STEP 3: Await our feedback
Little Scientists reviews your application using the four established quality criteria. The four areas are weighted differently, with a strong emphasis on process quality. As part of this review Little Scientists will also provide you with comprehensive feedback.
- THE FOUNDATIONS = ORIENTATION QUALITY = 15%
Orientation quality describes what underpins the house: Is inquiry-based STEM learning part of the educational concept/philosophy? Are Little Scientists workshops being attended?
- THE FRAMEWORK = STRUCTURAL QUALITY = 30%
What does the “research space” in your service look like? What materials are available? How is scientific, mathematical or technical learning coordinated in your service?
- THE INTERNAL SPACE = PROCESS QUALITY = 40%
The process quality desribes the “How”: How is research conducted in your service? As the educator, how do you guide the children’s learning? We feel it is important that the children and adults build a learning community and evolve together.
- THE EXTERNAL SPACE = OPENING OUTWARD = 15%
This quality encompasses all the activities that bring outsiders into the everyday activities of your service. This can be the involvement of families, collaboration with institutions or businesses or visiting other places of learning.
STEP 4: Receive a Little Scientists House plaque and our certificate
If your application meets the quality criteria and is approved by the Little Scientists, your education and care service is awarded Little Scientists House for the following two (2) years. You will receive a plaque and a certificate.
You are then officially certified as a Little Scientists House and can publicly share your success with the children, parents, your relevant network, cooperating partners and other supporters. The plaque can be placed in a visible location to demonstrate the commitment of your service to STEM education to the outside world.