Dow Chemical

Why is your company signing the Commitment to Excellence?

Dow has identified STEM education as a core priority, focusing both financial support and employee involvement on the development of future generations of innovators. Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris has been a leading voice in promoting advanced manufacturing as the best path to American prosperity, and this strategy relies on motivated, well-trained people.  Change The Equation’s Commitment to Excellence spells out a set of STEM priorities that promise the potential to combine efforts with many similarly focused organizations that will benefit students, teachers and business.

What are your company’s specific PreK-12 STEM interests (e.g. computer programming, robotics, engineering, etc.)?

As one of the world’s largest science-based companies, Dow relies on people with skills from across the STEM spectrum. Chemistry is the foundation on which our company was founded and grew world renowned expertise in all areas of discovery. This same passion for science will create the innovations needed to continue driving our company into the future.  

What PreK-12 STEM programs, particularly those contained in STEMworks, does your company support?

Dow supports programs that do four things: support teachers, engage students, empower workers and advocate for change. We recently began a new partnership with Project Lead the Way, because of its success in providing students with hands-on experiences that develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Each year, more than 150 new science teachers from across the country are selected as Dow fellows for extensive training and support through the National Science Teachers Association.  Dow’s Fast Start program allows students at several sites around the U.S. to apply their learning to real-world jobs right away. We support a long list of other worthwhile programs, including You Be The Chemist, 100K in 10, the Smithsonian Institute, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), FIRST Robotics and many more.

Please share ways in which your company collaborates with state/local organizations or other companies around STEM learning.

Dow believes collaboration is the best way to achieve success.  We know that when the best thinking comes together for change, the impact is exceptional. The company has multiple collaborations with strategic partners. Three years ago, Dow announced a significant education commitment to NSTA, YBTC and Louisiana Technical College via Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), and has since used the collaboration as a launch point for other initiatives. Through working with organizations like STEMConnector, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), NSBE and others, Dow promotes interest in and access to STEM careers. To engage our customers in the STEM transformation, Dow is hosting a customer summit that shares critical priorities and brings together the best thinking on how to solve STEM challenges. We currently are supporting a comprehensive study of STEM programs in Michigan that is home to our corporate headquarters and local manufacturing site. Our colleagues at sites across North America engage in countless efforts – in collaboration with local school districts, city and county governments and nonprofit organizations – to make science fun for students of all ages.