Contest challenges students to solve real-world problems

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge has launched its 2012 edition. Students team up with classmates under teacher/mentors to solve environmental problems in their school (grades K-5),community (grades 6-8) and world (grades 9-12).

Now entering its fourth year, the challenge is a collaborative effort of the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the College Board. Students at all levels use scientific investigation and Web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education to create a replicable green solution.

To join this educational initiative toward improving the planet’s outlook, teachers and mentors can register at Student and teacher/mentor prizes, which vary according to grade level and value more than $250,000 total, include scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, adventure trips and a chance to present their idea at the United Nations.

The deadline for all entries is March 15, 2012.