Attila Molnar :
BAYER LAUNCHES NEW RESOURCE GUIDE TO HELP AUTOMOTIVE, SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING COMPANIES FORGE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS
Attila Molnar :
Compendium Unveiled At Bayer’s First-Ever STEM Education Diversity Forum
Bayer Corporation has just announced publication of a new resource guide offered free to businesses and organizations interested in creating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education partnerships.
"Planting the Seeds for a Diverse U.S. STEM Pipeline: A Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs," unveiled at Bayer’s first-ever STEM Education Diversity Forum held in Washington, D.C., is the newest component of the company’s award-winning Making Science Make Sense® program.
The compendium features a sampling of some of the country’s exemplary programs that have a proven track record of helping students - especially girls and underrepresented minorities - to achieve and participate in STEM. The purpose of this new guide is to raise awareness among STEM industry executives and other organizations and showcase for them successful programs they may want to support and/or replicate in their local communities.
“As a company that has long been actively involved in helping strengthen science education in communities across the country, we at Bayer know that STEM companies can engage in successful business-education partnerships if they possess the necessary commitment and will – and we know that the will is there,” said Dr. Attila Molnar, President and CEO, Bayer Corporation.
Dr. Molnar referred to the results of a survey released by Bayer in May which polled STEM company CEOs and found that almost all said it is important for their companies to support pre-college science education programs that help create the next generation of inventors, innovators and discoverers.
According to Dr. Molnar, “the compendium is designed to assist our fellow STEM industry colleagues in establishing their own business-education partnerships.”
The 77-page compendium features 21 best practice K-12 programs, 14 of which were presented at today’s forum. They consist of a mix of formal in-school and informal after-school programs from different regions of the United States and represent urban, suburban and rural locales. The programs include:
· American Chemical Society Project SEED
· ASSET Inc.
· Biotech Partners
· Connecticut BioBus Educational Programs
· Developmental Approaches in Science, Health and Technology (DASH)
· Environment as a Context for Opportunity in Schools (ECOS)
· Foundational Approaches in Science Teaching (FAST)
· Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education
· Illinois Math and Science Academy E2K+
· Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS)
· Kinetic City
· Math Out of the Box™
· Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)
· Merck Institute for Science Education
· Omaha Public Schools/Banneker 2000
· Project Lead The Way
· Science in Motion
· Summer Science Academy
· Valle Imperial Project in Science (VIPS)
The compendium also provides information on additional promising programs and Internet resources for education programs and business-education partnerships.
In order to be considered for the compendium, programs were required to submit an application and demonstrate: challenging content and curriculum; an inquiry learning environment; strong community support; and ongoing quantitative and qualitative research. Bayer developed these criteria using guidelines from the Council on Competitiveness’ Building Engineering and Science Talent (BEST) commission, the National Science Education Standards and the National Science Resources Center.
Each program was reviewed by a committee spearheaded by Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the nation’s first African-American female astronaut, a chemical engineer, physician, educator and the CEO of an emerging STEM company.
Recognizing that this is a first volume, Dr. Molnar added, “In the future, we hope to provide updates to the compendium as other programs come to our attention.”
To access an online version of the compendium, please visit www.BayerUS.com/MSMS.
About Bayer Corporation and Making Science Make Sense
Making Science Make Sense® is Bayer’s company-wide initiative that advances science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science education, employee volunteerism and a public education campaign. Currently, 12 Bayer sites around the country operate local Making Science Make Sense programs, which together represent a national volunteer corps of more than 1,000 employees. Two components of Making Science Make Sense are today’s STEM Education Diversity Forum and The Bayer Facts of Science Education survey series, Bayer’s ongoing annual public opinion research project. For more information about Making Science Make Sense or to subscribe to the Making Science Make Sense e-News Update, please visit www.BayerUS.com/MSMS.
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|Dr. Molnar and Bayer should be commended for their activity promoting science and math in our K-12 programs. This certainly is just the responsibility of the educational system, but a collaborative effort among the educational,parential,governmental and most importantly, business commnities. I would also suggest that STEm look at the some of the SAE education promotional activities, like A-World-In-Motion as an additional resource.