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Press releases | Education 28.07.2010
Siemens Stiftung supports early science education: donation of 50 experiment kits for CONCORDIA children’s homes in Romania
The Siemens Stiftung is donating 50 experiment kits for CONCORDIA children’s homes in Romania. The initiative got underway today: Angela Clerc from the Siemens Stiftung presented the first kit to the children’s home in Aricestii, Ciprian Apatrei from CONCORDIA in attendance. The so-called Discovery Box is filled to the brim with materials and instructions for performing experiments that playfully introduce children to natural phenomena. With this donation, the Siemens Stiftung is expanding its commitment to early science education to Southeast Europe.
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. 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 CONCORDIA children’s home in Aricestii was chosen to receive the first box.
Ruth Zenkert, head of CONCORDIA Romania, stressed out “that the boxes are a great present for our children in Romania. Our kids are highly interested to investigate and explore basic technological concepts and to get simple answers to some basic questions in technical or environmental areas. The concept of the Discovery Boxes is built up on the small children’s curiosity – and that works. We use the boxes in our homes as well as in specific children workshops.”
“The Siemens Stiftung is committed to improving educational opportunities worldwide”, says Angela Clerc, project manager at the Siemens Stiftung. “Our donation of experiment kits means that children in Romania will now have access to learning materials with which they can discover and foster young scientific talent from an early age.”
“Siemens Romania is proud to support such an exciting educational project. We are very glad that Romania was included in Siemens Stiftung’s plans to promote education and science in CEE and we are convinced that this first partnership with CONCORDIA Romania will enrich the education of children with diverse backgrounds”, Cristian Secosan, CEO Siemens S.R.L. emphasized.
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.The foundation already 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, 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 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.
CONCORDIA is an association in Romania, where street children as well as children from impoverished families get the opportunity to grow up in a safe environment. Currently more than 300 kids live in more than 30 different families and houses of CONCORDIA – a kindergarden and the CONCORDIA school ensure, that they once can leave the association and build up independently a new life.