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Real-life science and technology instruction

The international educational program Experimento is currently active in eleven countries in Europe, Latin America, and Africa.

Educational requirements are different in every country and are strongly influenced by cultural factors. This is why local partners such as education ministries and universities are involved in all the countries. The cooperation with local educational partners helps meet the specific teaching and learning requirements of each country. 

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  • Experimento kick-off workshop in Santa Cruz, September 2017.
  • 67 teachers and professors from across Bolivia took part in the workshop.
  • The focus of the training is on the practical use of the program during lessons.

Beginning September 2017, Siemens Stiftung will offer Experimento training courses in Bolivia in cooperation with universities and educational institutions.  

Experimento is a practical concept that aims to meet precisely the goal established by the country in its educational agenda 2025: Learning for life, for making sense of the things and phenomena that surround us; learning, in order to understand and protect the environment, respect the “pachamama” (Madre Tierra), and contribute to the development of the community.

Learning for life   

The learning content of Experimento is being jointly adapted for the Bolivian educational system and developed in workshops together with the public and nationally active Universidad Pedagógica, the regional Pedagogic University, the Department Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Escuela Superior de Formación de Maestras y Maestros “Enrique Finot“ and the Santa Cruz German School. In doing so, the perspective of the model to provide a “socio-cooperative productive education“ (“Educación socio-comunitaria-productiva“) plays a key role. Experimento’s relevance to values and society ties directly into this idea.

The Experimento program started at the beginning of September with a six-day kick-off workshop. 67 teachers and professors from all areas of the country came together at the Santa Cruz German School to get acquainted with the content of the Experimento program and to gain new ideas for providing interesting and experiment-oriented STEM instruction. The focus of the workshop was the module for elementary school, Experimento 8+. The training sessions were conducted by an expert from Siemens Stiftung with professional support from the Colombian Universidad de Los Andes, which will support the program as an additional cooperation partner and expert.

Strong partners in education

Overall, there is already great interest in expanding the theme of the educational program from the Siemens Stiftung with a view to indigenous knowledge and geographic contexts of the country. The Universidad Pedagógica, nationally responsible for the continuing education of the 140,000 teachers in Bolivia, plans to gradually offer the program as a certified training measure for teachers in elementary and secondary schools and for instructors in preschools. In doing so, they face the challenge of carrying the program out into remote areas of the country. It is therefore planned to have regional teams of teachers and multipliers further trained as centers of competence and to distribute the knowledge to the country’s nine departments – this will be coordinated by the head office of the Universidad Pedagógica in Sucre.

A similar approach is planned for the regional pedagogical Escuela Normal “Enrique Finot“ at Santa Cruz: It wants to use Experimento for the training and continuing education of teacher candidates and public school teachers in Santa Cruz, the country’s largest region. In addition, the doors of the Santa Cruz German School are open for a fruitful exchange of educational practices.