Making Science Make Sense: A Bayer Scientific Literacy initiative

Monday, February 27, 2012

New technologies, concepts and increasing global market competition continue to demand a workforce that is flexible, scientifically literate and equipped with the critical thinking, problem-solving and team working skills fostered by a quality science education. Bayer is committed to helping foster a scientifically literate citizenry through a nationwide campaign promoting hands-on, inquiry based science education.

Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense program uses a number of effective tools to engage the entire community of parents, businesses, civic leaders and the general public:

  • Bayer Facts of Science Education Survey: polls of parents, teachers, students, school principals, college deans, scientists and business executives to gauge the state of science education in the United States

  • Bayer Science Literacy Advocate Dr. Mae C. Jemison: Physician, scientist, educator and the nation’s first African-American female astronaut to orbit the Earth, Dr. Jemison along with Bayer executives, visits Bayer site communities and highlights the importance of science literacy and science education reform.

  • Making Science Make Sense Experiment Guide: a free, informative booklet of fun and easy experiments for parents and teachers

  • Making Science Make Sense Web Site,

At the core of Making Science Make Sense is a fundamental change in how science is taught. To this end, Bayer has spearheaded seven systemic reform initiatives that are changing the way teachers teach and students learn science in local communities, including Pittsburgh, Pa.; New Haven, Conn.; Kansas City, Mo.; Elkhart, Ind.; New Martinsville, W.Va.; Charleston, S.C. and Clayton, N.C.

Some of our partners include:

  • American Association for Advancement of Science

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Resources Center

  • National Science Teachers Association

  • US Department of Education

Tell us what you think: what can the agriculture community do to support scientific literacy for your local schools or community?


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