Reinforces company’s long-standing commitment to the region and STEM education
Pittsburgh, December 2, 2015 — Covestro LLC, a leading polymer materials supplier, has entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Carnegie Science Center, totaling an investment of $1.85 million. The sponsorship will help fund museum programming to further STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
“We want to help instill future generations with a life-long love of the sciences and passion for learning,” said Jerry MacCleary, president of Covestro LLC. “We see this sponsorship with Carnegie Science Center as a way to enrich opportunities for interactive science learning in Pittsburgh – a place we’ve called home for more than 50 years.”
The Covestro Gallery is one of the first things that Carnegie Science Center’s more than 500,000 annual visitors will be able to experience upon entering the facility. Located on the mezzanine level, the Covestro Gallery features the interactive H2Oh! exhibit focusing on Pittsburgh waterways and the science of water.
Additionally, beginning in 2016, Covestro will sponsor Carnegie Science Center’s annual science fair, which will be renamed the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair. The fair engages more than 1,100 students each year in grades 6 through 12 from 120 schools in the southwestern Pennsylvania region, who develop projects related to STEM. Held each spring, the next fair is scheduled for April 1-2, 2016.
“Covestro’s support will play an important role in bringing hands-on science education to the next generation of innovators, who will ultimately shape the future of this region,” said Ann Metzger, co-director of Carnegie Science Center. “Their commitment aligns with our own mission to educate and inspire through interactive experiences in science and technology.”
“We value partnerships with all sectors of the community,” said Ron Baillie, also co-director of the Science Center. “We are gratified by the strong support of companies like Covestro who understand the role we play in inspiring young people to consider careers in STEM fields.”
This sponsorship is part of Covestro’s corporate social responsibility initiative i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) that aims to spark curiosity, envision what could be, and help create it. The three pillars of i3 are STEM education, employee volunteerism and corporate philanthropy. In support of i3, Covestro established the Covestro Employee Engagement Institute with a grant to Robert Morris University at its Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management earlier this year.
“We have a rich tradition of giving back to our community – and partnering with organizations that share our vision to make this region a brighter place,” said MacCleary. “Our sponsorship with Carnegie Science Center allows us to build on our local commitment and ensure that the Pittsburgh region remains a thriving center of innovation and technology.”
About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business. Covestro manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. The Covestro group has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,700 people at the end of September 2015.
Find more information at www.covestro.com.
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.
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