Interview with Montserrat Pedreira, creator and pedagogical head of Lab 0_6, by Andrea Zazurca
Lab 0_6 is defined as “An educational space that offers boys and girls up to 6 years in age projects that get them to start thinking about science”.
The goal of the project is to encourage independent action, decision making and child independence through fascinating activities related to science, dedicated to our babies and children up to 6 years of age. At Little Champions we foster and support this initiative which is so similar to our cause.
I went to Manresa where I interviewed Montserrat Pedreira, teacher, Doctorate in Education and Bachelor
1. What is Lab 0-6? How was the idea born?
Lab 0-6 is defined as “The center of discovery, research
If you focus on the photo, it shows a diaphanous room that we’ve organized with different projects: a magnetic dartboard, a table with lights, mirrors, spinning tops, anticipating trajectory games,
The classroom is open to school groups during the week and family visits on Sunday.
2. Why is it aimed at children from 0 to 6 years old?
It is aimed at them because that age group is where we are experienced. Lab 0-6 is a creation of the Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Campus Manresa of the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia. Our job is to provide a good education to the future teachers of children, that is, to the professionals who will educate children up to 6 years of age. And one of the issues that we address during the training is how to encourage some characteristics that children have since birth: curiosity, the search for meaning, actions oriented towards understanding how the world works, the construction of theories, etc.
3. Who is behind this project?
Well, a university. And we understand this is the feature which clearly distinguishes us from other programs away from the classroom that
On the one hand, universities are exceptional spaces for the creation and transfer of knowledge. The Lab is a practical expression of the knowledge about children science that has been generated in our school’s program over the years.
On the other hand, the university has the obligation to train future teachers and do research. The Lab is a basic tool that helps us with training and research while at the same time functioning as a key tool to help us improve the training we offer and the research we can do.
4. What are the objectives of Lab 0_6?
5. Why aren’t the activities guided?
6. How do children react to these non-guided activities? And the parents?
We have very good evaluations from families, but they often ask us for a little more guidance on the meaning of each of the projects. It is an area which we are still assessing, but we are held back by the fear that if an adult reads what the intentionality of the proposal is on a piece of paper, they may “force” the child to do only what the directions say. And one of the values that we give to our projects is precisely that they are open and suitable to diverse initiatives for the children.
7. What has surprised you the most while observing children’s behavior in Lab 0-6?
8. What are the next steps of Lab 0_6?
Very good question, we have so much work in the day to day that we do not stop to think in the long-term … If I start dreaming, in the medium term I’d like to see the Lab become a center of reference for scientific education for young children. And that means many different things in very different areas: that researchers and teachers from all over the world visit us, that the Lab is a neuralgic point for the training of future teachers, that it leads to the revitalization of scientific education in central Catalonia and in the entire country, that it helps to improve the relationship between science and citizenship and promotes scientific careers, especially among girls, that the experience can be repeated in other parts of the territory, that the offer can be expanded to new activities and for other ages …
I have to say that we are lucky to have a young and powerful team that ensures quality and stability moving into the future. I mean, maybe we should not be dreaming but simply moving forward!
And I do not want to say goodbye without inviting everyone to visit us and without thanking you for your interest. Entrepreneurial initiatives, like yours or ours, never start easily. But innovative initiatives focused on promoting the autonomy of children from different angles are very necessary. We are very excited to see expressions of enthusiasm for scientific knowledge with slogans like “I want to be a quantum physicist” or similar ideas that promote child autonomy in your collections.
You can read more about the Lab 0_6 on their official website: http://www.umanresa.cat/en/lab-06