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:
By solving a series of unusual — and rather non-scholastic — assignments, young students collect badges that help them advance through the university’s course of studies: after completing a Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degree, children eventually graduate from the Kinderuniversity as a Professor.
This elaborate system is based on a highly successful modern didactic method called “gamification.”
Another goal is to familiarize children with working with different media. Media literacy is a relatively new field that is not (yet) taught in every school and some media users lack sufficient media literacy. The Digital Kinderuniversity teaches children to use media in a knowledgeable and responsible manner.
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.
The Kinderuni is not a language school. Its main goal is to introduce children to the world of science. Learning a few words in German is a bonus.
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