As a materials science company, Dow embraces the importance and value of investing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and diversity. To help create and prepare a stronger workforce of tomorrow, we are investing in STEM programs that help build the skills that today’s youth will need to become creative, critical thinkers prepared to participate and thrive in a complex global environment.
Our focus on STEM is two-fold:
Dow partnered with World Learning in Algeria to establish a STEM Center in Algiers in 2015. The center has now hosted more than 2,500 students and has become a model for STEM education across Algeria. As part of the program, teachers and mentors from across Algeria completed an intensive 16-session STEM teaching methodology course and started hosting student workshops at the STEM Center. Dow also facilitated a collaboration between WE and the STEM Center to launch the “WE Are Innovators” program there. The program challenges elementary and high school students to use STEM skills to develop innovative ideas to address challenges in their communities and around the world.
The “Our City” program teaches students ages 10-11 in China to learn about sustainable urbanization. Dow initiated the education program in 2007 in partnership with Junior Achievement. The 12-week program teaches basic concepts of sustainability and circular economy. To date, the program has impacted more than 650,000 students and nearly 17,000 teachers across 35 cities in China and involved 2,650 Dow volunteers.
Despite COVID-19, in 2020 we managed to implement the “Our City” program in 22 cities across the country. A total of 36,054 primary school students and 827 teachers participated in the “Our City” program, in which nearly 18,000 students were taught about plastics recycling.
Since 2017, Andres Posada, senior marketing manager for Dow Consumer Solutions based in Mexico City, has developed a strong partnership with the WinT3794 FIRST® Robotics team, formed by students from the Universidad Tecmilenio, Campus Toluca.
Innovation has been top of mind with this partnership. Andres has helped students introduce DOWSIL™ technologies in their robots. For example, DOWSIL™ 7091, a high-performance, neutral-cure silicone adhesive, helped the team’s robots keep all their parts in place against any impact from competitors.
Off the playing field, Andres and the students have been working to conquer the challenges of COVID-19. By working on a face shield prototype with Dow components, including PU foam and silicones, the team produced face shields that were donated to local businesses in Toluca, Mexico.