Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Gallery


Take part in our free Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge webinar series that focuses on incorporating elements of the Challenge process into your lesson plans and curriculum. Join Discovery Education experts and like-minded professional educators in classroom and educator-only sessions throughout the year. 

Learn about different methods and topics introduced in these webinars to support your team. Take advantage of this Discovery Education asset and utilize this resource as you tackle the Challenge.

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge - Q&A Session Webinar
Wednesday 2/20/13 at 7pm ET
Do you have questions about submitting your Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge application? Are your teams ready to press "submit" but wondering what they might have forgotten? Join us in this webinar to get your questions answered and finalize your application before the March 5th deadline.

To view the archived webinar, click here: 
To download the archived webinar, click here: 


Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Overview
January 10, 2013 at 7 PM ET

Are you up for the 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 fundamental of project-based scientific inquiry, K-12 students are given the tools to identify an ecological problem, research it and determine how their green solution can be replicated by other communities that face similar challenges. Join us to learn about how to get actively involved, make a difference, and possibly even win a prize package from the more than $300,000 in prizes including scholarships, savings bonds, once-in-a-lifetime adventure trips, assemblies with Discovery Channel personalities and much more are at stake.

7 Simple Ways You Can Change the World (and Your Classroom)
November 6, 2012 at 7 PM ET
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. In this webinar, we’ll show you how to create a FREE Google site for your classroom. We’ll share the free resources on the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge website. You’ll also learn how your students can accept the challenge to make a difference and improve the future for everyone.

Lessons from the Tundra: A Sense of Place and Purpose
October 20, 2012
Join us to learn from Karen Ogen and Tammy Einarson about their recent visit to the Polar Bear Capital of the World (Churchill, Mantioba).  They will share their firsthand experience about this amazing environment and help us, and our students, make connections on how our daily actions can help change the world for the better.  You’ll leave ready to take action and tap into the rich variety of resources available on the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge website.  Ultimately, we’ll provide you with the support you need to inspire your students to accept the challenge of being environmental stewards who serve as agents of change for our world.

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:


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.

Click here to see photos!


Siemens Logo College Board NSTA Logo Discovery Education Logo