-- #TheSTEMEquation: Parents, Educators, Students and Communities Engage in Day-Long Online Conversation about the Power of STEM to Shape the Future --
-- Possibility Grant Sweepstakes Winner to be Announced and Awarded $10,000 to fund School STEM Initiative --
Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, May 15, 2018) – The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education are teaming up today to host the annual Siemens National Day of STEM. The day is designed to spark a national conversation about pathways to success for students through STEM and demonstrate how science, technology, engineering and math work together to shape the future.
“The Siemens Foundation is committed to igniting and sustaining curiosity and passion for STEM in tomorrow’s leaders. The National Day of STEM celebrates this commitment with stakeholders across the country,” said David Etzwiler, CEO Siemens Foundation.
The mission of Siemens STEM Day is to provide classroom materials that help K-12 students develop the knowledge, skills and self-confidence they need to succeed in STEM and in the workforce. Available at no cost, the program emphasizes the importance of STEM through 150+ proven, fun and engaging hands-on activities.
To celebrate the Siemens Foundation’s second annual National Day of STEM, educators, students, parents and communities are encouraged to participate in a national online STEM dialogue using #TheSTEMequation. This virtual event will debut new high school activities and career profiles. The STEM Day online event will also include fun gift card prizes and will culminate with the announcement of the grand prize winner of “The Possibility Grant Sweepstakes,” which awards a deserving school $10,000 to fund a student STEM initiative.
“Discovery Education applauds the Siemens Foundation for their work to engage students in solving real-world problems with immersive STEM experiences that propel future success,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “The landscape of STEM careers is rapidly evolving and inspiring today’s learners; ‘Siemens STEM Day’ helps unlock immeasurable possibilities for the workforce of tomorrow.”
10:00 AM: The Formulas for Success – The world premiere of two career profiles introducing students to varied career opportunities in engineering and manufacturing at siemensstemday.com.
12:00 PM: The Current Conversation – A national interactive Twitter chat discussing the “State of STEM” including dialogue with Siemens and Discovery Education STEM experts. Join the online conversation at #TheSTEMequation.
2:00 PM: The Prime Resources – The virtual Siemens STEM Day celebration will unveil five brand new standards-aligned activities for grades 9-12, which explore diverse, engaging topics ranging from body systems in space to linear equations to coin batteries. Join the online conversation at #TheSTEMequation.
4:00 PM: The Power of Possibility – To conclude the day-long national Day of STEM celebration the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education will announce the winner of the #PowerofPossibility Sweepstakes on Twitter and Facebook using #TheSTEMequation.
“The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education provide enriching STEM experiences and resources that captivate and inspire my students,” said Patti Grammens, science and coding teacher, Cumming, Georgia. “STEM Day encourages them to learn from first hand experiences in problem solving, experimentation and the scientific method. Through these experiences they become natural solution-seekers who are excited about learning.”
In addition to more than 150 free elementary and middle school activities, the Siemens STEM Day website now offers high school resources designed to support STEM curriculum and instruction with digital content. Interactive student activities can be filtered by grade level, category or career path, and explore topics spanning healthcare, engineering, IT, science, math, technology, energy and manufacturing. Siemens STEM Day also offers a Teacher Support Center that provides educators five-minute prep videos, live demonstrations of activities and downloadable one-sheets for best practice and how-to guides.
To learn more about Siemens STEM Day and download the program’s free resources, visit: siemensstemday.com. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.
About the Siemens Foundation:
The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $100 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. The Siemens Foundation’s mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. Together, the programs at the Siemens Foundation are closing the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. when it comes to STEM careers and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. For further information, visit siemens-foundation.org or follow @sfoundation.
About Discovery Education
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.