STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - in an inter-disciplinary and applied approach. STEM integrates these subjects into a cohesive learning paradigm, based on real-world applications. What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving. STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for the student. Making maths and science both fun and interesting helps the student to do much more than just learn.
But the challenge arises when it comes to women making their career in STEM. UNESCO published fact sheet in March 2015 says that women account for minority in world’s science researchers with numbers as low as 20% - 26%. With an aim of averting the situation, Covestro, in collaboration with various partners is committed to enlighten the minds of children across the world by improving awareness amongst children and teachers about the value of learning with a special focus on STEM.
Covestro (India) started with the #STEM4Girls project in India in 2016 by reaching out to 100 girls from Delhi. In 2017, the project reached to 1327 girls from various schools in Mumbai. In 2018, #STEM4GirlsFestival2018 covered 3115 girls across 6 different cities of India – Mumbai, Calicut, Noida, Dharampur, Goa and Nagpur. Taking this initiative forward, Covestro (India), successfully concluded the 4th edition of #STEM4Girls this year, with over 4176 girl students across 5 different cities (Greater Noida, Dharampur, Ankleshwar, Cuddalore and Mumbai) from 105 schools along with 216 teachers. #STEM4Girls is an initiative undertaken by Covestro to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education among girl students between the age of 11-14 years to increase their scientific curiosity and temperament.
Eminent women achievers from across India participated in the initiative to inspire children in every city and explore fruitful careers in the field of STEM. With interactive sessions, workshops and hands-on experiments every student was inducted to the world of possibilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. A multi-lingual animated story book explaing the impact of marine litter was also launched as a part of this initiative.
Of the 4176 school girls who went through the program, 1316 were from Mumbai, 812 from Greater Noida, 1024 from Dharampur , 813 from Ankaleshwar and 211 from Cuddalore joined Covestro’s #STEM4Girls initiative. Covestro along with Greenlight for Girls, Nehru Science Centre & Chandra Mohan Foundation conducted the last leg of STEM workshop from 9th December to 14th December 2019. In the four editions so far, Covestro has helped over 8000 girl students seek positive attritudes towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Speaking about the initiative, Melissa Rancourt, Founder & Board Chairman of greenlight for girls stated, “We are incredibly proud to partner with Covestro (India) consecutively for the fourth time for their #STEM4Girls project. We always seek to collaborate with like-minded partners who work towards initiatives that give first-hand experience to girls which can help to provide inspiration and future possibilities in their education and their careers. This year too we have reached out to over 4,000 young girls from different parts of India and exposed them to the opportunities in the field of STEM. We are thrilled that this initiative was a such an impactful success for Covestro, greenlight for girls and hundreds of young girls across India.”
Anisha Bhandari, Director of ChandraMohan Foundation said, “We at ChandraMohan Foundation always look forward to promote Education, spread awareness on sustainability and Environment and help improve the socio-economic backward of people. #STEM4Girls was a great success in 2017 and 2018 and we are happy to associate with Covestro again this year and contribute towards a social impact by empowering girls who will further empower the society at large.”
#STEM4Girls is a project that makes each of us at Covestro India proud, while we sow seeds of inspiration for taking up STEM careers among girls. We at Covestro believe that STEM is a powerful approach to help girl students to explore more in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by providing them practical experience rather than just textbook information. Through this initiative, we intend to evoke the interest of students and introduce them to the possibilities of careers in order to build a brighter future for India,” said Mr. Anand Srinivasan, Managing Director, Covestro India.
Covestro (India) has been working towards empowering the girl child in line with the Government’s mission of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao through STEM Learning Workshop for girls. The #STEM4Girls is part of our commitment to enlighten the minds of children across the world by improving awareness amongst children and teachers about the value of learning with a special focus on STEM.
With 2018 sales of EUR 14.6 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. The company is very well established in India with three manufacturing facilities across the country at Greater Noida, Ankleshwar and Cuddalore. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 16,800 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2018.
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