Young Explorers Club is a model education solution, developed in Poland by natural science teachers.
Copernicus Science Centre gives support to around 180 clubs in Poland and around 20 abroad: in Georgia (Tbilisi, Variani, Rustavi, Batumi and Osiauri), Russia (Krasnoyarsk and Petrozavodsk) and Belarus (Minsk, Zodino, Pinsk and Molodechno). The club hosts met at Copernicus Science Centre at the 1st YEC Forum in 2012. Since then, they’ve been using internet communities to exchange experiences and ideas for experiments. Together, they develop projects. The Forum was a chance for them to increase knowledge and didactical skills. Polish hosts in turn, learned about the conditions in which their eastern colleagues are working, got to know some of their working methods and ideas for experiments – often very groundbreaking and intriguing (e.g. In Rustavi each member has his or her own experiment box).
Copernicus Science Centre organizes trainings in YEC methodology for eastern partners and since 2012 invites existing clubs to annual YEC Forums. During first such meeting 18 hosts were accompanied by 15 children from Variani. Club members together with their Polish peers attended workshops and conducted experiments at Copernicus exhibitions.
A coordinator of clubs is being developed in Georgia. This role will be taken by our long-time partner, Ilia State University in Tbilisi.
The goal of YEC is to create a free space for experimenting, which will encourage independent thinking in youths. By conducting experiments, kids and teenagers not only gain knowledge, but also basic skills needed to function in modern world. Young Explorers Clubs use the most basic materials, cheap, recycled. Our experiments don’t need expensive, specialistic equipment. Club members can try these at home, in their backyard or among friends. Our scenario database, more information on the project and on creating a Club can be found at the following website: www.kmo.org.pl