Kide Science is a Finnish pedagogical STEAM learning innovation that provides for preschool and afterschool educators top quality and scalable curriculum materials online to implement early science education in a playful way. Kide Science's pedagogy is grounded on rigorous scientific research by the founder PhD Jenni Vartiainen.
When children do science with the Kide curriculum, they feel like they're playing and enjoying themselves, while in fact, they are building highly important skills needed in the scientific process and thinking. For educators, Kide Science is an easy plug-and-play method to ensure that their pupils will gain the skills needed in the future. The online platform for educators is complemented with training, lesson plans, peer support and engagement for families but the scientific outcome happens in live lessons with children.
Kide Science provides clear and relevant STEAM learning outcomes and it's easy to follow what has been learned both during the science academy and with the application.
Digital science academy provides engaging videos and instruction to do the STEAM activities at homes.
Children are in a highly active role as they get to work as scientists and do the science experiments together with professional instructors.
Kide Science has an engaging background story which motivates children and gives a reason and frame for the experiments.
The pedagogical analysis covers how the product supports learning of the identified skills. The student’s role is assessed by four contrary pair parameters, which are selected to cover the most essential aspects on the use of the product.
The following are the high educational quality aspects in this product.
The supported learning goals are identified by matching the product with several relevant curricula descriptions on this subject area. The soft skills are definitions of learning goals most relevant for the 21st century. They are formed by taking a reference from different definitions of 21st century skills and Finnish curriculum.