The role of science in the first cycle of education - particularly in kindergarten and primary school - has changed in the last two decades: science has played a fundamental role in the complete education of children, however, there are few projects that study how to improve the quality of science learning in early childhood education and, furthermore, how to prepare preschool educators and teachers to teach science in the early stages of development. Kitchen Lab 4 Kids will engage students, educators and parents in helping children (ages 2-6) integrate knowledge across science disciplines, connecting science to the real world and their own interests and goals. In particular, they will help them connect it to the kitchen, using playful approaches to help them see food as an object of investigation.
Kitchen Lab 4 Kids also aims to raise children's awareness of threats in the kitchen which, according to experts, can be considered the most dangerous room in the house. The project aims to make children aware of the importance of consuming safe and edible food. They will learn about food spoilage, shelf life, and methods of extending the life of specific food items. The idea of a laboratory based on food and food processing procedures is aimed at improving active learning using multisensory, multidisciplinary and practical approaches, promoting critical thinking skills by addressing the cultural and environmental context in teaching science through cooking.
The project, funded by the Erasmus + program of the European Union, is coordinated by Akademia Ignatianum w Krakowie and involves four partners:
Polytechnic Foundation of Milan
Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
Dublin City University
The project started in August 2018 and will end in August 2021.
The LUMSA’s University research group is composed of:
Prof. Maria Cinque (contact person for Italy), LUMSA University