curiosity, wanting to know how and why things work. Henkel set up this child-focused facility in Düsseldorf in 2011, in a dedicated laboratory with a floor space of about 300 square meters. In 2012, the program will also include one-week projects on sustainability.

The idea behind the Forscherwelt at Henkel is to take children on scientific adventures, showing them how much fun research can be. Since the beginning of 2012, the Forscherwelt – whose patron is Dr. Simone Bagel-Trah, Chair of the Shareholders’ Committee and Supervisory Board of Henkel – has been open to elementary schools in Düsseldorf and its surroundings. Henkel supplies the equipment and materials for the laboratory, which was specially designed for children. The students are guided through the experiments by their teachers. To help the teachers prepare, Henkel offers them separate training sessions in the Forscherwelt.

Initially, the Forscherwelt was used by children of Henkel employees during the 2011 spring, summer and fall vacations. Project leader Dr. Ute Krupp relates: “The kids were able to ask Henkel experts whatever they wanted to know and find out what their parents’ working world is like. They became truly excited about science, far more than we would ever have expected.”

The Forscherwelt is unlike any classic school laboratory. Its fixtures and fittings and the teaching concept were designed specifically with young children in mind. In the Forscherwelt, children also learn that scientists don’t just do experiments in the lab, but also share their knowledge and experience with other scientists.

“Children are naturally hungry to explore and learn new things. Through our initiative, we want to spark their interest for the sciences at an early age. And in the summer of 2012, we will be launching our own research week all about sustainability,” says Dr. Krupp.

Henkel Forscherwelt

Henkel Forscherwelt

The initiative “Deutschland – Land der Ideen” (Germany – Land of Ideas) honored the Forscherwelt in 2012 as one of “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas.”

Land of Ideas

From the left: Lara (9), Lukas (9), Mieke (10), Valentin (7).

Last updated: March 8, 2012