Henkel, a global supplier of adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings, has announced the opening of its branded Henkel Researchers’ World classroom in North America. Henkel Researchers’ World introduces children to the concepts of sustainability, consumption, recycling, materials science, and more.
The classroom sits within the newly opened Whittingham Discovery Center, a state-of-the-art visitor and environmental education center at Mill River Park in Stamford, CT. It features science lab equipment and workstations customized for up to 20 elementary-school-aged children and Researchers’ World imagery throughout.
As an extension of the classroom, there is also a Henkel Researchers’ World Discovery Cart, available on weekends throughout the park. The Discovery Cart, a mobile unit run by high-school and college-age docents who are trained to deliver the Researchers’ World curriculum, will offer interactive lessons to children.
“We’re passionate about growing Henkel Researchers’ World in North America, to help reach the next generation of scientists, and spark their curiosity around STEM-learning,” said Jennifer Schiavone, VP, Corporate Communications, Americas. “This new classroom provides a significant opportunity for us to reach and inspire a large number of children in the local community. We look forward to reaching more students across North America as we continue to expand this program and help to address the STEM education gap.”
This new classroom is part of Henkel’s signature education initiative Henkel Researchers’ World, launched in North America in spring 2021. The lessons are specifically tailored to children ages 8 to 10 and take a holistic approach toward teaching and learning by putting children in the role of an actual researcher. Since its inauguration at Henkel’s Düsseldorf headquarters in April 2011, more than 81,000 children around the world have taken part in Henkel’s Researchers’ World programs.
“We’re so pleased to include the Henkel Researchers’ World classroom within our new Whittingham Discovery Center,” said Kristia Janowski, director of Education and Sustainability, Mill River Park Collaborative. “The Center is going to take our educational programming to a whole new level, and Henkel Researchers’ World will be an important part of that effort.”