On November 8, Henkel initiated an expansion of its Henkel Researchers’ World program at various Henkel sites in North America in honor of National STEM Day. The firm organized two Henkel Researchers’ World events for elementary school children who are family members of Henkel employees in New Jersey and California, as well as gave $10,000 to assist STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education in local public schools.
Young family members of Henkel employees took part in engaging scientific courses led by research and development experts at the company’s Bridgewater, NJ and Culver City, CA locations. The onsite activities were inspired by Henkel’s flagship worldwide education effort, Henkel Researchers’ World. The interactive scientific lessons included projects in which children learned how adhesives work, how to produce paper from recycled materials, how surface tension relates to soap formulation, and other topics.
Henkel Researchers’ World was introduced globally 12 years ago to introduce elementary school children to the world of science through hands-on interactive experiments and to position them in the role of an actual researcher in order to spark scientific curiosity, reaching over 90,000 children to date. Henkel will open North America’s first dedicated Henkel Researchers’ World classroom in Stamford, CT, in 2021, bringing the program to approximately 3,000 youngsters in the United States to date.
Henkel provided $10,000 to teachers pursuing STEM education initiatives in the Bridgewater and Culver City communities as part of its STEM Day sponsorship. The donation funded projects that will benefit 35 teachers and serve nearly 5,000 students, with goals such as purchasing new graphing calculators for a statistics class, upgrading technology in a robotics lab, constructing a roller coaster to demonstrate physics laws, adding sensory learning materials to elementary STEM programs, and more.