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Developing knowledge around the world
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.
Real-life science and technology instruction
Continuing science and technology education throughout all stages of people's life is a key social responsibility in Germany. If teaching on scientific and technological topics is to be appealing, practical and exciting, outstanding training of teachers and educators is essential.
In Germany, Siemens Stiftung has been supporting elementary school teachers with Experimento I 8+ and secondary school teachers with Experimento I 10+ since 2012. Special Experimento Centers are used to roll out and communicate the contents of the program. Qualified experts familiarize teachers with the concept, methods, and materials in training seminars at selected schools and are given a multitude of suggestions on how they can integrate Experimento into their teaching. Knowledge transfer then continues using the multiplier principle: teachers who have already implemented Experimento in practice pass on their experiences to nearby colleagues. The offering is aimed at all types of schools – in particular ones where there is a great need to promote STEM subjects and language development.
Individual experimental materials for Experimento | 4+, | 8+ and | 10+ can be purchased at the online shop of teaching material producer Arnulf Betzold GmbH under (www.betzold.de/experimento).
64 members of teaching staff at 32 schools in Germany were interviewed with questionnaires on the methodological and didactic quality of Experimento I 10 + in the summer of 2013. The evaluation aimed to find out whether teachers are satisfied with the concept, instructions, and materials provided for using Experimento in science and technology teaching, as well as what potential areas exist for improvement.
The results showed a high level of use for Experimento. 86 percent of the participating teachers use the educational program, mostly with a phased approach. The survey also revealed a high satisfaction level with the quality of the materials and the flexible, interdisciplinary opportunities provided by the instructions. Both aspects scored 100 percent satisfaction. The opportunity for individual lesson design was also received positively with a score of 92 percent. The easy handling of the experiments and good overall design received special praise.