Long-term Commitment to Create an Innovative and Competitive Workforce, and Knowledgeable Society that Values Science and Technology
MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of a long-term commitment to advance interest in, access to, and quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, the Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) is working with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Dow is a sponsor and active participant in this year’s 60th Annual NSTA Conference, taking place March 29 through April 1, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“Dow invests strategically to leverage its science and technology expertise, sustainability focus, and global network to increase public appreciation of chemistry, encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and generate enthusiasm for the creative future of science,” commented Bo Miller, director of Corporate Citizenship and president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. “Dow has made a long-term commitment to advance the understanding and appreciation of the values and benefits that science brings to society as well as inspire future generations to pursue education and careers in science-related fields.”
Themed At the Crossroads for Science Education, the 60th Annual NSTA Conference is a unique opportunity for STEM educators to share knowledge, learn current applications of science from the field, and put them in the best position to teach and inspire. Dr. Catherine Hunt, Director, Innovation Sourcing & Sustainable Technologies at Dow, will present a lecture titled “Bridging the Gap, Transforming the Future: Education, Collaboration, Innovation!” The presentation is an open session to all conference attendees and will be held on March 29 at 3:30 p.m. Dow will also provide an interactive exhibit booth, hold a special reception for Dow New Science Teacher Academy Fellows and conduct 90-minute training workshop on Friday, March 30, on “You Be The Chemist” – a national program from the Chemical Education Foundation sponsored by Dow.
Dow’s current commitments to teachers include providing scholarships for experienced teachers to attend workshops at the Keystone Center and The National Science Resource Center (Smithsonian Institutes), and funding NSTA’s New Science Teacher Academy for second- and third-year teachers. Since 2008, these programs have impacted more than 11,500 teachers and 1.5 million students in the United States alone.
Dow is working to build an innovative and competitive workforce, and create a knowledgeable society that values science and technology through its support for STEM education and careers. As an advocate for innovation, Dow is supporting transformational initiatives that make a difference for students, educators and academic institutions.
For more information on Dow’s commitment to STEM education, please visit: http://www.dow.com/education/index.htm.
Dow (NYSE: Dow) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
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