Carina Hesse

Experiencing Natural Science with Children

Children’s interest in the phenomena that surround them is keenest between the ages of three and ten. The changing seasons, for example, often offer parents, carers and teachers a more relevant and easier way of explaining simple biological processes than tackling principles of chemistry.

This is probably the main reason why right from the beginning, children are more familiar with many biological phenomena than with the underlying chemical and physical relationships. Yet these are no less fascinating, educational and important for the changes that happen in nature.

The principles of natural science and the related questions and approaches to problem-solving form part of our immediate habitat. They grab the interest of all children. Particularly among young children, natural scientific phenomena frequently unleash a primeval sense of wonder. This natural curiosity can be encouraged through experiments. Trying things out in the company of parents, carers or teachers provides the ideal combination of play, intelligence and knowledge. Conducting experiments and interpreting the results stimulates children’s natural curiosity and answers their questions about everyday phenomena. They learn how to understand chemical processes and solve everyday puzzles. At the same time, they develop a conscious and careful approach to handling everyday chemicals.

In order to open the doors of experimentation to all who are interested, we have set up the cost-free AgLearn tool so you can help children try their hand at constructing a solar oven, show them how to find compass plants or determine the constituents of cereal crops. Through play, you can practice strategies with the children to break down more complex problems into core questions so that they can be solved more easily – useful skills we need all our lives.

Carina Hesse
Carina Hesse
Carina Hesse
cooperated with Bayer’s Crop Science Division since 2005 and has trained more than 2,000 teachers in early learning methods revolving around science.

Agricultural Education Program

The digital AgLearn tool allows playful learning through online experiments on the topic plant growth. Teachers are able to prepare their lessons with interactive experiments, videos, worksheets and scientific explanations designed for students aged 5 to 12.

This online tool is part of Bayer’s Agricultural Education Program that aims at raising awareness for food and farming all over the globe. It encourages young people aged 5 to 25 to think more deeply about sustainable agriculture, food supply and the role of science in this context. Bayer helps young people interested in agriculture connect and engage through building networks, offering first hand-experiences at the company’s, labs and farms and providing scholarships for the most talented young minds.

Tell it to me and I will forget. Show me and I might remember.
Let me do it myself and I will understand.

Asian proverb
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