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Arkema and Local Teachers Working Together Towards a Better STEM Future
 
 
Haley Russell and Maria Hines model pollen transfer. (HLOE teachers)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marty Barks and Ashley Pope of Reidland Elementary study Millipedes and habitats with Chris Farley and Alexis Henson of Arkema. 
 
 
Arkema Inc.’s Science Teacher Program provides local teachers with the knowledge and tools to bring science to life in the classroom. This program recognizes that, in today’s world, one of the best ways to set a child up for success in the future is to provide a strong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

According to the Pew Research Center, those who work full-time in a STEM related field, on average, out-earn those in non-STEM related fields by roughly 25 percent. They have also found that STEM training is associated with higher earnings, whether or not the individual is working in a STEM occupation. STEM education is clearly crucial to helping students be more successful in the future.

Since 1996, the Arkema Science Teachers Program has benefitted hundreds of teachers and thousands of students all across the United States. The program hosts a small group of local elementary and middle school teachers (grades 3 – 6) at a variety of Arkema sites for three-to-five days.

Teachers work side by side with Arkema research scientists in a variety of hands-on experiments using a science kit that contains teaching aids and tools related to specific scientific topics that include life, earth, and physical science and technology. All kits used in the program meet national science education standards and provide teachers with eight weeks of science curriculum.

This year, Arkema’s Calvert City site in Calvert City, Kentucky, hosted six teachers on June 26–28. Teachers participating were Ashley Pope and Marty Barks (Reidland Elementary), Matt Wyman and Jennifer Beyer (McNabb Elementary), and Haley Russell and Maria Hines (Hendron Lone Oak Elementary). Across the country, 14 Arkema sites are hosting more than 80 teachers, giving priority to applicants from lower income school districts. Upon completion of the program, teachers and schools are rewarded with a small cash award that they can use to further support their science education by purchasing things such as supplies and textbooks.

“This program is a great opportunity for Arkema to connect with and give back to the community,” Jeff Hall, plant manager for Arkema’s Calvert City site. “We hope the teachers can absorb knowledge of how STEM disciplines apply in a real-world workplace, and pass that on to their students. The program is aimed at teachers of grades 3 to 6 who typically don’t have extensive STEM education themselves. And these years for students are especially crucial for developing interest in these fields.” 

“STEM education creates opportunity because STEM fields represent a critical economic driver,” said Janet Smith, Director of Communication for Arkema. “The STEM fields are driving businesses to reach new levels of innovation and competition. We are always on the lookout for scientists, engineers, and talent with strong STEM skills to push us to new levels. Careers and jobs in these STEM fields also tend to be well paid and are growing in every industry.” 

In addition to the Science Teacher Program, many Arkema sites support local education by offering internship opportunities, funding scholarships, hosting students to visit our plants, or sending scientists and engineers to speak at local schools. These efforts are part of Arkema’s Common Ground® program, which focuses on building relationships based on mutual knowledge and trust within the communities in which we operate.

A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans High Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties and Coating Solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.3 billion in 2017, we employ around 20,000 people worldwide and operate in some 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation. www.arkema.com 
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