Science Matters to Building a Better Life

Monday, August 28, 2017
By: Ray Kerins, Bayer, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs,

Science for a Better Life: It’s our Bayer mission, and a promise that means we believe in the power of science to change the world. I’ve always thought recognizing this grand promise is the easy part—actually fulfilling it is the real challenge.

That’s why Bayer’s new collaboration with 4-H, Science Matters, is so exciting to me and to everyone else at both organizations who have worked to make it happen. We both believe that hands-on experiences can help change the lives of children across America.  By joining forces with America’s largest and farthest-reaching youth organization, we aim to spark an interest in all science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in thousands of young people living in urban and rural areas alike.

We’re taking on this program for very important reasons. Despite the growing demand for food and the need to solve health challenges for people and animals, many of America’s 26 million STEM jobs go unfilled. This is due to a lack of new STEM graduates and skilled professionals. And unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education says only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in STEM careers. Women and minority groups continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields, as well.

Our Science Matters program will bring new, hands-on STEM experiences to communities across the country. Working alongside 4-H, Bayer employee-volunteers will do what we do best: roll-up our sleeves and get our hands dirty bringing to life the promise of science.

I have no doubt that together we’re an even a stronger force to help America’s youth succeed. We’ll be working hard to help propel more of them toward STEM-related careers where they’ll become tomorrow’s innovators. Stay in the loop by visiting


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