Elementary School

2013 3-5 National Winners

Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education are pleased to announce the National Elementary School Winners for Grades 3-5 of the 2012-2013 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge! See the winners from grades K-2, 6-8, and 9-12.

First Place - GEORGIA

  • Team Name Tackling Trash with Tires

  • Location Cumming, Georgia

  • School Kelly Mill Elementary

  • Teacher/Mentor Stephanie Sumner

  • Description Our local businesses around our community where we go to swim, dance, eat, take karate, skate, and many other places were not recycling at all. We needed a change in our community. This was not acceptable and the students could not understand why this wasn't important to everyone around them.  They set out for a change, we just didn't know what an amazing impact the students would actually have on our community!!!
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Second Place - KENTUCKY

  • Team Name CRS STLP

  • Location Ashland, Kentucky

  • School Charles Russell Elementary School

  • Teacher/Mentor Cynd Elkins

  • Description The Charles Russell Elementary after school Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) members will develop a plan for the school to recycle paper. Once the research is finished, data collected, and plan implemented, the students will seek the support of the district administration to develop a district-wide paper recycling plan. The plan began in September of 2011 and is continuing this school year (2012-2013) and will be a permanent program for years to come.
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Third Place - COLORADO

  • Team Name From Garbage to Garden

  • Location Fort Collins, Colorado

  • School Riffenburgh Elementary School

  • Teacher/Mentor Merin Bruinsma

  • Description The students in From Garbage to Garden have been working to decrease the amount of food waste at their school. By starting a composting program and educating the rest of their school about reducing waste, they have been able to do so. Every day, they collect food scraps leftover from lunch. They also collect paper towels from the bathrooms. They then haul the materials to a local community garden that turns the materials into compost for community gardens. Since From Garbage to Garden has started, they have been able to lower the amount of food waste at their school by 23%.
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