The project “TuWaS! Technik und Naturwissenschaft an Schulen” (Do something! Technology and natural science in schools) is offered by IHK Cologne/Bonn. The Hans Hermann Voss Foundation allows all elementary schools in the Oberbergischer Kreis district free participation in this offer.
The aim is to introduce children to questions of natural science and technology as early as possible and in a fun way. Lessons are offered on the topics of weather, solids and liquids, the life cycle of a butterfly, electrical circuits, chemical tests, motion, and structure. Tried and tested material for 16 progressive lectures will be provided to the schools. In addition, day-long training sessions for teachers are offered that will give teachers a theoretical and didactic foundation.
The experiment units are designed to conform to the curriculum for regular lessons. They include handbooks and materials with which the children can conduct experiments in groups of two or three over a time period of four to eight weeks. Delivery, pick-up, and maintenance of the experiment units are included in the concept. The day-long training sessions on guided research-based learning are offered biannually on every experiment unit for elementary school teachers.