The University for children!
The Kinderuni, the digital children's university, is an educational project offered free of charge by the Goethe-Institut for children aged 8 to 12 years. They can explore different fields of knowledge in the fields of science.
The concept of children's universities has existed in Germany since 2002. The University of Tübingen was the first to open its doors to children to attend its classes. Since then, more and more universities in Germany and elsewhere offer such a program.
The Goethe-Institut, the German cultural institute, took inspiration from this approach and transposed the Kinderuni into a digital version. Thus, the digital university for children was created and, little by little, different language versions were added. In 2021, the Goethe-Institut Montreal took charge of the French version and invites the French-speaking public to discover it.
Who can access it and how does it work?
The Kinderuni is for children! Accompanied by a teacher, a parent or alone at home, children listen to short video capsules that answer questions such as “Why do fireflies glow? How does the autopilot work? Why do we hear the sea in a shell? »
The Kinderuni offers fun and motivating educational content. In addition, this program manages to capture the attention of the youngest and increases their ability to concentrate in a digital context.
Students can create an account on the platform and a code is available for teachers to track their progress. Everything is offered free of charge and gives access to the 75 lessons available in French.
These interactive lessons are offered in three faculties: “Human being”, “Nature” and “Technology”. Young scientists can learn, for example, how to make gummy bears, how a soap dispenser works, or how blind people write and read. Professor Einstein and his assistant Mrs. Schlau, two animated dolls, introduce the lesson and respond to children's curiosity by explaining scientific phenomena.
And that's not all! Children can also learn the German language. In each lesson, 10 new German words are taught, so that students become familiar with the language by exploring the meanings of words and their sounds. Exercises to deepen the subject and revise the few words learned are also part of the course. To further motivate children, a gamification system has been set up. Young learners collect trophies to advance in their "academic career", obtain their baccalaureate and ultimately become a teacher.
It is important to know that the courses are suitable both for students who have never learned German and for those who speak it fluently. Courses are available in French, English, German and many other languages. It is then possible for teachers to answer a daily question using a video clip in the children's mother tongue.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to use the children's university in your lessons. You can arrange a (virtual) meeting with one of our qualified teachers, who will introduce you to the platform and can also give you suggestions for integrating it into your lessons.