Supporting the next generation of Hawaii innovators
Sponsored by Bayer Hawaii
As agriculture continues to face many challenges including food production needs, water stresses, pest problems and more, Bayer is committed to fostering the next generation of innovators and farmers by supporting education programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Over the years, Bayer is proud to have donated more than $1.2 million dollars and have volunteered hundreds of hours to benefit students and schools throughout Hawaii. Student tours are hosted during the school year at Bayer’s Kunia Farm. Tours are also given to special interest groups like the Boy Scouts of America or groups from Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The STEM Education Center was created at the Kunia Farm in 2017 as an opportunity to provide teachers, students and other groups a resource to learn about science. For teachers, Bayer hopes to provide educational materials that they can take back to the classroom. For students, Bayer wants to provide an experience that makes learning about science fun and exciting.
Bayer tailors its tours to each specific group, depending on factors such as grade level or a specific topic that they are most interested in. Currently, Bayer provides lessons in seed germination, entomology (the study of insects), plant anatomy, understanding soil erosion and methods of mitigation, and genetics. Bayer hopes to add much more offerings in the near future through continued dialogue with the Department of Education and other groups.
For the past few years, Bayer has also been supporting the Science Symposium for Girls presented by Sacred Hearts Academy. The annual symposium features workshops with presenters on a wide range of topics, including veterinary medicine, robotics, marine biology, aviation, geology and much more. Besides sponsoring the event, employees from Bayer Hawaii are able to participate and create fun hands-on activities for the students. For the first time, Bayer we will be supporting the Sacred Hearts STEM event for high school students this year! The 2020 event is happening over two days: February 15 and 22.