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Press releases | Education 21.04.2011
Siemens Stiftung donates 25 experiment kits to Croatian schools in the Vukovarsko-srijemska county
Today, 25 principals from the region of Vukovarsko-srijemska county received Discovery Boxes from the Siemens Stiftung. They were presented at the “Dragutina Tadijanovica” primary school in Vukovar in the presence of Mladen Fogec, CEO of Siemens Croatia, and Bozo Galic, the mayor of Vukovarsko-srijemska county. With donations totaling 200 experiment kits in Croatia, the Siemens Stiftung is promoting the scientific education of the youngest students. The initiative was launched in March with the handover of 50 Discovery Boxes to primary schools in Zagreb.
The regional Office for Education, Culture and Sport selected the 25 recipient schools in cooperation with the Siemens Regional Company. 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. The mayor of Vukovarsko-srijemska county was very pleased that the Siemens Stiftung and the Siemens company are aware of the importance of investing in young generations, as "education is the foundation for the advancement of every society."
"The Siemens Stiftung is committed to improving educational and developmental opportunities worldwide. With the Discovery Boxes, the primary schoolers in Vukovarsko-srijemska county 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.
“Social engagement and corporate responsibility are integral parts of the Siemens corporate culture. We are glad the donation will serve to better the curriculum of natural sciences and we believe it will encourage children to new research in the field of natural sciences. Young generations are our future and each of us is responsible for their development,” said Mladen Fogec, the CEO of Siemens Hrvatska.
In Southeast Europe, the Siemens Stiftung is donating 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.