About the program


Introduction and Objectives

Cool Science in Lausanne Experiments program will nurture the natural curiosity of children and introduce them to scientific thinking by making them appreciate the observation of phenomena around them, formulate hypotheses, experiment and think about the results they see. Threfore, the scientific activities are presented in a amusing way and in a relaxed classroom environment is to encourage children's interest in learning and their participation.

Children are naturally curious and passionate about learning and wired up to question about what they see and to experiment on it. This explains why when an adult says to a child that the stove is hot, it is very likely that he will want to touch it, to experience what  heat is and how it feels like. This behavior indicates that young children engage in scientific learning long before they start school. 

In conclusion, Cool Science will promote the cognitive development of children, but this is not the only goal of our pedagogy, it is that children may learn while having fun! 



Pedagogy and Methodology


Cool Science is based on active learning pedagogy, following a practical approach centered on manipulation and experimentation. It aims to encourage young children to investigate their world through science, giving them the opportunity to explore questions such as why or why icebergs float the balloons fly, allowing them to discover the answers themselves by experimentation.

Children will be grouped into classes according to their age: 4-6 years, 6-8 years and 8-11 years. The themes presented to the various groups will, as far as possible, be the same but adaptedto their age. In addition, the number of students in class is limited to 6; kids work individually or in teams of two, to encourage everyone's participation and better understanding of the phenomena. 

The course focuses on the child so that he is always stimulated and on the task at their own level and pace.


Scientific themes

A set of themes covers a wide selection of various scientific experiments, associated with different fields of natural sciences: chemistry, physics and biology. 

Please find below some examples of the themes already worked in class :

  • Air and Atmosphere 
  • The water cycle
  • Rocks and Minerals: Crystallization
  • The various states of matter: solid, liquid and gaseous
  • Trees and plants: Capillarity
  • Mushrooms: Breathing 
  • The insects
  • Acid-base chemical reactions
  • Precipitation reactions of proteins and DNA
  • Molecular cooking: Spherification
  • Sound propagation
  • Static electricity
  • Electromagnetism 
  • Density and floating
  • Food: iron, calcium, gluten, sugar 
  • and many others ...

For more information, please contact Maria.