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There’s Still Time to Register For the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

January 23, 2013 | by kdelmonico

In October, we told you about the kickoff of the fifth annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge with Discovery Education, which asks students in grades K-12 to search for solutions to real-world problems. While many students are already hard at work on their projects, there’s still time to register! Registration for the Challenge is open until March 5, and what better way to harness the cooped-up energy of your students this winter than to give them the opportunity, tools and inspiration to make a difference and become agents of change.

Discovery Education provides free resources to support the teams throughout the challenge, including lesson plans, virtual labs and more. Help your students join the 62,000 students across the nation who have participated in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge and sign up today!


Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Kick Off the Fifth Annual ‘We Can Change the World Challenge’

October 2, 2012 | by kdelmonico

Discovery Education and Siemens Foundation kicked off the fifth annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge yesterday, asking students K-12 to evaluate environmental problems in communities around the world and develop sustainable solutions.

More than $300,000 will be awarded in scholarships, savings bonds, school grants and more to the students who are best able to find real-world solutions to these environmental problems. If you’re an educator or school employee, you can join the challenge by signing up to be a team leader. Visit the official We Can Change the World Challenge website for guidance on registering your team, formulating your challenge and changing the world!

For more information on the Siemens Foundation’s efforts in STEM education, follow them on Twitter at @sfoundation and visit their official Facebook page at



Discovery Education Heads to the White House Science Fair

February 5, 2012 | by aharris
DE3MYSC 2011 Winner Presentation

Benedict with 3M CEO George Buckley, Discovery Communications' Bill Goodwyn and Reed Timmer

On February 7, the White House will celebrate budding scientists with the second White House Science Fair, welcoming student winners representing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions across the U.S. Among the approximately 100 young scientists participating on Tuesday you’ll find student winners from the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.

Both competitions honor the next generation of scientific leaders, as Discovery Education partners with leading organizations like 3M, Siemens & NSTA. Braeden Benedict, winner of the 2011 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, is a 15-year-old, 9th grade student from Rancho Palos Verdes, California who developed a low-cost impact detection device for use on youth and high school contact sport helmets to warn coaches and trainers that a player has received a hit with enough force to cause a concussion.

Also joining Braeden will be Team “6000 n 60″ from Kohala Middle School in Kapaau, Hawaii, and winners of the 2011 Middle School Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. For the Challenge, the team focused on the disposal of household batteries in the absence of a local opportunity to recycle them and developed “6000 n 60,” a household battery recycling effort to collect 6,000 batteries in 60 days. After collection, the students used the data to lobby for better battery recycling opportunities.

Several of the students invited to the White House will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Fair, at which the President will address students, science educators and business leaders about the importance of STEM education to the U.S. economy. And we’ll be keeping you updated on the Fair — from the set up tomorrow to the event on Tuesday from @DiscoveryComm on Twitter (make sure to follow #WHScienceFair, too).

As the President when he hosted the first White House Science Fair, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.” Hear, hear!

Discovery Education and Siemens Kick Off the 2011 We Can Change the World Challenge

September 12, 2011 | by gweiswasser

We Can Change the World 2011Do you know a creative, committed, enthusiastic student who wants to help solve tomorrow’s most daunting environmental problems? Discovery Education and Siemens have kicked off this year’s We Can Change the World Challenge, a national sustainability challenge for K-12 students. Under the program, students team up with classmates under teacher/mentors to solve environmental problems in their school (grades K-5), community (grades 6-8) and world (grades 9-12).

Now entering its fourth year, the challenge is a collaborative effort of the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association and the College Board. Students at all levels use scientific investigation and web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education to create a replicable green solution. Nearly 18,000 elementary, middle and high school students competed in last year’s challenge, offering innovations in areas such as food-waste-to-energy, community-scale battery recycling, phantom-power load reduction, systematic behavior change, erosion control, wildlife habitat restoration and sustainable agriculture for arid zones.

Last year’s Grand Prize winners came from schools all across the country, including:

  • West Branch High School, West Branch, IA, where entrants conducted an energy audit of their high school and found many items that could be improved;
  • Kohala Middle School, Kapaau, HI, where students collected over 66,000 batteries in the community for proper disposal;
  • Barringer Academic Center, Charlotte, NC, where entrants completed a campaign that reduced paper waste in their school; and
  • Concord Hill School, Chevy Chase, MD, which reduced car idling by parents at the school by 70 percent.

To join this educational initiative toward improving the planet’s outlook, teachers and mentors can register for the Challenge, add their student teams and begin formulating their projects at Student and teacher/mentor prizes vary according to grade level and value more than $250,000 total, include scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, adventure trips and a chance to present their idea at the United Nations.

For more information on the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, go to or follow the Challenge on Facebook.