US STEM Commitments
Our future depends on an ability to prepare the next generation to be innovators in STEM fields. Yet far too few students are prepared for the challenges ahead. Dow’s commitments currently focus on the following major initiatives.
Project Lead the Way
American Association of Chemistry Teachers
AACT was launched by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
100 K in 10
You Be the Chemist
Dow currently is a national sponsor of YBTC, and actively engages with our local communities to stage student challenge competitions. Dow employee volunteers serve as host, mentor, planner and organizer for the challenges, and play an integral role in recruiting schools and students to participate. Go to http://www.chemed.org for information on how to get your school involved in this fun and exciting way to encourage a love of science.
Dow also supports YBTC’s Essential Elements program, which is a professional development initiative created to assist K–8 educators—our “essential elements” in education—in teaching chemistry concepts through hands-on learning and connecting those concepts to students’ everyday lives.
YBTC Activity Guides are lesson plans for making chemistry fun. The Guides are a must-have for those who are looking for ways to effectively introduce important science concepts through hands-on activities! Dow’s sponsorship helps to make these exciting and valuable teachers' aids available for educators by grade level (K–4 and 5–8.) Check it out!
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) aims to ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.