Developing tomorrow’s innovators

We believe in the power of STEM and inspiring students to solve tomorrow’s world challenges.

By building a skilled and diverse STEM outreach pipeline, we aim to equip and inspire a ready workforce by:

  • Inspiring and preparing the next generation of diverse manufacturers, engineers and chemists
  • Cultivating an innovative mindset that supports Dow’s ambition

FIRST® Robotics

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured after school programs. Dow is a strategic partner of the program, providing STEM outreach, team support and volunteerism opportunities within our communities and supporting the program's international expansion and its Inclusion, Diversity and Equity strategy.

 

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Enhancing STEM outreach through Historical Black Colleges & Universities

Dow invests more than $5 million in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to support and enhance STEM programs for black youth in the talent pipeline. Our partnership will expand support through 2024 to:

  • Inspire and attract underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines; Retain and develop Black students in STEM youth programs
  • Build the Ph.D. pipeline of Black student talent by supporting undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research programs
  • Invest in the Future of STEM Scholars initiative (FOSSI) by underwriting the education of ten students per year pursuing STEM degrees at HBCUs

Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeships

Whether it's opportunities for manufacturing apprenticeships or engineering internships, these programs build and equip the U.S. manufacturing pipeline and target efforts to increase participation of more veterans, women and underrepresented minorities into the Dow workforce.

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

The Creators Wanted™ campaign is designed to raise awareness and engagement in manufacturing, reducing the skills gap in the United States. By 2025, Creators Wanted™ aims to increase the number of students enrolling in technical and vocational schools or reskilling programs by 25% and reduce the skills gap in the U.S. by 600,000 jobs.

Engaging Employees for Community Impact

Team Dow volunteers to inspire students and support teachers with STEM-related activities such as career talks, guest lecturing, science experiments, student/teacher mentoring, Dow site tours and science research.

Moulding the Future

At Dow, we understand and appreciate the importance and focus of getting to net zero. Dow wants to move the needle on ground-breaking technologies like advanced recycling and e-crackers and find solutions to some of the industry’s biggest, long-term challenges. That creates an urgent need for new talent in the industry, bringing fresh thinking and bold new ideas.

The report shows the potential future demand for workers on the part of the chemicals and plastics products industries in different European markets by quantifying the STEM skills gap.

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