Quality education is a global prerequisite for individual development and participation in society. In a technology-driven world, understanding scientific and technological interrelationships is paramount for responsible societal involvement. That is why we are actively involved in forums and associations advocating for stronger science and technology education. Our international education program, Experimento, provides educators with practical training and continuing education opportunities as well as high-quality teaching and learning materials. The training and materials help educators craft a modern science and technology education that is based on discovery-based learning. The educational materials are freely available on our Media Portal in digital form to provide all pupils with equal support. Our engagement bundles discovery-based learning with value-building activities, helping to shape a socially oriented, strong character.
International project work
As a hands-on foundation, we develop internationally oriented approaches and educational programs together with our partners. The focus is on Germany as well as on African and Latin American countries.
Engagement in initiatives
We are also involved in initiatives that work for high-quality STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) all the way along the educational chain.
The Bildungspakt Bayern (Bavarian Education Pact) is a foundation that supports schools on their path to becoming learning organizations. As a public private partnership, it effectively acts as the “experimental development department” of the Bavarian Education Ministry. The foundation’s partners contribute ideas, financial resources and personnel to major school development projects of significance across Bavaria.
Dr. Barbara Filtzinger, Head of Education, is a member of the Board of Trustees. Siemens Stiftung is also a supporter of the three-year Horizontec project, which developed learning modules for intermediate secondary school levels based on future-oriented, real-world topics, primarily in science and technology.
Foro STEAM in Peru promotes lifelong learning at all educational levels. It supplements the traditional STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with arts. The aim is to help people combine sound knowledge with innovation and creativity both at school and in everyday life. The country’s most important educational institutions participate in the STEAM Forum.
Siemens Stiftung is one of the founding members along with Instituto Apoyo, TUM School of Education of Germany, Universidad Ruiz de Montoya, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and Universidad Cayetano Heredia.
Forum Bildung Digitalisierung (Education and Digitalization Forum) is a platform for politics, academia, business and society. It brings together public discussion on digitalization processes in education and aims to contribute to an effective strategy for the German education system. Its goal is to promote greater participation and equal opportunities.
The forum is a joint initiative of the Deutsche Telekom Foundation, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Siemens Stiftung. It is sponsored by Stiftung Mercator. Other partners are welcome to take part as well.
The "Little Scientists’ House" foundation (Haus der kleinen Forscher) has been working since 2006 to improve children’s science, mathematics and technology education in day care centers and elementary schools. A Germany-wide advanced training program helps educational experts to promote children’s spirit of discovery and supervise their experiments. Siemens Stiftung is a founding member of the initiative along with the Helmholtz Association and the Dietmar Hopp Stiftung. It is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Deutsche Telekom Foundation. Barbara Filtzinger, Head of the Education working area, is a member of the Board of Trustees.
More about the Little Scientists’ House
Little Scientists’ House website (German)
The Association of Math and Science Excellence Centers in Schools (MINT-EC) is an initiative to promote mathematics and science in secondary schools and train young STEM professionals in Germany. Schools in the MINT-EC network offer diverse opportunities for pupils, teachers and school administrators. The application process to join the MINT-EC network is unique in Germany. It appraises the quality and quantity of schools’ STEM provision and applies the highest standards.
Siemens Stiftung is on the jury to select MINT-EC schools and works with the association in selecting Experimento Centers. Angela Clerc, project manager in the Education working area, is a member of the Managing Board.
Verein zur MINT-Talentförderung e.V. is a Germany-wide alliance of individuals, institutions and corporations, whose aim is to provide consistent, goal-oriented support for schools’ most talented pupils in STEM subjects. It establishes, certifies and supports STEM excellence programs in residential schools in Germany and organizes the scouting of students. The association’s program is named plus-MINT. Its goal is to encourage especially talented students in STEM subjects, irrespective of their social background or nationality.
Siemens Stiftung is a member of the association and sponsors the plus-MINT program.
The National MINT Forum is an association of organizations active across Germany for the promotion of education in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). It supports the initiatives of the members and encourages joint activities. Working groups make recommendations on education policy, establish joint standards and develop common goals on specific topics relevant to STEM education.
Dr. Nathalie von Siemens, Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung, is the forum’s spokesperson together with Thomas Sattelberger. We are also involved in the forum’s “Teacher training and professional development” and “Quality” working groups. Dr. Barbara Filtzinger, Head of Education, leads the “Holistic education” working group.
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The “Knowledge Factory” (Wissensfabrik – Unternehmen für Deutschland e.V.) is an open platform for businesses, educational institutions and initiatives. It is designed to prepare the young generation for the challenges of the information age. More than 100 German corporations and corporate foundations currently participate in the network, promoting education and entrepreneurship in Germany. Wissensfabrik is involved in some 2,500 educational partnerships to promote science, technology and business.
Siemens Stiftung has concluded numerous educational partnerships with elementary schools over the last seven years as part of Wissensfabrik. Dr. Nathalie von Siemens, Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung, is a member of the Wissensfabrik steering committee. Dr. Barbara Filtzinger is a member of the Managing Board.
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