Cultivating the Scientists of Tomorrow
Inspiring today’s youth to become the scientists of tomorrow is a passion shared by many Dow AgroSciences employees. Dow AgroSciences is committed to supporting educational institutions, programming, and community activities that identify, nurture, and provide incentives in the development of tomorrow’s scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians (STEM).
From New Germany, South Africa to Franco da Rocha, Brazil science outreach serves as a global initiative for Dow AgroSciences employees. The reality of the world’s growing population is that farmers are faced with an increasing challenge to provide enough food on a shrinking amount of farmland. In an effort to address this challenge head-on, Dow AgroSciences is not only committed to providing cutting-edge technology to farmers today, but is also dedicated to educating and preparing the scientists of tomorrow to continue developing essential technology.
STEM education is accomplished in a variety of ways. Mobile science labs used throughout South Africa allow classrooms to be converted into well-equipped chemistry labs. Within these mobile labs, students and teachers can conduct experiments most have only seen in the pages of a textbook. In São Paulo, Brazil, students from local schools participated in chemistry workshops where they learned how a variety of everyday products are made using the science of chemistry, including the foam rubber in mattresses.
Dow AgroSciences also serves as a proud sponsor of the 2011-2012 You Be the Chemist (YBTC) Challenge. The YBTC Challenge is an interactive academic competition that engages students in grades five through eight in learning with their peers and community about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety. This year will mark the inaugural Indiana YBTC Challenge and Dow AgroSciences is proud to host this event and more than 30 students at its global headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.
Experiences like these are designed to ignite a life-long interest in the sciences for future scientists.