ISELIN, N.J., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Registration has opened for the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation's premier science research competition for high school students. Registration and submission instructions are now available online at www.discoveryeducation.com/siemenscompetition. The deadline for receipt of entries is Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Siemens Competition, established in 1998, is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, administered by Discovery Education. Each year, the program invites high school students nationwide to submit original research projects in math, science and technology for the opportunity to win college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000. Students can compete as individuals or as members of a team.
Regional competitions are held at six leading research universities across the country in November: California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame and The University of Texas at Austin. Winners of the Regional Finals are invited to present their research to nationally renowned scientists and mathematicians at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in December.
"The Siemens Competition continues to serve as a platform to showcase exceptional research by high school students," said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. "These scholars are creating innovative solutions that address societal needs across STEM disciplines."
According to the World Economic Forum, American high school students are falling behind in international science and math scores. The Siemens Competition addresses this societal challenge by inspiring high school students to pursue scientific research and gain valuable skills to meet the nation's current and future workforce needs.
"The Siemens Competition is more than a high school math and science competition. It is an investment in the minds and ambitions of the future inventors and innovators who will fill the pipeline of critical STEM jobs," said Eric Spiegel, President and CEO of Siemens U.S.A. "By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Siemens Competition is helping to nurture tomorrow's scientists and engineers."
The 2013 Siemens Competition Grand Prize winners discovered potent influenza virus inhibitors, which could be used to protect against future influenza outbreaks, and characterized a gene that confers protective resistance to ozone pollution, which may protect crops against damage. Video, photos and bios of the 2013 finalists are available at: http://inr.synapticdigital.com/siemens/2013competition/.
The Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation supports 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, a STEM research competition for high school students, Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a sustainability challenge which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues and the Siemens STEM Academy, a national educator professional development program designed to support educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in STEM fields. The Foundation's mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens' U.S. companies. For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org or follow @sfoundation.
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
SOURCE Siemens Foundation