Congratulations to our 2014 Siemens Summer of Learning Fellows!

STEM Blog

Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge Launches... Authentic and Powerful Learning

 

The Siemens STEM Academy would like to invite you and your class to be part of the  Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge.  Take a moment to discover how you can engage your students in a rigorous and relevant  Project Based Learning experience. You will discover rich STEM resources and activities in these amazing challenges designed for all grade levels.  Before reading, be sure to sign up for  upcoming  Siemens STEM Academy blog posts in order to discover other great STEM treasures.  Don't miss out... make sure you give us a  follow on twitter at SiemensSTEMAcad and share with others! As always, thanks for joining us at the Siemens STEM Academy!  Now... read on and you will discover why the Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge just might change your classroom world!  Have a wonderful week – Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech)   

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Through March 5, 2013, teams from across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities.To date, more than 62,000 students have participated in the Challenge. Give your students the opportunity, tools and inspiration to make a difference and become agents of change. Check out the various grade level bands below and get started today. You and your students really can change the world!

Elementary K-5 Challenge

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge offers elementary students the opportunity to use science, math, and reading/language arts concepts and skills to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements. For example, students utilize their comprehension skills by reading and summarizing non-fiction texts. Then they use their writing skills to write an action plan to solve a local environmental issue based on what they have learned. With the help of the Eco-heroes, students as a class can become Agents of Change. The five Eco-heroes on the website, Thera, Typhoon, Cirrus, Solara, and Aja, will help you provide encouragement and information for your class. But the most important eco-hero, you, will guide the class through the Challenge and help them reach beyond themselves and learn how to create change in your school environment. Top prizes include a grant for your school and green prize packs full of the latest in fun and sustainable products for each member of the winning classes. Click here to learn more about the elementary challenge.  

Middle School 6-8 Challenge

Today's young people currently enrolled in middle school will inherit a world that's very different from the one their parents inherited. Climate change; polluted air, water and soil; endangered species; shrinking coastlines; and a rapidly increasing population are among the many issues that threaten our global environment. The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge gives students the opportunity, tools and inspiration to make a difference and become agents of change. Beginning in September of  2012 through March 5, 2013, middle school student teams from across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities. Top prizes include a share in thousands of dollars in savings bonds and an unforgettable Discovery adventure trip. Click here to learn more about the middle school challenge.   

High School 9-12 Challenge

As citizens and stewards of our planet, high school students are in a unique position to become active agents of environmental change. Fortunately many are interested in learning about and taking responsibility for your environment. In addition, they are familiar with today's tools and technologies that can help influence others to create an impact beyond their local community. The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge gives teens the opportunity, tools and inspiration to become agents of change. Beginning in September of 2012 through March 5, 2013, high school student teams from across the country are challenged to create sustainable environmental improvements that can be replicated around the globe.  Top prizes will include thousands of dollars in scholarship money and more! Click here to learn more about the high school challenge.

We sure hope you and your class discovers the Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge. The biggest prize will be the authentic and powerful learning that will take place!  Now is a great time to sign up for an RSS feed and also follow us on twitter at SiemensSTEMAcad. You may even wish to share this post with others via a quick email or even a tweet!   Have a great week  and take some time to start making your own STEMtastic learning connections... today. - Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Posted on September 24, 2012 by Michael Gorman








Subscribe to this Blog

Meet the Contributors

Mike Gorman

Mike is an advocate for transforming education and bringing 21st Century Skills to classrooms. He was awarded Indiana STEM Educator of the Year and honored as a Microsoft 365 Global Education Hero.
Learn More



Lance Rougeux

Lance has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and was recently highlighted in The Emergency Teacher, a book about urban teaching.
Learn More



Kyle Schutt

Kyle has worked with educators throughout the country to help them better understand how technology and digital media can be used to support instruction, motivate students, and increase passion for learning.
Learn More

Curved Blue Box Bottom