The role of science in basic education – particularly in pre-primary and primary schools – has changed in the course of the last years: in the last two decades, scientific disciplines have assumed a fundamental role in comprehensive training of children but few projects investigated on how to improve the quality of science learning in Early Childhood Education and, furthermore, on how to prepare pre-school teachers to teach science at early stages of development. Kitchen Lab 4 kids
will involve students, educators and parents in helping very young children (age 2-6) integrate knowledge across disciplines, connecting science to the real world
and to their own interests and goals. Specifically they will help them connect cooking to science, using ludic approaches to help them see food as an object of investigation.
Kitchen Lab 4 kids is also aimed at making children aware of dangers in the kitchen that, according to experts, can be considered the most dangerous room in the house. We will also make children aware of the importance of consuming safe and edible food. The idea of a laboratory based on food and on food transformation procedures
is aimed at enhancing active learning using multisensory, multidisciplinary and hands-on approaches, fostering critical thinking skills by addressing cultural and environmental context in teaching science through kitchen.
The project is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
. Kitchen Lab 4 kids is coordinated by Akademia Ignatianum w Krakowie
and involves four partners Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta, Universidad Internacional de Cataluña
and Dublin City University
. The project started on August 2018 and will end on August 2021.
Further information at www.kitchenlab4kids.eu