At Spürnasenecke, the popular research lab for nursery school children, little explorers are led on a voyage of discovery by specially trained teachers. They discover the world of nature and technology through play using the various research tools and experiments at their disposal. New challenges from the fields of electronics and IT have now been added to the range of experiments available; a move which specially marks Spürnasenecke’s decision to place increased emphasis on technology. “When setting up the new experiments, we made sure that their design was tailored to nursery school children. Our aim is to encourage boys’ and girls’ inquiring minds and enable them to see and experience technical principles up close,” explains Bernadette Unger, co-founder of Spürnasenecke and a nursery school teacher.
Taking their first steps in electronics
Launching a propeller and generating electricity for a LED are just two examples of the exciting experiments in the new electronics kit. The simple push-button system ensures that even children can manage to set it up safely. With the help of expert guides, children can build circuits, insert switches and add important conductors. The way a series circuit works is also demonstrated. In addition to electronics, physical effects such as air flow are also explored and children can engage with these by launching a propeller into the air.
Robot promotes logical and abstract thinking
Another highlight at Spürnasenecke is the new robot, which gives children their first insights into the world of IT. The mini IT experts can program the robot with various commands in a way that is easy and fun. The robot starts moving when they press the start button and performs all the commands entirely independently – just the same as in actual computer programs. This calls for the children to use foresight and think in an abstract way – completely detached from the robot performing the commands – and this is a particular challenge for them. “The new experiment introduces children to the mind-set needed for IT. They learn various problem-solving strategies in a fun way and gain valuable insights into the basic principles of logical and process-oriented thinking, something which is particularly in demand in today’s high-tech world,” says Bernadette Unger.
With an increased focus on the areas of electronics and IT, Spürnasenecke teaches even the youngest children about technology in a way that is easy to understand. “Children can experiment to their hearts’ content at Spürnasenecke, helping them to discover their passion and talent for technology. Our clear aim with the new experiments is to encourage young engineering talent at an early stage,” says Daniela Malata in closing.
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