Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Events

3-5 1st Place Winners of the 2013-2014 Challenge Participate in Assembly Featuring Animal Planet's Dave Salmoni

June 13, 2014

Animal Planet's Dave Salmoni visited the first place winners, Lynn Woods - Grade 3 in Lynn, MA. He brought along some of his animal friends and discussed how conservation helps to save their habitats. Check out some of the photos from the events below!

 

Team The Nanocrystals, the 2013 1st Place National Winning High School Team, Exhibits at the Annual White House Science Fair

May 27, 2014

Aaron Barron and Crystal Brockington, the members of the 1st place national winning team for grades 9-12 in the 2013 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge (mentored by Scott Bolen) shared their project at this year's White House Science Fair. President Obama heard first-hand from the students about how their project, which involved finding a cost-effective and efficient replacement for current commercial quantum dot solar cells in their hometown of Conyers, Georgia, changed the world.

About the White House Science Fair The Science Fair celebrates the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. About 100 students participate in the event and a subset of these exhibit their work. At the fair, President Obama views the different exhibits, ranging from breakthrough research to new inventions, followed by remarks to an audience of students, science educators, and business leaders.

 

K-2 1st Place Winners of the 2013-2014 Challenge Participate in Assembly Featuring Myth Buster's Kari Byron

May 16, 2014

Myth Buster's Kari Byron visited the first place winners, Earth Agents, at Snyder Elementary School in Snyder, TX. She performed a science experiment with the students and saved room for a Q&A. Check out some of the photos from the events below!

 

Virtual Event Series: Submission Overviews

Are you ready to submit your application for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge? Make sure you're ready to hit submit before the deadline of March 4, 2014 at 8pm EST. Join us for these webinars as we provide tips and support to help you complete your application in time.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7 PM ET
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7 PM ET
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Virtual Event Series: Changing the World, Step by Step

Changing the world doesn’t have to start big. There are simple things you can do in your classroom to make a difference. From unplugging computers over the weekends to going paperless, we have tips to share. Continuing on our successful #wecanchange Wednesday webinar series, please join us as we share strategies for entering the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7 PM ET
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During this webinar we’ll provide an overview of the Challenge and focus on your important first steps, like picking a topic. Previous winners will also join us live to share their tips and tricks that helped their submissions go on to be national winners. Be on the lookout for helpful hints, instructional strategies, and technology tools such as Google Docs that will help you bring fun into your classroom.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7 PM ET
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During this webinar we’ll provide an overview of the Challenge and focus on important steps, like planning how you’ll collect your data. We’ll review examples of past contestant’s work as well as provide helpful hints, instructional strategies, and technology tools such Evernote that will help you bring fun into your classroom.

Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7 PM ET
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During this webinar we’ll provide an overview of the Challenge and focus on important steps, like acting on your ideas to make a change. We’ll share tools for note taking and documenting your experiences as well as helpful hints and instructional strategies that will help you bring fun into your classroom.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7 PM ET
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During this webinar we’ll provide an overview of the Challenge and focus on important steps, like sharing your work with your school and the Challenge judges. Be on the lookout for helpful hints, instructional strategies, and multimedia presentation tools to help your students put the finishing touches on their projects.

Virtual Event Series: We Can Change Wednesdays

Are you up for the #wecanchange Challenge? You have the power to shape your future! We’re thrilled to introduce you to the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, the nation’s premier sustainability competition that gives students the inspiration and free tools to make a difference. Using the fundamentals of project-based learning, K-12 students are guided through and inquiry-based plan to identify an ecological problem, research it, and determine how their green solution can be replicated by other schools and communities that face similar challenges. Join the conversation ahead of time using #wecanchange on Twitter, and come to these events with questions to clarify your understanding and help your students jump into the challenge. 

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Virtual Event: Homeschool Overview

During this webinar, we provided an overview of the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge for homeschool participants

Tuesday, December 4, 2013 at 3 PM ET
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K-5 Winners of the 2012-2013 Challenge Participate in Assembly Featuring Animal Planet's Dave Salmoni and his Animal Friends

May 14 & 15, 2013

Animal Planet's predator expert, Dave Salmoni, visited the schools of the 2012-2013 K-2 and 3-5 first place teams to talk to the entire school about the importance of conservation and protecting our environment. At Kelly Mill Elementary School in Cumming, GA, and Riverside Elementary West School in Taylor, PA, Dave brought some friends along and gave the winning classes extra time to "meet" the animals up close. Check out some of the photos from the events below!

 

 

Team "6,000 n 60," the 2011 1st Place National Winning Middle School Team, Exhibits at the Annual White House Science Fair

February 7, 2012

Rico Bowman, Genevieve Boyle, Mina Apostadiro and Isabel Steinhoff, the members of the 1st place national winning team for grades 6-8 in the 2011 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge (mentored by Lani Bowman) shared their project at this year's White House Science Fair. President Obama heard first-hand from the students about how their project, which involved starting a battery recycling campaign in their hometown community of Kapaau, Hawaii, changed the world.

About the White House Science Fair
The Science Fair celebrates the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. About 100 students participate in the event and a subset of these exhibit their work. At the fair, President Obama views the different exhibits, ranging from breakthrough research to new inventions, followed by remarks to an audience of students, science educators, and business leaders.

 

2011 K-5 Winners Treated to School-wide Assemblies Featuring Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni and his Animal Friends.

October 19 & 20, 2011

Animal Planet’s apex predator expert, Dave Salmoni, visited the schools of the 2010-2011 K-2 and 3-5 first place teams to talk to the entire school about the importance of conservation and protecting our environment. At Concord Hill School in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Barringer Academic Center in Charlotte, North Caroline, Dave brought some furry friends and gave the winning classes extra time to “meet” the animals up close. Check out some of the photos from the events below!

2010-2011 Winners Take a Trip to Costa Rica

July 24-28, 2011

Teams 6000 n 60 (Hawaii) and Alpha Eliminators (Iowa), the 1st and 2nd Place Winning Middle School teams in the 2011 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, had a blast in Costa Rica! As winners of the Challenge, both teams earned a trip of discovery to the country leading the way in protecting the global environment, Costa Rica. Within the next few years, Costa Rica plans to become the first carbon-neutral nation. On this journey, the students on the winning teams, along with their mentors, are being immersed in this endeavor, learning how to make bio-fuels, planting trees and working next to environmental specialists.                               

                                    

Check out the photos from this amazing trip below!  Click here to see the blog from the trip.

 

2009-2010 Winners Featured on Discovery Networks

Last year's winning teams from the K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 challenges made their acting debut when a Discovery production crew visited their hometowns to film them for TV commercial spots. The spots, awarded to the teams as part of their Challenge prizes, feature each team and their winning projects and are to be run on Discovery networks.

Not only did students learn what it takes to be a TV star, but they had the opportunity to share their amazing projects and inspire others to change the world. Watch the videos!

Team No1Idling

Team Planet Blue and Green

Team Zero Waste Lunch Experts

 

2009-2010 Middle School Winners Present to the United Nations

November 4, 2010

The winning middle school team from the 2009-2010 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge took a special trip to New York City to present their project at a United Nations roundtable event. Mentor Abhinav Raina accompanied Raj Raina and Yash Sathe, the members of Team No1Idling from Novi, Michigan, as the presented their project and findings in front of a room of influential leaders in global environmental education and policy.  

Raj and Yash explained the detrimental effect of idling cars on the environment and informed leaders on the importance of implementing no-idling laws in every state. They also had the opportunity to get an up-close view of the team featured on the jumbotron in Times Square.  More on their project can be found here: http://www.wecanchange.com/middle-school/about-challenge/challenge-winners/middle-school-winners/.

 

Animal Planet's Dave Salmoni Presents Assemblies to Last Year's Elementary Winners

October 25 & 26, 2010

The second place winning teams from the 2009-2010 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge for Elementary School were treated to an exciting assembly, "Our Animals, Our Impact," presented by Animal Planet's Dave Salmoni.

Salmoni first visited Hunter Elementary School in Raleigh, NC, home of Team Hunter EcoHeroes (winners of the K-2 challenge) and then followed with a trip to Bloomfield Township, MI to visit Team Joberts5 (winners of the 3-5 challenge) at Birmingham Covington School.

During the assemblies, Salmoni taught students about the importance of conservation and sustainability in protecting the earth, including our animals, and what they can do to help. Students also had the opportunity to get up close and personal with Salmoni's animal friends, including a cougar cub, alligator, and python. Check out the photos from the events below!

 

Last year's Winners Visit the White House to Share their Project with President Obama

October 18, 2010

Yash Sathe and Raj Raina, along with their mentor, Abhinav Raina, whose project on the negative effects of letting your car idle placed first in last year's middle school Challenge, had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share their project at the first White House Science Fair, an exclusive invitation-only event celebrating the winners of various national science competitions across the country. Not only did Abhinav, Raj and Yash have the chance to meet the President, they also rubbed shoulders with the Mythbusters and Bill Nye. See the photos below!

 

The 2010 Winning Middle School Teams Take a Behind-the-Scenes Trip to Yellowstone!

July 25-29, 2010

The First and Second Place Middle School Teams from the 2009-2010 Challenge took an exciting trip to Yellowstone National Park in July. They spent a week exploring the park, meeting Discovery talent, and hearing from top field guides.

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