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.

Key Collaborations

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. Their world-class curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate and community partners, help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in our global economy. Dow is proud to support PLTW curriculum in our local communities

American Association of Chemistry Teachers

Dow has become the sole founding partner of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), a first of its kind community to bring together chemistry teachers, invigorate chemistry education and support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in US schools. Dow and AACT will convene a series of teacher summits and create more than 750 lesson plans, multimedia resources, demonstrations and other high-quality chemistry teaching materials for use in K­–12 classrooms. 

AACT was launched by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

For more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. The organization is centered around a passion for their members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's exciting engineering and technology specialties.

100 K in 10

100 K in 10 is a multi-sector mobilization that responds to the national imperative to train 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers over the coming years. As one of many partners supporting 100k in 10, Dow is passionate about preparing the next generation of innovators in STEM.

Smithsonian Institute

Through the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers, Dow supports the professional development of K-12 science educators in communities where Dow has a presence.

Franklin Institute

In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. Dow shares in the mission of the Franklin Institute and understands the importance of educating students in STEM.

You Be the Chemist

CEF’s You Be The Chemist (YBTC) program focus is on inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and chemical industry leaders. YBTC programs are designed to enhance K-8 science education by introducing the central role of chemistry in all the sciences and in our everyday lives. 

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 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.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a non-profit that is owned and managed by its members. The organization is dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals. NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more.

Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD)

LEAD is a national non-profit organization that unites the world’s top colleges and universities with the world’s most dynamic corporations and businesses in the challenge to provide the knowledge, interest and confidence to bright high school students to explore careers in business, science, engineering and technology.

FIRST Robotics

First Robotics mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Dow values the hands on experiences youth can gain from First Robotics programs and that experience is a key component to getting them engaged and excited about STEM.

Delta College

Dow believes that advanced manufacturing is critical to the nation’s long-term competitiveness. Dow, like other companies dependent on a talented and innovative workforce, has a responsibility to use its expertise and resources to make the workforce stronger. We believe that public-private partnerships are critical to the developing and sustaining the workforce of the 21st Century. The Fast Start program supports manufacturers in the Great Lakes Bay Region by training workers for the jobs available now, while building a local talent pipeline to meet future needs. It’s a win-win.

Change the Equation

Change the Equation (CTEq) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States. Dow is an integral contributor to advancing the interest in, access to, and the quality of STEM education globally. STEM learning is an economic imperative. By focusing expertise and resource on STEM and related careers, Dow plays a vital role to increase the number of STEM professionals and educators globally.

Chemical Educational Foundation

The Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) is a non-profit organization committed to enhancing science education. By emphasizing the central role of chemistry in all the sciences and in our everyday lives, CEF strives to inspire our future leaders in pursuing science-related careers and to improve the overall understanding of, participation in, and appreciation of chemistry and chemicals. Through Dow-supported programs like You Be The Chemist, the Chemical Educational Foundation makes chemistry concepts fun and easy for students and teachers.

Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation is a collections-based nonprofit organization that preserves the history and heritage of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences and technologies.