Bayer Corporation is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its award-winning Making Science Make Sense (MSMS) program by saluting its employee volunteers and launching a new series of tools for anyone interested in strengthening STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.
MSMS is Bayer's companywide initiative to improve science education and advance science literacy across America. It does it through hands-on, inquiry-based science education and employee volunteerism. The program features a national public education and awareness campaign led by astronaut, scientist and educator Dr. Mae C. Jemison. Initiated in 1995, MSMS has its roots in community science education partnerships forged by Bayer employees more than 40 years ago.
Bayer will honor its MSMS volunteers with a series of parties this fall at sites around the country. They include Berkeley, Calif.; Elkhart and Mishawaka, Ind.; Shawnee, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; Morristown, N.J.; Tarrytown, N.Y.; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Pittsburgh and Myerstown, Pa.; Baytown, Texas; and New Martinsville and Institute, W.Va.
The MSMS volunteers work with Bayer partner schools and school districts to introduce students and teachers to scientific experimentation and discovery in and outside classrooms. MSMS has introduced tens of thousands of primary and secondary school students to National Science Education Standards established by the National Research Council.
Since 1995, Bayer, through its MSMS initiative, has touched the lives of millions of students, teachers, parents, business leaders, scientists and other Americans.
In recognition of MSMS and its volunteers, Bayer has been awarded two Presidential awards - the President's Service Award in 2000 and the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership in 2006. In 2008, Bayer received the National Science Board's highest honor, the Public Service Award.
Bayer also will mark the MSMS 15-year milestone by making new online science education tools available. They include:
- MSMS Audio Series Experiment Kit - This book and CD features a selection of the audio series' most popular programs and experiments.
- MSMS Activity Book - Puzzles, word searches, experiments and science facts are featured for elementary school students.
- MSMS Interactive Periodic Table of Elements - This interactive periodic table provides teachers and students with facts about all of the elements.
- Revised STEM Diversity Best Practice Compendium - This is an extensive listing of science education programs with proven track records of helping students, especially girls and underrepresented minorities, achieve in STEM. It is intended for business leaders, foundation executives or any organization or individual interested in supporting or replicating such programs in their local communities.
- Revised 'How To' Guide for Business-Education Partners - The guide distills information gleaned from Bayer's last five years of work to promote STEM diversity. It offers advice for business leaders wishing to establish STEM education partnerships.
To download these tools or for more information about Making Science Make Sense, please visit www.BayerUS.com/MSMS.
About Bayer Corporation
Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company's products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time Bayer creates value through innovation, growth and high earning power. The Corporation is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its role as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. Economy, ecology and social responsibility are corporate policy objectives of equal rank. In North America, Bayer had 2009 net sales of approximately 7.7 billion euros (about $10.7 billion) and employed 16,300 at year end. For more information, go to www.bayerus.com.
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