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Press releases | Education 22.06.2011
Siemens Stiftung donates 200 experiment kits to kindergartens in Sofia
Today, Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Municipality, obtained 200 Discovery Boxes from the Siemens Stiftung. They were presented at the kindergarten 124 “Barborino” in Krasno Selo in the presence of eng. Boriana Manolova, CEO of Siemens Bulgaria, and His Excellence Mr. Matthias Hopfner, the Ambassador of the Republic of Germany in Bulgaria. With the donation the Siemens Stiftung is promoting the scientific education of the youngest students. All kindergartens in the capital will be provided with one of the boxes.
Each Discovery Box from the Siemens Stiftung contains 22 experiments suitable for children on the topics of energy, electricity, the environment and health. The goal is to inspire children's interest in natural sciences and technology at an early age to provide greater equality of opportunity within society and to ensure the region's future through technically well-trained workers. No surprise, that the imagination of the children in Krasno Selo ran wild as they opend the box handed-over and made four experiments, assisted by Mrs. Emilia Leshtarova.
The Mayor of Sofia was very pleased that the Siemens Stiftung and the Siemens company are aware of the importance of investing in young generations. “I am very grateful for this donation.” said Mrs. Fandakova.
"The Siemens Stiftung is committed to improving educational and developmental opportunities worldwide. With the Discovery Boxes, the preschool children in Sofia get learning materials that they can playfully experiment with and in the process develop their scientific talent early-on," explained Ulrike Wahl, Chief Operating Officer of the Siemens Stiftung. Children are curious and fascinated by the world around them. They want to know what is behind scientific phenomena and how they can be explained. The experiments from the Discovery Box feed this thirst for knowledge.
“We strive to support the modern education process with different projects and programs from all levels – in both high schools and universities, but also in kindergartens. We know it is very important to provoke curiosity and interest in science amongst children while they are still very small," said eng. Boriana Manolova, the CEO of Siemens Bulgaria.
In Southeast Europe, the Siemens Stiftung donated a total of 900 Discovery Boxes to kindergartens and preschools in Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Romania.
About the Discovery Box
The Discovery Box is really two stout wooden boxes, brim full with practically all the materials, equipment and paraphernalia that children and their teachers need to conduct 22 scientific experiments in the areas of energy, electricity, the environment and health. It contains, for example, light bulbs, electric motors, batteries, thermometers, large diagrams of the human body and perforated beakers for reconstructing small-scale water treatment plants. With this experiment kit the Siemens Stiftung also likes to provide preschool teachers with additional materials and know-how. Therefore, instruction aids for teachers are included in the form of a DVD, a fold-out booklet and topic cards in different languages.
The Discovery Box not only introduces preschool children to the natural sciences. Grouping the different materials and performing and describing the various experiments also enhance the children’s fine motor skills, linguistic abilities and cognitive faculties.
Who has developed the Discovery Box?
The Discovery Box was developed by Science-Lab, Germany, a pioneer in science education for young children. The boxes are built and assembled in a Caritas sheltered workshop in Germany.
Who gets the Discovery Box?
The Discovery Box is being used worldwide within closely defined regional projects on a larger scale usually together with other non-profit institutions. It is not meant for sale or for the use by individuals.
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 Germany/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 helps reflect cultural identities and arts. The over-arching 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, France, Colombia and the United States.