“The bottom line is that supporting ASSET makes good business sense for a STEM company like Bayer. Not only are we helping to nurture and develop a scientifically literate American citizenry, but also the next generation of inventors, innovators and discoverers who are critical to our company’s long-term success.”
-- Gregory S. Babe, former President & Chief Executive Officer, Bayer Corporation and Bayer Material Science, LLC
ASSET's excellent hands-on educational materials have reached more than 7,000 Pennsylvania teachers and 225,000 students. Students of ASSET teachers spend more classroom time on science, score significantly higher on standard tests, and report more interest in the subject. ASSET has aspirations to reach almost 250,000 teachers and millions of students in the next ten years.
Established by Bayer Corporation and several community partners in 1994, all of ASSET's programs are results-oriented, research- and inquiry-based and align with national and state standards. Since its inception, ASSET has commissioned independent evaluations that have consistently shown a positive effect on teacher development and student achievement. Based on its track record, ASSET was recently named the Pennsylvania representative to Battelle's STEMx national network. In 2010, ASSET was selected as one of the first-round recipients of a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation Grant to validate its model in rural and high-needs schools. From 2006-2011, ASSET designed and implemented the statewide Science: It's Elementary initiative in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
It costs roughly $4 million over three years to train 1,000 new teachers who in turn reach 30,000 students, which amounts to just over $135 per student.
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.