Regional Leaders Officially Unveil New “Bayer Science Stage” at the Carnegie Science Center
Bayer celebrates by conducting hands-on science experiments with local students
(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Pittsburgh - May 5, 2011 - Bayer Corporation and Carnegie Science Center officials today unveiled the newly named and renovated “Bayer Science Stage” at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.Greg Babe, president and chief executive officer of Bayer Corporation, John Wetenhall, president of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and Ann Metzger and Ron Baillie, The Henry Buhl, Jr., Co-Directors of Carnegie Science Center, today showcased the rebranded 300-seat theater at an event for regional leaders, students, government officials and Bayer employees and volunteers. Babe declared today, “The Bayer Science Stage is a logical presence to represent our strong ties with Carnegie Science Center and also with Pittsburgh’s science community and the surrounding region. When we were given the opportunity to lend our name to the Center’s Science Stage, we didn’t hesitate to accept.” He continued, “Carnegie Science Center connects people with science. So does Bayer. It’s in keeping with our philosophy -- Bayer: Science For A Better Life.” Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) employee volunteers conducted hands-on experiments with approximately 50 area middle-school students, including “Alka- Rockets” and “Poly-Worms.” Participating students also received science experiment guides, goggles, games, t-shirts and other science give-aways. "Carnegie Science Center is proud to work with Bayer to fullfill our joint mission of inspiring and educating future scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians," said Metzger. "The Science Center is committed to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, and Bayer is a natural partner for us.” The Bayer Science Stage is located on the first floor of the Science Center. The new signage includes branded signs at each of the three entrances and within the auditorium, where more than 10,000 visitors enjoy 200-plus educational productions, shows, lectures and presentations each year. Bayer also plans to utilize the theater for company events, including public policy forums for employees, MSMS volunteer activities, employee town hall meetings, lunch ‘n learns, etc. Bayer also unveiled the new MSMS educational kiosk in the Science Center's main lobby. The kiosk provides children with a fun, interactive opportunity to learn "how a curve ball curves," "why ice cubes float," and "how a hockey puck slides so fast." “The ‘Bayer Science Stage' and new MSMS interactive kiosk will provide even more opportunities for our visitors to connect science and technology with everyday life," said Baillie.
Formalized in 1995, Making Science Make Sense is Bayer’s national award-winning initiative to advance science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education. About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes and off-site education programs. The Bayer Science Stage features a recently resurfaced 30’x20’ stage with a 12’x12’ retractable screen, and full functionality for multi-media productions as well as theatrical lighting capability. Each year, more than 10,000 visitors attend 200+ productions, shows, lectures, and presentations in this space. For example, shows like “Wheel of Science”—exploring the science of fireworks, Newton’s laws of motion, and DNA—entertain and educate hundreds of students in school groups as well as the general public throughout the year. In addition, the Science Stage is home to special lectures and meetings, such as Carnegie Science Center’s Science and Society Town Square forums . Community groups like the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh hold their meetings there. About Bayer Corporation and Making Science Make Sense®
Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. The Corporation is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its role as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. Economy, ecology and social responsibility are corporate policy objectives of equal rank. In North America, Bayer had 2010 net sales of EUR 8.23 billion ($10.86 billion) and employed 16,400 at year-end. For more information, go to www.bayerus.com. Making Science Make Sense is Bayer’s Presidential-award winning initiative that advances science literacy across the United States through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education led by astronaut, scientist and educator, Dr. Mae C. Jemison.
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