Press releases | Education 11.12.2013

Werner von Siemens’ life and work newly presented in the Siemens Stiftung media portal

Werner von Siemens’ life and work newly presented in the Siemens Stiftung media portal
Werner von Siemens’ life and work newly presented in the Siemens Stiftung media portal

Werner von Siemens was born nearly 200 years ago on December 13, 1816. He is still relevant today – not only as an engineer and inventor whose innovations served as the basis for many technical applications in the 21st century, but also for his entrepreneurial thinking. For him, being market-driven and global were self-evident. Social responsibility was especially important to him, and with a company pension fund, he offered protection for his employees long before Bismarck’s social legislation. Significant milestones in the life of Werner von Siemens have now been rendered for use in schools – providing children and young people with a fine example for imagination, ingenuity and character building.

In the new, interactive whiteboard package “Werner von Siemens”, the Siemens Stiftung media portal shows just how current Werner von Siemens is and presents ways to make his innovations and global thinking relevant in today’s classrooms. The whiteboard package is aimed at chemistry, physics, and history teachers, is curriculum-focused and suited for interdisciplinary instruction via whiteboards or beamers. The whiteboard package, in addition to 4,500 other digital materials, is available free of charge for teachers to download at

Inventor of the dynamo and sympathizer of the March Revolution

The materials in the interactive whiteboard package allow content to be viewed from different perspectives. They can be used, for instance, to discuss questions such as “How does a dynamo function?” as well as the socio-political context of the March Revolution in 1848. The interactive whiteboard package offers a variety of materials including worksheets, films, and interactive exercises. References to the curriculum arise from topics such as electricity,energy, and inventiveness. How do earlier inventions impact our lives today? Why is the protection of intellectual property, with regard to progress, so important in the digital world? These are exciting questions for teachers and students to discuss. In his role as inventor, entrepreneur and supporter of education and science, Werner von Siemens can serve as a source of inspiration.

“Werner von Siemens once said of himself that his passion belongs to science but his life’s work lies in its technical application. His aim was to make science of practical use. Through his entrepreneurial courage, he made its practical benefits accessible to many and drove social progress,” said Nathalie von Siemens, Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung. “With the teaching materials in the media portal, we aim to inspire students to discover the natural sciences and technology. The example of Werner von Siemens should encourage them to believe in their ideas and realize them entrepreneurially.”


About the media portal

The Siemens Stiftung media portal helps education professionals and volunteers prepare and present a contemporary classroom experience. The portal currently features more than 4,500 media relating to science, technology, ecology, society, and culture. These include individual media such as interactive whiteboard files, graphics, experimentation instructions, and worksheets as well as thematically grouped media packages. The media are available for free download in English, German, and Spanish. The user interface is also available in these three languages. Visit the media portal at

About Siemens Stiftung

ENCOURAGE. empowering people. The Siemens Stiftung wants to empower people to actively address today’s social challenges. Together with partners, the foundation designs and implements local and international projects with the aim of promoting individual responsibility and self-initiative. The foundation is committed to enlarging basic services and social entrepreneurship, promoting education and strengthening culture. The Siemens Stiftung pursues an integrative approach and stands for responsible, impact-oriented and innovative project work.