As scientists and experts look to solve global environmental challenges, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education are once again looking to our country’s future leaders and problem-solvers for innovative solutions.
Last week, Discovery Education and Siemens Foundation partnered to launch this year’s Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Since 2008, the Challenge has tasked K-12 students, under the guidance of an advisor, with identifying an environmental issue in their classroom, school, or community and creating a replicable green solution for the chance to earn more than $300,000 in scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, and more. Concepts are judged by a panel of environmental advocates and science educators who will judge teams based on their research, analysis and ability of the solution to be replicated on a larger scale.
To take the challenge, team advisors (who must be full-time or part-time school employees) can register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, add their student teams and begin formulating their projects at www.wecanchange.com. Team advisors can take advantage of a robust free resource section, created by Discovery Education, that includes new lesson plans that address Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for K-12, e-books, virtual labs and more to accompany each stage of the Challenge for each grade level. The deadline for all entries is March 4, 2014. Finalists and winners will then be announced in April 2014.
Good luck to all the teams – we look forward to following the journey!