Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

July 16, 2008

On July 28, the Siemens Foundation announced an exciting new partnership that will transform sustainability education in the United States with the unveiling of the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.

This collaboration brings together the power of Discovery Communications, the #1 nonfiction media company in the world, and the National Science Teacher Association, the world's largest and most respected organization of science teachers. The partnership will focus on educating and engaging students, teachers and communities in exploring solutions for a more "green" environment built on sustainability practices.

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge debuts in September 2008 just as students return from summer break. The challenge fosters active learning and teamwork, engages the local community and is equally accessible to underserved schools. Piloted to grades 6-8, with future expansion to elementary and high school, the program is aligned to national standards and engages teams of students to develop real-life solutions based on scientific investigation. The program culminates in Spring 2009 with national sustainability awards that include savings bonds, grants for schools, education tools for teachers, and exciting Discovery experiences for the winning teams.

Education, science and sustainability are ingrained in the DNA of Siemens. Just as the company is providing answers to challenges through its comprehensive environmental portfolio, the Siemens Foundation is providing answers through the eyes of our future leaders who will be transformed into active citizens in support of a sustainable world.