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Sari Hurme-Mehtälä
Jenni Vartiainen

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Kide Science supports young children’s scientific thinking through play-based learning, which predicts better learning outcomes in school.

Kide Science

Helsinki, Finland
Kide Science applies a world-class, research-based pedagogical model from Finland for early science education for 3-to-8 year-olds all over the world. The play-based STEAM learning model functions as an engaging “plug n’ play” tool for teachers and parents. The licensing model for educators is complemented with online training, lesson plans, peer support and engagement for families.

Scientific Thinking Skills - Highway to a Better Future

PhD Jenni Vartiainen, Founder of Kide Science & Researcher at the University of Helsinki
“Educators feel that planning science activities is difficult and even if they have well-developed knowledge in science they struggle to introduce science in a way that is appropriate for young children. We have solution for that.”

PhD Jenni Vartiainen, Founder of Kide Science & Researcher at the University of Helsinki

Our contemporary society is going through groundbreaking changes. Never before has the climate warmed as quickly as it does now, and access to information has never been as open as it is now. What skills and knowledge children will need to cope in the future? 

Science and technology strongly drive the change in our society. Not only will we need more people who strive towards science and technology-related careers, but more importantly, we will need remarkably more people who are able to think scientifically and critically to back up their daily decisions with scientific knowledge. 

Kide Science is a Finnish pedagogical STEAM innovation that provides educators with top quality and scalable curriculum materials to implement early science education in a playful way. Kide Science's pedagogy is grounded on rigorous scientific research by our founder PhD Jenni Vartiainen, and follows the acknowledged Finnish philosophy on early education. When children do science with the Kide curriculum, they feel like they're playing and enjoying themselves, while in fact, they are building highly important skills needed in the scientific process and thinking. For educators, Kide Science is an easy plug-and-play method to ensure that their pupils will gain the skills needed in the future. 

Kide Science uses storytelling as a powerful tool to motivate children to participate in science activities. The story world of Kide sessions is free of cultural stamps because it stems from the imaginary world called Supraland, located in a different dimension. In Supraland forests are made from crystals and animals are geometric shapes, for instance. That kind of world celebrates children’s natural curiosity and imagination without binding it to a specific cultural environment.  Through play, children will be able to relate scientific concepts and practices to their cultural worlds and therefore, make science relevant for themselves.

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10 000
3 330
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The licensing model for educators is complemented with training, lesson plans, peer support and engagement for families. Each session is pre-planned for you, and you’ll get clear step-by-step instructions (text, pictures, videos) through online before starting the session. This means that you can focus on working with the children to provide wondrous science experiences.
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Aino Kuronen
Sari Hurme-Mehtälä
Jenni Vartiainen

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