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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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  • The educational program Experimento has been implemented in Peru since the 2013 school year, starting with Experimento I 4+.
    The educational program Experimento has been implemented in Peru since the 2013 school year, starting with Experimento I 4+.
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  • In Chilca, which is located near the capital Lima, third and fourth grade students learn about scientific experiments.
    In Chilca, which is located near the capital Lima, third and fourth grade students learn about scientific experiments.
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  • Nathalie von Siemens visited school N ° 20960 - Las Salinas and experimented together with the children.
    Nathalie von Siemens visited school N ° 20960 - Las Salinas and experimented together with the children.
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  • The teacher Teodomira Blas explains to her students how air gets into the body …
    The teacher Teodomira Blas explains to her students how air gets into the body …
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  • … before they conduct the experiment themselves.
    … before they conduct the experiment themselves.
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  • Using simple means, other exciting experiments with air can be performed.
    Using simple means, other exciting experiments with air can be performed.
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  • Feeling and experiencing, imagination and creativity, cooperation and communication are the starting point in the scientific and technical learning process with Experimento.
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  • In Peru, Siemens Stiftung cooperates with the educational institution Instituto Apoyo. Opportunities for exchange between the partners are always more than welcome.
    In Peru, Siemens Stiftung cooperates with the educational institution Instituto APOYO. Opportunities for exchange between the partners are always more than welcome.
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  • Experimento Peru, Siesti
    Qualified teachers are a key goal in Peru’s reform process. Training programs at the Instituto Pedagogico Nacional Monterrico play an important role in achieving this goal.
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Digitalization, technological developments, climate change: The challenges of the present and the future are transforming teaching and learning needs in Peru, as in other countries, in the face of once central question: how to successfully prepare the young population for the future. 

The Peruvian government’s strategy is to promote science and technology all the way along the educational chain. Siemens Stiftung has been supporting this approach since 2012 with a specially adapted version of the international educational program Experimento. With this support, we are contributing to high-quality training and continuing education of teachers to promote contemporary, co-constructive STEM teaching, and are reinforcing discovery-based, value-building learning. The Peruvian education ministry has stipulated this method as an official requirement for teaching practice and supports it accordingly through specific further education and training for teachers.

Shaping successful education together

We work locally with the Instituto APOYO and the Universidad Cayetano Heredia. These renowned institutions play an innovative role in the Peruvian education system with their school and extracurricular STEM programs “Cienca para todos-Experimento” (“Science for everyone – Experimento”) and “Diviertete y aprende” (“Have fun and learn”). Instituto APOYO has adapted Experimento for the national curriculum at the elementary school level. Since 2013, it has been providing further training for teachers in the Piura region in northern Peru, as well as for educators in the central Gran Lima area and in the south of the country. Universidad Cayetano Heredia trains prospective teachers as part of their university education. It offers creative STEM workshops on diverse topics for children and young people, primarily outside of school. 

Our shared goal is to improve the quality of teaching in state schools, incorporating modern forms of teaching with contemporary content. Our focus is on STEM education that empowers children and young people to think and act responsibly and that thereby provides for the sustainable development of the country and its multi-ethnic society. Dialogue with indigenous cultures enables their traditional knowledge to be incorporated into the program and explored in various national contexts.

  • Nathalie von Siemens visits Instituto APOYO in Peru.

STEAM: Learning with all the senses

Integrating creative, cultural and artistic aspects into STEM teaching builds bridges to other disciplines, revealing the holistic, imaginative nature of science and technology. Above all, however, STEAM education activates “learning with all the senses,” encouraging invention and imagination. Young people build the knowledge and skills they need for decisions in everyday life, for solving problems large and small and for further learning. Universidad Cayetano Heredia’s “Diviertete y aprende” (“Have fun and learn”) program, for example, uses creative and artistic elements in science and technology education, such as building musical instruments from recycled materials. Students examine possible changes in the materials using microscopes, create sounds and study short pieces of music. Cooking with autochthonous ingredients as part of teaching and learning in chemistry is another good example of how cultural elements can be built into science and technology education. STEAM education is gaining popularity in Peru and is firmly embedded in education policy through the “Programa nacional para la popularizacion de la cienca, tecnologia e innovacion” (“National program for the popularization of science, technology and innovation”) agreed in 2016.

Growing network and alliance

In order to reinforce science and technology education not only on the ground but also at the institutional level, Siemens Stiftung works with Peru’s national STEAM Forum, which it co-founded in 2014. Initiated and coordinated by our partner institution, Instituto APOYO, this alliance is based on the model of the National STEM Forum in Germany and regards itself as a “think-and-do tank.” The 20 representatives from civil society, business and science have set out to improve STEM education in Peru through greater cooperation.  Growing, effective alliances are developing between committed STEM players both within Peru and across national borders. For example, there are partnerships and collaborations with institutions in the Pacific Alliance countries: Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru.

The work of the STEAM Forum Peru is making an important contribution to the country’s development. By taking a shared approach, stakeholders from the public and private sectors and from civil society are building trust, unleashing synergy effects and changing awareness – even at the political level. This is exemplified by the decisions of the governor of the Tacna region in southern Peru and of the mayor of Miraflores, one of Lima’s most famous districts, both of whom have declared the areas under their jurisdiction as STEM territories. This move has clearly highlighted the importance of STEM and opened up new opportunities for the future.

  • Strengthening education together: Ulrike Wahl talks about the work of Foro STEAM. (Spanish)