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Press releases | Education 13.01.2011
Siemens Stiftung at didacta 2011: experiments for children and youths from preschool through secondary schoo
The Siemens Stiftung presents its broad portfolio of educational projects to a wide audience of education specialists at didacta, Europe’s largest education trade fair, from February 22 to 26, 2011. Visitors to Hall 1, Booth K82, can look forward to a diverse program of “experiments for big and small” that emphasizes the commitment to MINT education from preschool through secondary school. One highlight is the daily experimentation session focusing on the playful study of natural phenomena.
From 11 a.m. to noon each day, elementary school students will gather at the Siemens Stiftung booth to delve into why a candle runs out of air, how a balloon-powered rocket works and what happens when salt and sugar are heated. The materials used in the technical and scientific experiments come from the NaWi experimentation kits supplied by project partner Wissensfabrik – Unternehmen für Deutschland e.V.
Hands-on pilot project: exciting experiments for all age groups
At didacta, the Siemens Stiftung will present the first instruction guides from its new modular experimentation kits for children ages 4 to 18. The Siemens Stiftung is currently developing some 120 experiments relating to energy, health and the environment and preparing special accompanying materials and teacher seminars to accompany these kits. The three experimentation kits – one for preschools, one for elementary schools and one for secondary schools – and their experiments are coordinated in their content so that they accompany the young students throughout their entire school years.
New content for instructors: interactive charts on the media portal
Together with its educational partner LOKANDO AG, the Siemens Stiftung will present the latest additions to its media portal, which include interactive charts on energy, hearing, communication technology, light and water appropriate for use in MINT subjects in grades 6 and up. Also new are six motivational films – featuring experiments on topics such as the Tesla coil, the light spectrum or how a microwave oven works – that demonstrate how exciting and relevant the exploration of scientific issues can be. Instructors can easily integrate both the charts and the films into modern interactive teaching methods such as the whiteboard. The broad diversity of the media portal extends from text documents and photos to interactive graphics, animations and instructions for experiments. The media portal currently draws some 6,600 instructors to its collection of approximately 2,300 free teaching materials.
Greater opportunity through better MINT education
The international Siemens Stiftung promotes MINT education along the entire educational chain, supporting educators with experimentation kits, teacher seminars and free digital teaching materials. The aim is to spark children’s enthusiasm for science and technology at a young age and keep this enthusiasm alive through instruction that speaks to their real-life experiences. This broad support for science education also helps create more equal opportunity within society.
More information on other educational projects:
from the Siemens Stiftung Award to cultural education
Additional educational projects round off the didacta program:
- The Siemens Stiftung Award, a competition for the member schools of the MINT-EC association. The award is presented every two years to acknowledge the best ideas within the realm of MINT instruction. MINT-EC e.V. is a Siemens Stiftung partner and will also be co-exhibiting.
- The annual student competition in math, science and technology, which enters its final round in March 2011. This year’s theme is “Using resources intelligently – working today to conserve for tomorrow.”
- The touring exhibition “Computer worlds – From the abacus to bits & bytes.” Interested schools can apply to host the exhibition.
- The KIKUS language method for immigrant children. The Siemens Stiftung is helping the non-profit zkm to continue offering nationwide language courses for children and free training seminars for teachers using the method in 2011.
- The scholarship program “kiss – Culture in Schools and Universities,” which gives students of art education the opportunity to work on projects with renowned artists.
The Siemens Stiftung, a nonprofit foundation under German civil law, was founded in the fall of 2008 by Siemens AG. The foundation works with projects to strengthen civil society, particularly in Africa, Latin America and Europe. Its aim is to make a long-term contribution to reducing poverty and improving education. The foundation operates in three areas: It supports enlarging basic services and improving social structures; initiates educational projects; and contributes to strengthening cultural identity. The overarching principle for the foundation’s work is to help people help themselves. The Siemens Stiftung works in close cooperation with local and international partners as well as in alliance with the other Siemens foundations established by Siemens in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, and the United States.