Bayer Commits to Providing 1 Million Hands-on Science Experiences
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Bayer Commits to Providing 1 Million Hands-on Science Experiences

Have you heard of Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS)?  It’s Bayer’s company-wide initiative that advances science literacy across the United States through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education. The program marks its 20th anniversary in 2015, and Bayer is setting its sights on a new goal to continue to spark children’s scientific imaginations. In conjunction with the anniversary, Bayer has announced a five-year commitment to providing 1 million hands-on science learning experiences for kids by 2020.

Additionally, Bayer is launching a campaign to celebrate – and say thanks! – to mentors who have helped to foster curiosity around science, while providing children with hands-on learning opportunities to inspire the next generation of science enthusiasts.

Now until October 30, Bayer is asking people of all ages to share a “thank you” message at SayTkU.com or via social media, acknowledging someone who has inspired scientific imagination and helped to make science make sense in their life. You can post a photo with a hand-written “thank you,” a short video or written message to SayTkU.com or, on your social networks using the hashtag #SayTkU.

For each “thank you” message shared, Bayer will provide a child with free admission to a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) venue, such as a trip to a local science museum, fostering hands-on science-focused exploration. These experiences are intended to not only educate, but also inspire further science-focused exploration and spread the message that science is, truly, all around us.

Bayer has partnered with Tickets for Kids® Charities on this initiative to enable more children to have access to meaningful hands-on science learning experiences within their local communities. Tickets for Kids Charities is dedicated to enriching the lives of in-need and at-risk children and families by providing access to creative, cultural and extracurricular activities that enlighten, encourage and inspire.

Whether collaborating with educators in the classroom, working with partners committed to furthering science literacy in local communities or creating mentoring opportunities with employees, Bayer will provide students around the country with opportunities to learn science by doing. Through this ongoing commitment, Bayer hopes to continue to inspire the next generation of innovators and support science literacy.

You can thank an individual - a teacher who had a knack for making science lessons exciting, an encouraging parent who nailed the role of science project sidekick, or a professional who inspired a scientific career path - for being such a great science mentor!  To share a “thank you” between now and October 30, 2015, visit SayTkU.com. To learn more about Bayer and the Making Science Make Sense initiative, like the Facebook page, or follow on Twitter or Instagram.

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