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Experimento

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 Kolumbien, Siesti
    Experimento at the vocational school Institución Educativa Valle Jullos: Practical exercises prepare students for their future professional life.
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  • Experimento Kolumbien , Siesti
    Why is it like this and not like that? The primary school Poveda 2 also uses Experimento.
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  • Experimento Kolumbien, Siesti
    Conducting experiments together, discussing them in groups, understanding others and including everyone in the dialog – that helps overcome conflicts and promote harmony.
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While access to basic services and infrastructure are important for successful integration into society and a peaceful and stable future, education and income opportunities are absolutely crucial. With this in mind, Colombia’s government is pursuing a courageous and ambitious plan: making the country’s education system the best in Latin America by 2025. Siemens Stiftung international and the local Fundación Siemens Colombia are contributing to this goal with STEM education programs and related networking and committee work.

Medellín – Effective education on display

The city of Medellín provides an excellent example of how education engagement can make a difference. Medellín dedicates 40 percent of its budget for education investment, with a focus on science, technology, and innovation. With courage, creativity, and a strong will to change, representatives from education, research, business, and politics are committed to improving the science and technology abilities of young people. As part of its agenda, Medellín’s education authorities also focused on effective training for teachers.

For several years now, our Colombian “sister foundation” Siemens Fundación Colombia has been working closely with the city’s education officials. Within this collaboration, and with support from partners at Universidad de Los Andes, Medellín implemented the Siemens Stiftung international educational program Experimento in 2011. The university adapted Experimento for the national curriculum and developed custom training for teachers. Since then, professional development has continued, teachers have received support in shaping their lessons, and the didactic approach of experimental learning has been strengthened.

Commitment to sustainable development and peace

Experimento is now implemented at many schools in the city of Medellín and the department of Antioquia, from kindergarten through primary school and all the way to graduation. Teachers and school psychologists have observed a significant improvement in the relationships among pupils. Violence within families, bullying, and aggressive behavior at school were reduced with group work and discovery-based learning. Modern teaching methods in science and technology can therefore provide a boost for social justice, stability, and economic progress.

Experimento is now implemented at many schools in the city of Medellín and the department of Antioquia, from kindergarten through primary school and all the way to graduation. Teachers and school psychologists have observed a significant improvement in the relationships among pupils. Violence within families, bullying, and aggressive behavior at school were reduced with group work and discovery-based learning. Modern teaching methods in science and technology can therefore provide a boost for social justice, stability, and economic progress.

Provoking new initiatives

With help from Fundación Siemens Colombia and other partners, we’ve helped develop STEM education in Colombia. Experimento has been implemented in the entire department of Antioquia since 2015 as part of an agreement with the department’s education authority. Officials there set up more than 80 “Parques Educativos.” These are community centers that provide various education opportunities, including Experimento, for the benefit of the population and schools. Teachers can borrow materials and exchange ideas on modern STEM education. Training sessions are coordinated at these centers, and there are plenty of networking opportunities. Experimento is also successively expanding to other regions of Colombia.

In collaboration with the Universidad de Los Andes, Fundación Siemens Colombia has taken elements of the Siemens Stiftung program and worked with local Siemens representatives in Medellín to provide hands-on lessons with electromechanic components as part of the Media Técnica in secondary schools. Students completing the Medellín Department of Education program are awarded the “Media Técnica” certificate, providing an easier path to university, launching a career, or starting our as an entrepreneur.

With help from Fundación Siemens Colombia and other partners, we’ve helped develop STEM education in Colombia. Experimento has been implemented in the entire department of Antioquia since 2015 as part of an agreement with the department’s education authority. Officials there set up more than 80 “Parques Educativos.” These are community centers that provide various education opportunities, including Experimento, for the benefit of the population and schools. Teachers can borrow materials and exchange ideas on modern STEM education. Training sessions are coordinated at these centers, and there are plenty of networking opportunities. Experimento is also successively expanding to other regions of Colombia.

In collaboration with the Universidad de Los Andes, Fundación Siemens Colombia has taken elements of the Siemens Stiftung program and worked with local Siemens representatives in Medellín to provide hands-on lessons with electromechanic components as part of the Media Técnica in secondary schools. Students completing the Medellín Department of Education program are awarded the “Media Técnica” certificate, providing an easier path to university, launching a career, or starting our as an entrepreneur.

Holistic education in the public interest

In 2017, Medellín began expanding its educational engagement strategy even further. The shifting focus from STEM education to STEM+H education has been officially adopted in a declaration of the city of Medellín, creating a link to the humanities. This additional step lists, in concrete terms, which elements of the city’s education agenda need to be addressed more intensely: these include the desire for education that goes beyond developing science and technology skills to include value-based lessons that contribute to a socially-oriented character and focus on the common good. Fundación Siemens Colombia and Siemens Stiftung strongly support this process.

In 2017, Medellín began expanding its educational engagement strategy even further. The shifting focus from STEM education to STEM+H education has been officially adopted in a declaration of the city of Medellín, creating a link to the humanities. This additional step lists, in concrete terms, which elements of the city’s education agenda need to be addressed more intensely: these include the desire for education that goes beyond developing science and technology skills to include value-based lessons that contribute to a socially-oriented character and focus on the common good. Fundación Siemens Colombia and Siemens Stiftung strongly support this process.

Working together and pooling resources

In addition to high-quality teacher training and contemporary lessons, good STEM education requires a diverse mix of strong partners from research, business, and society. In addition to operational work, Fundación Siemens Colombia and Siemens Stiftung also focus on strengthening ties between various stakeholders and promoting the development of STEM networks in Colombia.  The term “STEM Territories” (Territorios STEM, or STEAM) is beginning to take hold in Latin America. When it comes to close collaboration between stakeholders working with STEM for sustainable development, Medellín is a trend setter. Local institutions, companies, universities, and civil society representatives have been working together for years on creating a successful alliance for better education (particularly in STEM subjects) using contemporary, freely-available teaching and learning materials. Thanks to the close collaboration of these stakeholders, a continuous education policy for access, quality, and constantly-improving STEM education has become a calling card for the city. This is truly a turning point: Medellín was once known as one of the most violent cities in the world, but with help from all parts of society, has now managed to reduce violence and collectively achieve peaceful development. “Territorio STEM + H” is a declaration for a strategy developed collaboratively by a society and continuously applied in the interest of the common good.

In addition to high-quality teacher training and contemporary lessons, good STEM education requires a diverse mix of strong partners from research, business, and society. In addition to operational work, Fundación Siemens Colombia and Siemens Stiftung also focus on strengthening ties between various stakeholders and promoting the development of STEM networks in Colombia.  The term “STEM Territories” (Territorios STEM, or STEAM) is beginning to take hold in Latin America. When it comes to close collaboration between stakeholders working with STEM for sustainable development, Medellín is a trend setter. Local institutions, companies, universities, and civil society representatives have been working together for years on creating a successful alliance for better education (particularly in STEM subjects) using contemporary, freely-available teaching and learning materials. Thanks to the close collaboration of these stakeholders, a continuous education policy for access, quality, and constantly-improving STEM education has become a calling card for the city. This is truly a turning point: Medellín was once known as one of the most violent cities in the world, but with help from all parts of society, has now managed to reduce violence and collectively achieve peaceful development. “Territorio STEM + H” is a declaration for a strategy developed collaboratively by a society and continuously applied in the interest of the common good.