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Elizabeth Hillman, Discovery Education
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Call for Entries in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

Registration has opened for The 2015 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 https://siemenscompetition.discoveryeducation.com.

The deadline for receipt of entries is Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Siemens Competition, established in 1999, 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.

This year, the regional competition rounds will be held on-line, in a secure virtual environment. Participants will present their projects via a secure cloud-based technology platform to a panel of judges who will be assembled at regional hosting universities in November.

“We’re excited about our ability to take advantage of today’s technologies to improve accessibility and convenience for our participants at the regional level,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation.

The regional judging will take place at six leading research universities across the country: 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 these Regional Finals will be invited to present their research in-person to nationally renowned scientists and mathematicians at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in December at The George Washington University.

"The Siemens Competition continues to showcase the extraordinary potential of today’s youth," explained Etzwiler. "The STEM research that comes out of this competition is a great reminder of America’s continuing ability to innovate,” he continued, “what these kids are developing today is mind blowing – not only in difficulty and complexity, but in its ability to affect change and improve lives.”

Last year’s Grand Prize individual winner developed a new theoretical approach that will improve program obstacle avoidance for drones and self-driving cars. The winning team created a computer model that simulates how a tree will grow in varying conditions which will help optimize resource investments of tree plantations – an important factor in mitigating climate change -- and improve current practices in harvesting timber and growing tree-based foods. The previous year, winning teams identified 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, to protect crops against damage. Video, photos and bios of the 2014 finalists are available at: http://inr.synapticdigital.com/siemens/2014competition/.

The Siemens Foundation

The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $85 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. The Siemens Foundation mission is inspired by a culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org or follow @sfoundation.

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