Discovery Education has so many excellent programs that it is hard to select just one to promote, but its partnership with Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is hard to top. When you combine DE and Siemens and NSTA with our nations’ students and teachers working collaboratively, you get a real definition of change agents working in a 21st century authentic assessment. What can be better than changing the world, making it a better place.
Take a look at this short video on the 2009 winners, and then gear up for the next challenge–and let me tell you, there is a LOT in it for you!
The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is open to K-8 this year and next year it will be K-12. Since this is a program that the vast majority (and next year everyone) of the community can participate in, we are encouraging everyone to participate, especially the Leadership Councils and the entire DEN membership. Here’s why, and you are going to love the two-part opportunity.
1. Any STAR Discovery Educator who enters the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge by January 31, 2010 will have his/her name put into a drawing to win a trip to the NSTA National Conference in Philadelphia, PA (March 18-21, 2010). Airfare, hotel and conference registration will be covered by the DEN. You must be a STAR Discovery Educator and you must let us know that you and your students have entered the We Can Change the World Challenge by completing this form.
2. The state (where there is a DEN Leadership Council) with the highest number of entries to the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will earn a Day of Discovery in conjunction with the DEN’s Spring Virtual Conference. The day will be planned, managed and executed by the DEN team giving the state LC a break. Hall Davidson, Steve Dembo and other members of the DEN team will be there in person to present.
Any LC that has planned an event will tell you how much work is involved in generating a successful event. Our recent PA DEN Virtual Conference Live Event entailed countless hours of preparation, but just how many I could not really say, because that was the province of the Events Team. I just blogged the event, but I could see the behind-the-scenes energy that made our event so successful.
So here’s the sales pitch: let’s get our PA DEN members to participate in this challenge. You could win a trip to NSTA, our state could win a day with the DEN team (no planning here, folks), and let’s face it, we are all winners for accepting the challenge to make our world a better place.