The concept of a children’s university is widespread in Germany: most German universities offer teaching units led by well-known professors to children ages 8 to 12.
But don’t worry—we won’t force your child to memorize formulas or take exams. On the contrary, our quirky Professor Einstein, his capable helper Sophie Schlau and the endearing robot JOWO will explain complex scientific phenomena in a manner that’s both fun and easy to understand.
In its structure, our children’s university is very similar to a normal university. The children enroll in 3 subject areas, each comprising 15 lectures:
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By solving a series of unusual—and rather non-scholastic—assignments, your young student will collect badges that help him or her advance through the university’s course of studies: after completing a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate of Science, your child will graduate from the university as a full professor.
This elaborate system is based on a highly successful modern didactic method called “gamification.”
We wanted our university to be completely accessible to the public. In today’s world, there is only one method of achieving this – by going online. This gives every child, even in the farthest corners of the country, the opportunity to develop an interest in the sciences.
Besides, children need to learn how to work with different media – media literacy is not yet taught in schools and therefore most media users are not sufficiently media literate. The digital children’s university helps children learn to work with media in a knowledgeable and responsible manner.
The earlier a child is immersed in foreign languages, the more likely it is that that child will learn multiple languages with ease. Current didactic methodology has proven that learning languages is more interesting and easier if, instead of learning from a textbook, like we’re used to, children learn using the so-called CLIL method (content and language integrated learning). The idea is a simple one: students immediately put a foreign language to use in a variety of new assignments. A student might, for example, do a physical experiment, solve an exercise, and write down the results—all in German.
Germany has a rich tradition in the sciences. It is the country where the printing press, the lightbulb, the telephone, the dynamo, the car, the diesel motor, and the MP3 format were invented, vacuums and X-rays were discovered and the theory of relativity was developed.
Today, German is the world’s second-most-important language for scientific study, and Germany ranks third in funding for scientific research, making it a significant contributor to the advancement of science.