Dow Inspires Students’ Passion for Science and Innovation with FIRST® in China
SHANGHAI, June 6th, 2016 – As part of its long-term commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education as a driver for innovation, manufacturing and economic prosperity, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) is igniting student interest and creating a new generation of innovators by supporting the China 2016 FIRST® Championship. Through the collaboration, Dow extends its global partnership with the non-profit FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), in place since 2014, to China, which is a strategic growth region for the company.
Dow is specifically supporting the China FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL), which engages students from ages 9 to 16. More than 66 teams, selected from 500 students nationwide, participated in the finale held in Shanghai from June 3-4.
Themed “Trash To Treasure,” the program invites students to compete as they program robots to solve every day recycling challenges. This collaboration aligns with Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals as the theme connects to the company’s goal of Advancing a Circular Economy, and Dow employees, known as STEM Ambassadors, volunteered at the event in the support of the goal of Engaging Employees for Impact.
“This program offers an excellent example of how we can successfully encourage Chinese students to use scientific innovation to solve real-life problems through hands-on projects,” said Yoke Loon Lim, president of Dow Greater China. “Our strategic partnership with FIRST® in China allows us to promote STEM education in a more inspiring and efficient way, and motivate young people’s enthusiasm for STEM career exploration.”
FIRST® is a nonprofit organization founded by an American entrepreneur and inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, which aligns to Dow’s Global Citizenship commitment to Building the Workforce of Tomorrow.
Cultivating young peoples’ interest in STEM subjects and emphasizing the importance of environmental protection to promote sustainable communities are key areas of focus for Dow’s global citizenship initiatives in China.
Some examples include:
- Teaching primary school students about the significance of sustainability in environmental and urban planning through the "Our City" collaboration with Junior Achievement China.
- Sponsorship of Dow Chemistry Labs in Tianjin and Harbin to promote chemistry education through chemistry-themed displays and on-site experiments in local science and technology museums.
- Motivating thousands of senior high school students to be more involved in chemistry through Dow’s exclusive sponsorship of the Chinese Chemistry Olympiad.
To learn more about Dow’s commitment to STEM education, please visit: http://www.dow.com/en-us/science-and-sustainability/global-citizenship/building-the-workforce
For more information about Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals please visit: http://www.dow.com/en-us/science-and-sustainability/sustainability-reporting
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Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST®(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $20 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.