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Bayer USA Foundation Supports Summer Science Education Programs in Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Houston and Tyler, Texas
Date:7/1/2008

6-9, 2008, and in Raleigh at North Carolina State University from July 27-30, 2008.

These intensive three-day sessions led by ACS education experts will introduce some 50 high-school teachers from around the country to the principles of green chemistry by conducting green-chemistry experiments that can be incorporated into the curriculum, providing examples of green-chemistry applications relevant to students, increasing awareness of green-chemistry education resources and developing strategies for integrating green chemistry into the curriculum.

"We'll be doing experiments that are relevant to contemporary U.S. and global issues, such as alternative fuel development and energy conservation," said Dr. Mary Kirchhoff, Education Director of the ACS. "For example, the teachers will be using a renewable resource -- vegetable oil -- to create an alternative fuel, biodiesel. We'll also be conducting experiments that involve making silver nanoparticles and breaking down a plastic."

Experts from Bayer MaterialScience and Bayer CropScience also will be on-hand to serve as guest speakers and discuss various processes and technologies the companies are pioneering, such as sustainable farming, green building and light-weighting of vehicles.

Project SEED

The dual issues of diversifying the country's STEM pipeline and reversing underrepresentation by women, African-Americans, American Indians and Hispanics in STEM fields are another key concern to Bayer. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Project SEED addresses these issues by giving high-school students from economically disadvantaged families the opportunity to experience a career in chemistry-related science through eight- to 10-week hands-on summer internships in academic, industrial or governmental research laboratories.

This summer, with the help of the Bayer USA Foundation, Project SEED -- a recipient of the 2001 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics an
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