Press releases | Education 14.10.2009

The media portal of the Siemens Stiftung now also available in English

Around 480 English media files on the topics of energy, water and hearing – English user interface – Easy-to-use search functions and free downloads

The media portal of the Siemens Stiftung now also offers teaching materialson scientific topics in English. About 480 media files are currently availablefor free downloading. In addition, the English user interface also enablesteachers who do not speak German to easily find these media files. Thus,the Siemens Stiftung has expanded its media portal, which has alreadygained a solid reputation among German-speaking teachers, by addingmaterials for bilingual and non-German teaching.

The media portal of the Siemens Stiftung now also offers an English user interfaceand contents in English. In addition to more than 1,000 German media files,teachers can now also access around 480 media files in English on the topics ofenergy, water and hearing. The current materials for lesson preparation andlesson structure cover useful and valuable information on the latest technologiesas well as recent developments and trends, and convey basic fundamentals ofscience. The portal includes both single media such as interactive graphics,animations, videos, audio files, and information sheets, as well as thematicallygrouped media packages.

Just a few clicks away

Both the English and German user interface offer the same convenient features: After completing a simple registration process, teachers can carry out highlytargeted searches for appropriate material and download it with just a few clicks.Searches are possible by keyword or using pedagogical-didactical criteriaincluding subjects, learning resource types and grade levels.In this way, teachers receive precisely the media they desire, tailored to theirrequirements. The rights to the materials are licensed for free use in lessons.

Future outlookSince its launch in May 2009, the German version of the media portal of theSiemens Stiftung has recorded more than 2,600 registrations and over 170,000downloads. Many teachers are already using the materials on topics as Einstein,energy, hearing, light and water in preparing and teaching their lessons. With theEnglish material, the Siemens Stiftung not only supports teachers abroad in theirwork, but also supplements bilingual lessons at German schools.

The media portal is updated and expanded on a regular basis. Current planningincludes the addition of further English media files as well as materials in Spanish.

Access to the media portal and more information is available at:

The Siemens Stiftung, located in Munich, was founded in September 2008 as anon-profit foundation and vested by Siemens with a capital of 390 million Euros. Thefoundation was set up to enhance the sustainability and visibility of the activities ofSiemens in the area of social responsibility, which has always been an integral part of the corporate culture since the early founding days more than 160 years ago. Themission of the Siemens Stiftung is to develop answers to social challengesworldwide, to identify opportunities and to provide long-term support in order to help people help themselves in emergency situations. The focus is on charitable giving, education, research and innovation as well as technology, culture and the fine arts.

The Siemens Stiftung primarily implements its own programs and cooperates innationwide and international projects. For more information visit