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Press releases | Education 10.09.2014
Joint commitment to science education of children in Mexico
Siemens Stiftung and INNOVEC announce collaboration to promote international educational program Experimento in Mexico
- International educational program Experimento of Siemens Stiftung to spark Mexico’s students’ interest in science and technology.
- Siemens Stiftung and INNOVEC join efforts to reach a greater number of students and teachers at Mexican public schools.
- Nathalie von Siemens highlights the importance of science education in boosting social innovation and development processes.
- The announcement, as part of the 120th anniversary of Siemens in Mexico.
With the common objective of strengthening natural sciences education for children in Mexico, Siemens Stiftung has announced the partnership with Innovation in Science Education (INNOVEC), in order to assist in the implementation of the educational program Experimento at schools in Mexico. This was announced during the festivities to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Siemens in Mexico.
Experimento, the international educational program of Siemens Stiftung, which aims to arouse interest in natural sciences, is based on the principle of learning through inquiry and is already being implemented in nine countries in Latin America, Europe and Africa. In Mexico the program will be implemented with the financial and logistics support of Siemens and Siemens Stiftung.
INNOVEC will collaborate to implement Experimento in primary education classes with pupils from 8 years of age on. This adds to the work that INNOVEC has carried out in Mexico for more than twelve years to help improve the teaching of science in elementary public schools with the SEVIC program which is an inquiry based science education program that has broad support from the Ministry of Education and state governments.
The SEVIC program is already running in a dozen federal states, including the State of Mexico, Querétaro, Hidalgo, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and Veracruz.
The cooperation between Siemens Stiftung and INNOVEC started in July 2014. In the meantime, two experts of INNOVEC travelled to Chile to exchange experiences and transfer knowledge with Fundación Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica, both Siemens Stiftung partners on site. INNOVEC already has the teaching materials of Experimento program produced in Chile, that will be taken to schools and with which the training program for teachers will start.
“Education is the soil from which innovation can grow,” stressed Dr. Nathalie von Siemens, spokeswoman for the Siemens Stiftung Board of Directors, during the ceremony. “Hardly anyone would doubt the strategic importance of a high-quality education. However, taking measures in real life in order to change longstanding structures and assumptions relating to teaching and learning is a massive challenge. SEVIC and Experimento are concepts which are empowering teachers to translate from theory into practice of their daily lessons”.
Nathalie von Siemens went on to explain that Siemens Stiftung was founded as part of the great tradition of social responsibility at the company. It seeks not only to create technological innovation but also social innovation, which is essential to trigger local development processes in accordance with the new global reality.
Experimento was created for this purpose and comprises several inquiry and experimental activities that are taking place at public schools in different regions of the world. The students learn from an early age and study science based on real-life experience with materials and phenomena that enable them to understand topics such as renewable energy, sustainable development and healthcare.
Nathalie von Siemens specifically mentioned Mexican scientist Mario Molina, winner of the Nobel Prize and vice-president of INNOVEC´s board, as a global example of the impact of science in solving global problems such as climate change and his great contribution to achieving global agreement on reducing the production of CFCs, which are responsible for destroying the ozone layer.
Siemens Stiftung operates in the fields of basic services, education, and culture. As a hands-on foundation, we develop our own projects and implement them with a view to the long term. Together with our partners, we aim to help people improve their living conditions. By doing so, we try to empower functioning communities in which people can have a good life. We are committed to international, impact-oriented, and transparent project work. The geographical focus of our work is on regions in Africa and Latin America as well as on Germany and other European countries.
Is a non-profit organization that promotes in Mexico inquiry based science education through the SEVIC program, which helps elementary school students develop knowledge, skills and scientific attitudes. With the support of the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP), state governments, foundations and businesses, INNOVEC benefits more than 400,000 basic education students and more than 10 thousand teachers from 12 states of the country. Website: www.innovec.org.mx