Bayer and National 4-H Council introduce “Science Matters,” a groundbreaking program to empower young people to lead in science

“Science Matters” is inspired by Bayer and 4-H’s shared vision to grow the pipeline of tomorrow’s innovators in every community -big and small, rural and urban. The program seeks to cultivate curiosity, creativity, and problem solving in science. The program’s goal is to reach and impact 25,000 youth–to grow the next generation of leaders our communities need to change the world for the better.

Showing how ‘Science Matters’ in three steps:

  • Science for today: Broadening the youth perspective and sparking interest in agri-science by showing how science is connected to our food, animals and health
  • Science for tomorrow: Investing in the future of agri-science industries by empowering youth to further their skills development and pursuit of agri-science careers.
  • Science for a generation: Investing in the communities by empowering youth and engaging employees to lead initiatives that set up holistic, long-term solutions for community problems.

Bayer, 4-H to Grow Tomorrow’s Science Leaders
Collaboration will fuel passion for science among young people nationwide and cultivate the next generation of innovators shaping agriculture, food and health
Decatur, Ill. (Aug. 29, 2017) – Bayer and National 4-H Council amplified their commitment to the future of our rapidly expanding global population by launching a new effort to grow the pipeline of tomorrow’s innovators, starting now. The two organizations announced today a nationwide collaboration, Science Matters, which will address the need for an enhanced STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce by planting a love of scientific exploration in thousands of youth in urban and rural areas across the country.

Science Matters will leverage Bayer’s more than 150 years of scientific breakthroughs and 4-H’s century of hands-on learning to equip more than 25,000 youth with tools and support they need to deepen their understanding of science.

“Advancing health and nutrition is what we do best and care about most at Bayer,” said Ray Kerins, Bayer’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and a former 4-H’er. “We can’t do that unless we grow tomorrow’s innovators today and fill the critical pipeline of future STEM leaders—not only for agriculture, which is increasingly technologically-driven, but for all STEM-related fields. Bayer sees this as a sacred responsibility and we’re proud to work with 4-H, a first-class organization that shares this vision,” he said.

Science Matters will bring together 4-H leaders with Bayer employees to work alongside young people demonstrating why science matters to all of us. In addition, Bayer will sponsor the 4-H Agri-Science Summit in Washington, D.C., where students will learn about modern agriculture, careers in agriculture and gain more than 30 hours of hands-on learning and problem-solving experience. Bayer will also provide as many as 200 scholarships and offer community grants to extend the program’s impact. And Bayer’s continued sponsorship of the 4-H Youth in Action Award will add yet another dimension to Science Matters.

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