— Applications Now Open for Prestigious STEM Institute and STARs Programs Providing Connections to STEM Scientists, Researchers and Thought-Leaders –

ISELIN, N.J. – The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, along with their partners Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board, have announced they will begin accepting applications for the 2013 Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) and Siemens STEM Institute programs. The STARs program invites 40 educators from across the nation to attend Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) or Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for two weeks to study and conduct research with some of the country’s top scientists. The Siemens STEM Institute selects 50 educators from around the nation to attend a hands-on, immersion program promoting STEM education at the Discovery Education headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. These programs are part of the Siemens STEM Academy, a national professional development community designed to advance the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States.

“We are excited to continue the Siemens Teachers as Researchers and Siemens STEM Institute programs and bring together nearly 100 educators from schools nationwide,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. “This year brings another opportunity for some of the strongest STEM educators in the country to continue expanding their own STEM curriculum and bring what they learn back to their classrooms to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers.”

For the two STARs programs, 40 educators will work in small groups and collaborate with scientific teams from world-renowned labs to conduct individually-designed research projects that will give them real-world experience they can bring back to their classrooms. In the past during these immersive research experiences, STARs fellows have tackled a variety of STEM project topics, including the construction and maintenance of neutron detection systems, biomass that could lead to improved biofuel production, the charge transfer properties of CdSe Quantum dots for hybrid solar cell applications and more.

The 2013 STARs programs will take place June 16 – June 28, 2013, at ORNL and July 14 – July 26, 2013, at PNNL. In addition to the two-week, hands-on learning experience, each teacher will receive a grant to purchase equipment and/or supplies for their classroom.

The Siemens STEM Academy also offers the Siemens STEM Institute, a unique, week-long program that promotes real-world integration of STEM principles into the classroom. From Aug. 4 – Aug. 9, 2013, a diverse group of 50 middle and high school educators from across the country will attend an intensive professional development experience at the global headquarters of Discovery Communications located just outside of Washington, D.C. The Fellows will be exposed to leading scientists, thought leaders, personalities and innovators whose work across STEM disciplines shape and define our world today. In the past, STEM Institute Fellows have heard from guest speakers, including Dr. Roosevelt Johnson, deputy associate administrator for education at NASA; have taken field trips to leading institutions of STEM innovation, such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and engaged in discussions with executives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on opportunities for educators to enhance classroom teaching techniques.

The call for applications for the STEM Academy programs is now open through Feb. 5, 2013. Educators across the country can apply for the 2013 STARs programs or the Siemens STEM Institute by visiting www.siemensstemacademy.com.

About the Siemens STEM Academy
The Siemens STEM Academy (www.siemensstemacademy.com) is a collaborative effort of the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board to empower and celebrate excellence in science, technology, engineering and math education. As the premier online professional development community for STEM educators, over 300,000 teachers from across the United States exchange and download resources, participate in and view webinars, obtain up-to-date STEM news and network with their peers. Additionally, each year the STEM Academy selects top educators from around the country to participate in the Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) programs, two-week professional development experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In addition, 50 educators are chosen to participate in the Siemens STEM Institute, a one-week professional development initiative at Discovery Communications headquarters in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.siemensstemacademy.com.

About the Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, and The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues. In February 2010 the Siemens Foundation launched its newest initiative, The Siemens STEM Academy, a national STEM education program for teachers designed to support educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in these fields. By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. The Foundation’s mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens’ U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG. For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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