Siemens & Discovery Education Announce ‘We Can Change the World Challenge’ Winners

High School Grand Prize Winners: Team Pinelands Eco Scienteers
Team Pinelands Eco Scienteers

Discovery Education is a proud supporter of the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a sustainability challenge for students across the nation, encouraging them to tackle environmental issues with solutions that will positively impact the environment. Today, the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the College Board announced today the grand prize winners of the fourth annual Challenge.

I am always completely blown away by the ability of students to tackle very real challenges that stump some of the most prominent professionals in their field. Earlier in the year, my colleague attended the White House Science Fair (along with the 2011 We Can Change the World Challenge winners!) and I was extremely impressed as she was relating some of the projects that these amazing students were being honored for. In surveying some of the winning teams’ projects for the 2012 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, I definitely was not let down. For instance, a team of high schoolers in Charlotte, North Carolina developed a method of harnessing energy through electromagnetic inductance in an effort to become less dependent on non-reusable energy. Another middle school team in New Jersey designed technology that reminds drivers when they are idling for longer than three minutes in an effort to reduce emissions and, ultimately, sparking legislation on the issue in New Jersey.

The winning high school team, Team Pinelands Eco Scienteers from Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, sought to tackle the issue of deforestation in many parts of the world where the trees are used in order to cook food on a fire. The team focused on developing a viable alternative through which wood is replaced by biomass waste products such as peanut shells, pine needles, banana peels, sugar cane waste and corn stalks. As the grand prize winning high school team, they will be awarded, among other prizes, a $50,000 scholarship to be divided amongst the team.

Want to get your son, daughter, student, niece, nephew, etc., involved in the next Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge? Visit for more information and encourage them to like the Siemens We Can Change the World page on Facebook for inspiration and updates on next year’s competition!