Midland, MI - March 30, 2012
The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dow (NYSE: DOW) is pleased to announce its support to help launch the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)'s well-respected Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program for the first time in Detroit in summer 2012.
Dow made its pledge of a $100,000 grant during the general session of NSBE's 38th Annual Convention Thursday, March 29, 2012, in Pittsburgh, Pa. About 6,000 NSBE members and supporters were in attendance at the event.
The three-week SEEK program is open to students in 3rd through 8th grades and will be held at local schools in Detroit from July 16-August 3. During the program, 300 students will be paired with 50 African American college student mentors who facilitate the program.
"We know that science and math must be relevant and exciting for young people. Otherwise they won't be interested in pursuing careers in those fields," says Bo Miller, executive director of Dow's Foundation. "SEEK is a distinguished program that aligns with Dow's commitment to diversity and desire to increase the interest in, access to and quality of education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Programs like SEEK are a perfect way to encourage future scientists and create individuals who value science and technology among students who are currently underrepresented in engineering and the sciences."
SEEK is run by engineering students and technical professionals who are dedicated to pursuing professional excellence. A distinguishing feature of the program is that parental involvement is mandatory, and fundamental to its success.
Dow's support of NSBE and SEEK continues the company's commitment to developing and improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. In addition, this collaboration strengthens the strategies defined by Dow's Diversity & Inclusion department and African American Network to help build a diverse and talented future workforce.
For more information on NSBE and the SEEK program, go to http://www.nsbe.org/seek/overview.aspx.
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