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Monday, October 20, 2014

Bayer donates $100K to fund N.J. student visits to STEM education lab


Written by Jessica Mazzola

EAST HANOVER — Students from a Newark middle school got a first-hand look at what they and about 7,000 other New Jersey students will experience over the next two years, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Bayer Corporation to STEM education nonprofit Students 2 Science, Inc.

Bayer President Philip Blake was joined by N.J. Senator Cory Booker and astronaut Mae Jemison – the spokesperson for the company’s Making Science Make Sense initiative – at S2S’s laboratory in East Hanover yesterday to present the organization with a $100,000 grant, the company announced.

S2S hosts students from north and central New Jersey at its lab to give kids hands-on, real-world science experiment experience. The grant will fund visits from nearly 200 schools to the lab over the next two years. About two-thirds of the students are from New Jersey Schools Development Authority schools.

Either graders from Newark’s Link Community Charter School attended the announcement yesterday, and performed four periodic table-related experiments at the lab, the company said.

Bayer Corporation President Philip Blake presents a $100,000 grant to Students2Science on October 15, 2014. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison were on hand for the event. (Courtesy Bayer Corporation)
Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

“Bayer, Students 2 Science and I all know that increased education in science, technology, engineering and math drives innovation in our communities, in our state, and throughout our country,” Booker said in the release.

“With this grant, Bayer is investing in New Jersey’s future and ensuring that our students have access to quality education in innovative fields that will help grow our economy."

Blake said in the release that he thinks other science-based companies should back STEM education initiatives.

“Students 2 Science plays an invaluable role in STEM education here and offers STEM companies throughout the region unique volunteer opportunities for their scientists and engineers. We, at Bayer, urge them to get involved.”

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