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Scientific Thinking Skills - Highway to a Better Future
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 and parents 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 and parents, Kide Science is an easy plug-and-play method to ensure that children 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.
Kide Science has online platform for educators and parents in English, Chinese and Finnish. In Finland Kide Science founders have co-created also a science TV show series "Tiedonjyvä" (Reach 300 000 families) with Finland’s national public service broadcaster. Kide Science has also published children´s book series "Tiedeseikkailu" (20 000 books) with Sanoma.