Press releases | Education 20.09.2010

Siemens Stiftung supports early science education: donation of 100 experiment kits for kindergartens in Bucharest and Sibiu

The Siemens Stiftung is donating 100 experiment kits for kindergartens in Bucharest and Sibiu. On September 20, the initiative got underway in Bucharest: Ulrike Wahl from the Siemens Stiftung board of directors presented the first kit to the 203 Kindergarten, with Monica Anisie, Deputy Chief Inspector at ISMB (Scholar Inspectorate of Bucharest) in attendance. The Discovery Box contains materials and instructions for performing experiments that playfully introduce children to natural phenomena. With this donation, the Siemens Stiftung underlines once more its commitment to early science education in Southeast Europe.

The Siemens Stiftung’s Discovery Box stimulates children’s natural curiosity with 22 experiments that teach about energy, electricity, the environment and health. With support from the Siemens Regional Company in Romania, the 203 Kindergarten in Bucharest was selected for the hand-over event. All together Siemens Stiftung will donate 100 boxes for preschool facilities in Bucharest and Sibiu.

Ensuring early education by creating true working conditions in kindergartens is one of the priorities of the Scholar Inspectorate of Bucharest. We support those who invest in the pre-scholar system and help us tranform kindergartens in true education facilities. The Discovery Box project covers the need for practical didactical materials in kindergartens and we are happy that, from now on, we will be able to enrich the information received by the children in their most important educational development phase”, Monica Anisie, Deputy Chief Inspector at ISMB stated.

“With the donation in Sibiu we strengthen our global commitment to science education”, says Ulrike Wahl, executive director of the Siemens Stiftung. “Nuturing the next generation of scientists and technologists at its earliest age is fundamental for the future of Romania, especially taking into consideration the today’s scarcity of technically educated young talents.”

“We are happy that Romania was chosen to be part of Siemens Stiftung’s plans to promote science and education in CEE. Each school beginning is full of joy. For Siemens SRL was the joy of implementing this succesful project of the Siemens Stiftung also in Romania”, Cristian Secosan, CEO Siemens SRL stated.

Young children are very open-minded toward natural and technological phenomena. Every day, they discover new things that they yearn to test and investigate. The Discovery Box is already being used in preschools and kindergartens in some 30 countries. Building upon this experience around the world, the Siemens Stiftung is now expanding its commitment to early childhood education and donating 500 Discovery Boxes to kindergartens and preschools in Southeast Europe. In Romania, a total of 150 boxes will be given to educational institutions. The CONCORDIA Foundation in Romania has already received 50 of those boxes for its children homes. Furthermore, the foundation presented boxes to kindergartens and preschools in Slovenia and Hungary; donations in Bulgaria and Croatia are to follow.

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, he 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.

Playful learning
The Discovery Box not only introduces preschool children to the natural sciences. Grouping the different materials and performing and describing the various experiments also enhances 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 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.