Background Stories & Interviews

There are plenty of people around the world with the courage to try something new and turn ideas for a better future into reality. Here you’ll hear from our project cooperation partners, network members, and participants in addition to experts in fields that motivate us and make a difference in society.

Interview | Education | 11. November 2017
Making progress together
In November 2017, the foundations “Haus der kleinen Forscher” (Little Scientists’ House) and Siemens Stiftung brought together more than 100 experts from 28 countries on the "International Dialogue on STEM" in Berlin to discuss the opportunities and challenges of STEM education worldwide. Uchenna Udeani, Professor of Science Education at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and Hugo Flores, Director of the Center for Pre-university Education at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru, explain why their countries’ futures begin with small children.
Interview | Education | 23. October 2017
At the Gymnasium Frechen high school near Cologne, two physics teachers meet with young refugees once a week as part of the “MINTogether” project. Together, they investigate the world of science and technology. The goal? To provide youngsters with a sense of achievement.
Interview | Culture | 19. October 2017
The art of stepping back
"Local leaders keeping the beat" – Nathalie von Siemens explains how the Siemens Stiftung has built up the music information platform Music In Africa, supported it and what plans there are for the future.
Interview | Culture | 19. June 2017
Art changes through experience
Joachim Gerstmeier, project lead on the theater academies, explains how artistic collaboration in Latin America leads to new ideas that steer diverging social perspectives back toward each other.
Interview | Education | 6. June 2016
Learning, living and feeling values
The teaching of values in STEM courses develops characteristics that enable people to become responsible, socially responsible individuals. In the following interview, Professor Dr. Heinz Mandl discusses how values can be successfully nurtured.
Interview | Culture | 28. October 2015
Performing a reimagined society
The international academy for the performing arts EXPERIMENTA SUR in Colombia focuses on theater in times of societal upheaval. Theater director Akira Takayama and author Natasha Tiniacos report.
Interview | Education | 10. August 2015
The way to a OER platform
Siemens Stiftung is supporting the school of the future with educational materials with open licenses (OER) through its Media Portal. Where does the academic community stand on this issue? An interview with Prof. Michael Kerres and Richard Heinen from Universität Duisburg-Essen.
Interview | Education | 4. May 2015
How education can succeed
A lesson is “good” when the students understood the materials, when they are excited, and when they can transfer the lessons to their day-to-day experiences and create a connection to their lives. Educational researcher Manfred Prenzel talks about successful learning.
Hintergrundbericht | Education | 19. January 2015
The man with science in his suitcase
Dieter Arnold instructs teachers around the world the principle of research-based learning. With creative ideas from the Experimento program, he encourages to break up traditional teaching methods, but also to look at the regional characteristics.
Hintergrundbericht | Education | 8. December 2014
Scientific Learning – traditionally and for the future
On a journey to Experimento in South Africa with Nathalie von Siemens: Since 2011 Siemens Stiftung along with many partners is implementing the international STEM education program there. Meanwhile about 270 teachers and more than 20,000 pupils are working with Experimento.
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