Volunteers Share STEM Insight with 300 Students
For five weeks, a team of Dow volunteers visited three elementary schools in Mexico City and Guadalajara to help students and teachers learn more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts. The students learned that, and a whole lot more.
The initiative, called Dare to Discover, was developed in a partnership between United Way Mexico, the Profesor Chilfado science edutainment organization, and SolidariDow, the Company’s Latin America volunteerism program.
A total of 75 Dow employees from several sites visited the three schools, amassing more than 9,600 volunteer hours.
“What a great opportunity to connect with each other, to share my love of science, and to see the smiles, hope and love of the children,” said Veronica Perez, one of the Dow volunteers, North Region Industrial Solutions Director and Mexico STEM Leader. “It’s great to see that Dow Mexico is aligned with the 2025 Dow Sustainability Goals, as Dow volunteers positively impact students, teachers and families.”
The Company’s 2025 Sustainability Goals are a groundbreaking initiative to incorporate the value of nature and society into everything it does, while further engaging the power of Dow science and the passion of its people to develop solutions to the world’s most significant challenges. One of the key Sustainability Goals is Engaging Employees for Impact and the Dare to Discover program is a great example of how employees are making a difference in their communities.
Each week, Dare to Discover volunteers visited classrooms for three different sessions, each one focused on the basic steps of the scientific method: research, planning and development.
“I was selected to work with fifth-graders, and it was very funny at the beginning, 20 kids staring at you, so we picked names, and I was named “Professor Cromio,” recalled Manuel Meraz, another of the volunteers. “The kids were thrilled, and they participated in everything, something I wasn’t sure would happen. They were eager to understand what we were talking about.”
The lessons ranged from chemistry and robotics to diversity and inclusion.
“On the last day, the kids in my group sang a song about the scientific method, and we had a diversity activity using the periodic table of the elements to show the kids that people are different, like the elements, and when we make friends, like when hydrogen and oxygen come together, we can create incredible things, like water,” Meraz said. “I went there to teach science, technology, engineering and math, but they taught me that no matter what, you can always smile!”