The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announce the 2009 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is now accepting entries. 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).
Teachers, students and mentors can now log on to www.wecanchange.com to register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Student and teacher/mentor prizes, which vary according to grade level, include savings bonds, school grants, exciting trips, TV appearances, and more.
The Web site offers resource guides for standards-based lesson plans and teacher materials to accompany each stage of the challenge.
The deadline for elementary level entries is January 31, 2010 (finalists and winners announced in March 2010); 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 www.wecanchange.com.