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.
Reforming the education system is one of the major political challenges in Brazil. Alongside the promotion of reading and writing skills, a main aim is to accelerate the expansion of science and technology education. Individuals' skills and abilities in science and technology are decisive both to a country's economic wellbeing and people's opportunity to participate in society. However, progress is being hampered by a shortage of well-trained teachers and insufficient equipment in schools. With Experimento, Siemens Stiftung has developed an educational program that addresses precisely this problem. It offers advanced training for teachers and supports them with extensive experimentation materials for science teaching.
Experimento launched in Brazil in August 2015. The international educational program is being implemented locally by the corporate foundation Siemens Fundação Brasil in collaboration with the Visconde de Porto Seguro Foundation and Universidade Metodista de São Paulo.
The initial phase of the program is seeing the introduction of Experimento for the 4+ age group, using the tried-and-tested multiplier principle. In the first step, which has taken place over recent months, teaching staff at the Colégio Visconde de Porto Seguro and Universidade Metodista de São Paulo have been trained in the use of Experimento. Acting as multipliers, these teachers will then pass on their newly acquired expertise to partner schools in the surrounding area. In the long term, the goal is to involve a thousand teachers in the program within the first three years and introduce Experimento to the 8+ and 10+ age groups by 2017. Thanks to the broad geographic reach of the two main project partners, the multiplier principle can quickly expand the educational program to the country's state schools, too.