Topic/Area: DIY science, citizen science for kids

Date released: 2020

Type of Best Practices

  • PD/ Training Programme
  • Toolkit
  • Online Tools, Applications or Platform
  • Reports
  • Handbook/ Guidelines
  • Self-Assessment Test
  • Other, Community Art Project

Partners / network

Waag Society, Cinekid, RIVM, the Netherlands

Description of the methods/ approach

How clean is the air you breathe? Is swimming water the same as drinking water? How many microbes live in the soil beneath your feet? And what does it all mean? HOW DOES IT WORK? Choose your topic MAKE YOUR METER and get going in your own neighbourhood.


With Smart Kids Lab children can explore water, sound, air, earth and light with homemade measuring instruments. It enables children to map out and interpret their immediate environment at home and at school by means of experiments with the homemade sensors. In this way they playfully come into contact with the possibilities of technology and science.

Evaluation (results) of its effectiveness (if applicable)


Overview of the lessons learned which are relevant to the project


References/online sources

Smart Kids Lab has been developed in collaboration with Cinekid and RIVM and has been realized with contributions from the Foundation for Culture and Education and the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the EU. The project is part of a European programme MAKING SENSE

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