COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 36

December 2, 2008

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge gives students the opportunity, tools, and inspiration to become agents of change for the environment.  Beginning in fall 2008 through March 15, 2009, middle school student teams from across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities.

Projects are grouped into three categories based on environment rural, urban, and suburban.  The competition is a six-step process following scientific methodology:

The challenge is open to all U.S. middle school students between grades six through eight and teams are made up of two to three members and a teacher or adult advisor.  For further information and registration for the challenge, please go to http://www.wecanchange.com/; or contact Paula Klonowski, science coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Paula.Klonowski@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 371-0249.

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