Press releases | Education, Culture 20.05.2010

Siemens Stiftung extends its Media Portal to include Teaching Materials on Art and Culture

Making art and culture come alive and accessible thereby arousing on-going interest amongst pupils requires exciting concepts. The kiss – Culture in Schools and Universities initiative of the Siemens Stiftung offers teaching staff stimulus, ideas and impulses for promoting the appreciation of contemporary art in the classroom. This material previously only available in printed form will henceforth also be available in digital form for download at the Siemens Stiftung media portal. The online database offers teaching staff comprehensive teaching material for download free of charge.

The aim of the "kiss – Culture in Schools and Universities" initiative that arose as part of the Siemens Arts Program (now part of the Siemens Stiftung) is to promote the appreciation of contemporary art and culture in schools and support teacher training. Every year project stipends are granted to students of art and music education. Through lively exchange with renowned artists, composers, architects and directors teaching units tried and tested in the classroom are developed and documented in publications. When compiling the teaching units the stipend recipients receive didactical support from experienced educators at several workshops. The published teaching material is intended to prompt emulation and is made available to interested teaching staff free of charge.

Those kiss teaching materials already appearing will henceforth also be available for free download on the media portal of the Siemens Stiftung offering educators varied concepts for lesson planning in the field of cultural education. The six media packages, some of which were developed in collaboration with Germany’s art education association BDK e.V. Fachverband für Kunstpädagogik, are each devoted to specific focal themes for schools like modern architecture, theater, New Music, film, video, photography or art and current media culture. Pedagogically and didactically prepared the media can be used in lessons in secondary schools across all age groups without restricting teaching staff in the classroom. “Appreciation of contemporary art in schools also helps involve pupils in topical social issues. This means the materials in our kiss initiative constitute a useful addition to the media portal of the Siemens Stiftung which, with its varied themes, represents a force field between society, technology and culture,” explains Dr. Beate Hentschel, kiss Project Manager at the Siemens Stiftung.

The kiss teaching materials are in German and are available free of charge for download from the media portal as individual media or as complete media packages.

The Media Portal of the Siemens Stiftung

The media portal of the Siemens Stiftung currently comprises some 2,000 teaching materials on natural science themes like energy, water, hearing or light. In addition to technical content the media also cover social and cultural aspects and indicate points of contact with various other subjects. In the media portal individual media like graphs, worksheets or audio files as well as thematically grouped media packages are available in German, English and Spanish. The material focuses on key facts about the latest technologies, current developments and trends and conveys basic knowledge. All media are accessible via a German and English user interface so that teaching staff worldwide can benefit from the range of materials on offer.

After simple registration, with just a few mouse clicks teaching staff can carry out targeted searches for key words or pedagogical/didactical criteria like teaching subjects, learning resource types as well as grade levels and download the media direct via a collection basket function. The rights to the media are licensed for free use in lessons.

For access to the media portal as well as further information go to:

The Siemens Stiftung was founded in September 2008 as a charitable foundation constituted under civil law, headquartered in Munich and endowed by Siemens AG with foundation capital of Euro 390m. The Foundation thereby continues the company’s over 160-year tradition of social commitment. The task of the Siemens Stiftung is to find answers to global social challenges, highlight opportunities and provide aid for self-help in emergencies. In line with the Foundation’s mission the focus of its activities are social commitment, education, technology as well as arts and culture. The Siemens Stiftung’s work is largely operational, i.e. it mainly initiates its own projects and implements these.