STEM Activities with Science Ambassadors
Dow AgroSciences’ Science Ambassadors program empowers our employees to share their passions about agricultural sciences with the communities we serve. We believe providing opportunities for our employees to volunteer their time and talents can make the largest impact in diversifying our future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workforce as well as building lasting relationships with our customers and neighbors.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours are donated by our employees in order to connect people to the food they eat, and how our work is helping farmers feed the growing world population. Our program began in 2011 with a few employees in Indianapolis volunteering throughout Central Indiana and has grown to include more than 500 employees, in 21 locations, on three different continents today! Together, our Science Ambassadors reach more than a quarter million people annually so our communities can learn about the science in our foods and how it helps feed the growing world population in a more sustainable way.
Participation in our Science Ambassadors program looks different for each volunteer as they pursue avenues they are most passionate about. Options include: visiting schools, judging science fairs and large attending large STEM events, or talking at adult-focused events on college campuses and science cafes. We believe science and food brings us all together, no matter what age, because we all love to eat and care about our future!
To us, STEM goes beyond the classroom. The students of today will need to be the researchers of tomorrow as they take the lead in providing solutions for the growing world. We offer our hands-on demonstrations as a way to encourage students and educators to learn about agriculture.
Additionally, we can all learn about how science is improving our lives, no matter what age! We are happy to work with adult audiences and engage in discussions about agricultural sciences.
Invite Science Ambassadors to your event
Our Science Ambassadors are mostly based out of our Global Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, we continue to grow and welcome new opportunities to engage. Look below to connect with a location near you.
Indianapolis, Indiana: request form
For general questions, you can always reach out to Dow AgroSciences’ Science Ambassadors email
Science Ambassador Activities
Our Science Ambassadors have a wide variety of hands on demonstrations to bring to classrooms and STEM events.
Healthy Oils / Nutrition
Always a crowd pleaser! This demonstration helps students learn about the importance of eating healthy, reading food labels and what information on food packaging means. Students, teachers and parents get to test their tasting skills as they guess which popcorn sample is made with the Dow AgroSciences' Nexera Canola Oil—which contains heart-healthy monosaturated fats rather than trans fats—and which popcorn sample is made with traditional hydrogenated oil.
Bt Corn ELISA
This hands-on demonstration takes students through the process of creating genetically engineered crops through biotechnology. Key takeaways include the concept of protein expression—demonstrated through an interactive ELISA test, detecting for the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). The Bt trait is utilized today through many crop technologies to help prevent pests from destroying crop yields and is responsible for the Dow AgroSciences’ Herculex1 trait.
For our future entomologists! This vast collection of insects contains the world’s largest moth. If requested, this activity can come complete with live visitors from the Dow AgroSciences’ insectary—our ever popular Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. Students discover how insects are part of our ecosystem and why it’s important to study them in agricultural research.
You can be the bee in this engaging activity! Students learn about the role different insects and animals play in pollination as they travel through a dichotomous key to become a pollinator that helps product one of the many food crops people enjoy.
Is it magic? No—it’s science! Students use hands-on activities to make snow, the same kind used on Hollywood movie sets. Our Science Ambassadors also show off their magic tricks as they make water disappear. These demonstrations teach students about polymers and how they are used in real-life.
Kids big and small love robots—not to mention teachers and parents. Our robot wows as it sorts different candies by color.
DNA Extraction from Strawberries
Students are able to be a real-life scientist as our Science Ambassadors take them through the DNA extraction process. This helps show students that DNA is in everything, fruit, you and them!
How does DNA work? Everyone has unique characteristics about their appearance, making them true individuals. This is done through a combination of traits determined by our DNA. Students are walked through the process of creating a bracelet with different colored beads that represent their unique traits and characteristics.
Genes are a Toss Up
This hands on activity teaches students about punnet squares as they roll the dice to determine what genetic traits their crop or offspring will have.
We’re scientists, sales reps, operational leaders and more—but what do we do every day? We are happy to come talk to your class or organization about what it takes to work in the agricultural industry.
Genetic modification of traits has been going on for nearly 10,000 years. This interactive activity takes students through the process of corn breeding and the role it has played in agriculture throughout the years.