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Initiative reaches 1m little researchers

A German government initiative to teach pre-schoolers about research and science has reached over one million children in the past five years, the research ministry has announced.

Five years after its foundation the initiative includes over 19,000 kindergartens and day-care centres, according to the research ministry. The Haus der kleinen Forscher (House of little researchers) initiative was founded to get kids interested in research.

“This initiative awakes and maintains the interest in research in small girls and boys, which improves their chances of getting a good education,” said Thomas Rachel, the research ministry’s state secretary.

The government announced on 18 November that the initiative was well represented in Saxony-Anhalt and Berlin, where around 70 per cent of kindergartens and care centres were participating. However, in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg less than 20 per cent of centres were part of the initiative, the government said.

The drive is part funded by the government, with large public and private research foundations such as McKinsey&Company, Siemens and the Helmholtz Association providing the rest.