STEM Careers in Focus for Swiss National Future Day in Horgen

- November 21, 2017 - The Swiss National Future Day is a country-wide initiative with the objective to introduce boys and girls aged 11 to 13 to professional fields at their parent’s or relatives’ workplace. Dow in Horgen participated for the eighth time with an exciting program to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers through a lab tour and the opportunity to do some simple experiments.

More than 40 children participated in the program at the Innovation Center in Horgen. Dow apprentices guided the group of students through three different stations. One station featured a robot that is used for glass and metal bonding in the automotive industry. Another station demonstrated two different packaging machines. The last station was in the lab itself, where participants could handle test tubes and pipettes and do some simple experiments.

“Our goal was to give the children an insight into our company, as well as motivating them to gain interest in technical and scientific jobs,” said Anita Rissi, administrative leader for Dow Polyurethanes. “First of all, we introduced them to the security procedures, and they carried the laboratory coat and the safety glasses with pride and joy. The focus of the Future Day program was giving the kids the opportunity to work and experiment actively in the lab and in the machinery hall. For me personally, it was very rewarding to see the children’s enthusiasm, concentration and interest.”