Press releases | Education 05.02.2013

didacta 2013: Siemens Stiftung supports language and STEM education

Daily live presentations by teachers for teachers at the Siemens Stiftung booth “Promoting STEM and language – ensuring equal opportunities” – that is the theme of the Siemens Stiftung at didacta 2013 in Cologne. The foundation will be on hand in Hall 6, Booth C-062 from February 19 to 23 to present its educational projects in the areas of science and language. The focus is on supporting teachers. This year features the launch of the Experimento 8+ teacher training program and experimentation materials for primary schools. The Siemens Stiftung media portal offers new digital teaching materials for all class levels. KIKUS digital, a joint project of the Siemens Stiftung and the Center for Multilingualism in Early Childhood (Zentrum für kindliche Mehrsprachigkeit e.V.), provides support for German and English language instruction. Visitors to the booth have the opportunity to speak with teachers about the projects and watch live presentations with tips on how to use the content.

Broad STEM portfolio for education professionals
The Siemens Stiftung seeks to generate greater interest in science and technology among young students and keep this interest alive from kindergarten to graduation. The program was developed by educators and focuses on preschool, primary and secondary school teachers. With a diverse methodological approach and broad portfolio of classroom-ready materials, the foundation is helping to protect and improve the quality of education.

Experimento – an educational project with modules for preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools – seeks to illustrate scientific relationships through the principle of discovery-based learning. The project supports teachers with a diverse, curriculum-oriented selection of experiments relating to energy, the environment, and health. The primary project components are experimentation materials with instructions and a teacher training program. Experimento consists of three progressive modules that accompany students from preschool through secondary school. Experimento 4+ and Experimento 10+ are already in the pilot phase. The third module, Experimento 8+ for 8- to 12-year-olds, will be unveiled at didacta.

The media portal offers primary and secondary school teachers access to some 4,000 teaching materials at no cost. The media bring real-world themes to the classroom in the form of content packages for interactive whiteboards, worksheets, and videos on scientific, technical, social, and cultural topics. They can be presented using whiteboards, video projectors, or computers – or simply printed out. The Siemens Stiftung booth at didacta 2013 will feature new media such as worksheets for teaching science to non-native speakers and interactive whiteboard content on topics such as tropical rainforests, symmetry, and air.

Language learning software for interactive German and English instruction
Language comprehension and the ability to express oneself are the foundation for acquiring knowledge – including STEM education. KIKUS digital, a joint project of the Siemens Stiftung and the Center for Multilingualism in Early Childhood, is designed especially for teaching language with the help of computers and whiteboards. The language learning software uses KIKUS picture cards to help preschool and primary school teachers present vocabulary exercises, grammar, and linguistic patterns in a playful environment. Visit the booth for daily live presentations of both the German and English versions and other new features of KIKUS digital.

Presentations at the Siemens Stiftung booth (Hall 6, Booth C-062)

Experimento: Daily, 2–2:30 p.m.: presentation of selected experiments for primary and secondary schools on the subjects of energy and health.

Media portal: Daily, 10:30–11:00 a.m.: presentation of interactive whiteboard content for primary and secondary schools on the subjects of rainforests and air.

KIKUS digital: Daily, 3:30–4:00 p.m.: presentation of whiteboard exercises on vocabulary, grammar, and linguistic patterns for primary schools.

The presentation and live sessions are in German language.