The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math in the United States.
Its signature programs, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, reward exceptional achievement in science, math and technology. The newest program, The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues.
By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. The Foundation’s mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens’ U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG.
Advanced Placement Awards - The Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement are awarded each year to students with the greatest number of scores of 5 on eight AP math and science exams.
Siemens Science Day - Siemens Science Day’s mission is to promote math and science literacy throughout the country by providing classroom materials that will help children develop the knowledge, skills, and self-confidence needed to succeed in school and in the workforce. Developed for students in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, the program emphasizes the importance of math and science and their impact on society through fun and engaging hands-on science activities.
Siemens STEM Academy– Siemens STEM Academy is an initiative targeting science teachers throughout the United States that includes the following programs:
Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARS) - STARs provides middle school and high school STEM teachers the opportunity to engage with top scientists and researchers on short-term research projects about current topics of national interest that are related to ongoing research at the laboratory. Working in teams of 4 to 5, teachers will collaborate with laboratory scientific teams to conduct assigned research projects on current topics of national interest. ORNL or PNNL will provide additional leadership and resources to help you incorporate research into your science and math classrooms. In addition to the research immersion, each lab will provide additional educational enhancements throughout the program in the form of seminars, mini-workshops, tours, and field trips to focus and expand the research experience.
Siemens STEM Institute – This program includes an all-expenses week-long seminar for Science Teachers in Washington, DC. The program exposes teachers to new science and technology and promotes continued research and professional development.
Webinars – Throughout the year, Siemens STEM Academy offers Webinars for teachers on important topics relating to STEM education.
Siemens Science Day - As Siemens Science Day enters its fourth year in 2009, we are pleased to announce an exciting, digital expansion of the program and a new partnership with Discovery Education. The new Siemens Science Day website has 20 new hands-on activities – all with easy to procure materials. Each lesson plan is partnered with an exciting video from Discovery. In addition to the digital content, teachers will have a chance to win the "Ultimate Cool School Assembly." Not only is this assembly fun and interactive, but it also underscores the importance of science literacy and the need for science resources among schools. Discovery Networks will lead the assembly, which will consist of videos, mind benders and interactive demonstrations.
Siemens Competition - The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. It is administered by The College Board and funded by the Siemens Foundation.
We Can Change the World Challenge - The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge offers 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.