40,000 children in five years have had a close look at science thanks to Lab 0-6 at UVic-UCC

Around 40,000 children have enjoyed the activities and ideas of the Lab 0-6 at UManresa, a centre that was inaugurated five years ago today with the objectives of extending science education to the youngest learners, undertaking research in this area, and training teachers interested in studying how to make science more accessible during the earliest stages of education. Over these five years, 22,000 children have been to the Lab 0-6 facilities in its school visits programme, another 3,692 have visited it with their families, and 14,050 have benefited from the Lab on Wheels mobile service, which brings its science and experimentation ideas to nursery schools. In addition to these figures, there are the children who have enjoyed parallel initiatives each year, including the summer campus and the Christmas campus, and those at the 32 schools that have participated in the 2x2 mobile Lab this year. The university has launched this project this year due to the CoViD-19 pandemic, and it consists of taking a smaller version of the Lab 0-6 to schools. 

Apart from making meaningful and high quality science and experimentation initiatives accessible to children, another of the areas of work of the Lab 0-6 over the past five years has been transferring knowledge to teachers and future teachers interested in bringing science into the classrooms of the first years of education. This includes the 3,069 students on the Vocational Training Programmes in Pre-School Teaching and students on the EHEA Degree in Pre-School Teaching who have visited the facilities to see how it works and its objectives, and the 3,055 teachers currently working who have participated in the various training activities organised by the team at the Lab 0-6. Other initiatives are also carried out within the field of knowledge transfer, such as the Experimentation Fair involving students on the Pre-School Teaching bachelor's degree course who test out their own ideas, the call for the Science and Children prize that encourages teachers to get involved in developing scientific ideas for the classroom, and the development of science boxes with ideas that are given to schools that request them, in partnership with the CESIRE (Centre for Specific Pedagogical Resources to Support Innovation and Educational Research).

Research has been another area in the work done by the Lab 0-6 over the past five years. This work includes the creation of the GRENEA - the Education, Neuroscience, Experimentation and Learning Research Group - and the launch this year of the Communities for Science (C4S) European project, which aims to make science accessible to all groups in society, especially the most disadvantaged, on an inclusive basis. 

The expertise of the professionals linked to the Lab 0-6 in the creation of spaces to foster interest in science among children has led various museums to ask for their help. As a result, the Science Nest, the 0-6 area of the Barcelona Museum of Natural Sciences and the Explora 0-6 area at the National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia in Terrassa have been designed by teachers from Lab 0-6.

Over these five years, the Lab 0-6 has worked with around fifteen organisations, companies, institutions and cultural centres, which are all committed to scientific and technological outreach. These partnerships have been reached with Manresa City Council, CESIRE, ICL Iberia, Fibracat, the Central Catalonia Geopark, the Obra Social la Caixa foundation, the Parc de la Séquia in Manresa, Bages Regional Council, the Valentí Massachs Geology Museum at the UPC, ParentSTEM, Erasmus, the Barcelona Museum of Natural Sciences, the Libraries of Manresa and the Manresa Technology Museum. 

 

40,000 children in five years have had a close look at science thanks to Lab 0-6 at UVic-UCC