The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are partnering again this year to educate, empower, and engage students and teachers nationwide to become "Agents of Change" in improving their communities through the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. The second year of this national sustainability challenge - now expanded to include elementary school students - encourages students in kindergarten through eighth grade to team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their classroom (grades K-2), school (grades 3-5) and community (grades 6-8).
Year two of the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge was launched during United Nations International Youth Day in New York City. The grand prize winning team from the inaugural year of the challenge, Team Dead Weight from West Branch, Iowa, presented their project to an audience of peers, UN representatives, and media as part of the day's theme, "Sustainability: Our Challenge. Our Future." Team Dead Weight's winning project focused on the environmental hazards of lead wheel weights in tires.
Teachers, students, and mentors can log on to www.wecanchange.com now to register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which officially opens for entries on August 19, 2009. Student and teacher/mentor prizes, which vary according to grade level, include savings bonds, school grants, exciting trips, TV appearances, and much more. Fostering learning, team work, and problem solving around sustainability, the website offers resource guides for standards-based lesson plans and teacher materials to accompany each stage of the challenge. These materials are created by Discovery Education and the NSTA.
The deadline for elementary level entries is January 31, 2010 (finalists and winners announced in March 2010); and the deadline for middle school entries is March 15, 2010 (state winners announced in April 2010 and national winners announced in May 2010).
The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will expand to high school students in fall 2010. For more information, visit http://wecanchange.com/.
Source: The Siemens Foundation, www.siemens-foundation.org