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When more than 30 local teachers return to the classroom this year, they will be equipped with new resources to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum fun for their students thanks to the Arkema Science Teacher Program.

Over the summer, Arkema held its annual Science Teacher Program at sites throughout the United States including King of Prussia, Pa.; Calvert City, Ky.; Cary, N.C.; Chatham, Va.; Dublin, Ohio; Geneseo, N.Y.; Torrance, Ca., and Beaumont and Houston sites in Texas.

Arkema’s scientifically trained mentors led teachers through hands-on lessons using STEM classroom kits on topics such as living systems, rocks and minerals, energy systems, beginners’ science, and more. All kits used in the program meet national science education standards and provide teachers with eight weeks of science curriculum for the school year. Participating teachers and their schools also receive donations to purchase additional science experiment supplies for their classrooms, as well as ongoing mentoring from the Arkema team.
The Arkema Science Teacher program, designed for teachers of grades three to six, aims to inspire more young people to pursue careers in STEM fields. In 2021, there were nearly 10 million workers in STEM occupations and this total is projected to grow by almost 11% by 2031, over two times faster than the total for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections.
“We were pleased to host local science teachers at the Calvert City plant. It is a focus point for us to promote STEM and manufacturing careers to students,” said Carl Stewart, plant manager at Arkema’s Calvert City site. “Hosting this program allows us to spend three days with teachers and not only provide them with an all-inclusive kit for their school, but also stress the importance for students to consider careers in STEM and manufacturing. The advantages of this program are many, such as connecting with the community, promoting our industry, and providing valuable teaching resources to local schools.”
Since 1996, the award-winning Arkema Science Teacher Program has invested millions of dollars, benefitting hundreds of teachers and thousands of students. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility program, Arkema is committed to giving back to the communities in which it operates, and the Science Teacher Program is a key program in the United States.
Learn more about the Science Teacher Program.