Culture and technology are fun!
Our project “Be mobile and creative with the sun” is highly practical. In it, knowledge about solar energy and its applications is conveyed to children in a playful and sensory way.
Children build their own solar cars or solar boats using wood and solar modules, and finally, they customize them according to their own ideas. There are no limits to their fantasies. The vehicles should only be able to move with the help of solar energy or light (in case it’s too dark).
Our project is interdisciplinary, focusing not only on STEM subjects but also on the field of visual arts.
Throughout the implementation, we place a strong emphasis on the participation and decision-making of the children. Our playful approach gives children the opportunity to engage with technical and craft-related topics in a child-friendly manner.
In our project, we employ the following methods:
Experiments: Children conduct experiments with solar cells, gaining insights into their effectiveness. Artistic Creation: Children build boats or cars from prefabricated components. After completion, the vehicles are individually designed by the children, whether through stickers or paintings. Co-construction/Discovery Learning: We follow the educational approach of the “House of Little Researchers.” Children and educators shape the learning process together. Through building and designing boats or cars, they discover and explore how these vehicles move best. How should a boat be constructed to float well? They experiment with various materials and shapes to solve this question. Production of Sustainable Objects: Children build models powered by solar energy, making them sustainable due to their energy efficiency.