Covestro MagicMaterial School Inspires Kids’ Interest in Science

Covestro MagicMaterial School Inspires Kids Interest in Science

Did you know that an object that has been painted with Covestro’s self-healing  coatings can repair scratches itself? All you need to do is heat up the scratch with a hair-dryer, and the broken molecule structures will be revived and repair themselves; as a result, the scratch will disappear.

In order to give 6th grade students who are going to learn about polymers in junior high school the opportunity to get an early head start, Covestro designed a CSR event called ‘Covestro MagicMaterial School’.  33 students from Sheng Ren Elementary School met on May 31st in  and learned about polymers through play, experiments and visits  to the research and development quality control room of Changhua Site of Covestro (Taiwan) Ltd.. They also studied the importance of environmental protection and safety.

Sheng Ren Elementary School is located in the northwest corner of Chunghua Hsien, it is also the smallest school that is close to the sea. The teachers and students there are just as interested in science as kids in cities. Knowing this, Covestro decided to set up the Covestro MagicMaterial School program for these students to provide them with a basic idea of how materials technology is related to our lives.  The company also designed a joyful and informative short play for them. In the play, they met characters such as Harry Covestro, who can travel through time, and characters from the cartoon Monster Watch. The play’s actors were volunteers from Covestro, trained by the Godot Theatre Company. The Plant Manager of the Chunghua site also dressed up like a Minion.  The play aimed to show the children the role that materials have played in human history and how materials science can still today make the world a brighter place.

After the play, a MagicMaterial journey and MagicMaterial magician training were arranged for kids. There were two parts in the MagicMaterial journey – including the MagicMaterial’s birth place and the MagicMaterial’s health check place. In an easy and interesting way, the journey helped the children to understand what a polymer is and how it is formed, covering themes from the materials spectrum, such as  and melting point  and tensile testing, and ending with a demonstration of how a phone case is made in order to introduce the uses of polymers.

In the MagicMaterial magician training, simple hands-on experiments were offered where the students were able to really experience the magic of materials technology, taking a closer look at the wonder of materials. The company also gave each student a self-healing demo board and a small anti-graffiti demo board. Students had the chance to experience how a scratch can be healed after heating up the board with a hair-dryer. They also drew on the anti-graffiti board, then moped it with wet wipes to see how the graffiti disappears. There was also another experiment in which the students witnessed how rigid foams and bouncing polymer clay are generated with liquid materials of different structures using various molds. The children also discovered the materials secrets behind the FIFA scoccer ball and FIFA stadiums. The Heat Demostration helped students understand how to use ecofriendly methods to descrease indoor temperatures through the example of Covestro’s plastic sheet Energy Conserving House.

Covestro (Taiwan) Co. Ltd. Managing Director, Michael Lee said “With the Covestro MagicMaterial School, we want to inspire children’s enthusiasm for science and kindle their couriosity and desire for continuous learning. Those are prerequisites to establish a spirit of research. Kids are the future of the world, we hope that with this activity we can plant the seeds of science in their mind  and also remind them to protect our earth and make our world a brighter place. “

We are delighted that Covestro offered this fabulous learning opportunity on polymers to our teachers and students. It proved to be a very interesting journey into this type of chemistry made easy to understand through hands-on experiments. It is great to see that companies like Covestro that are usually busy with business, production and research take out time to engage in corporate social responsibility initiatives. Covestro provides a good example of how a company can translate its specialty into science education for the greater good of society,” adds Kevin Chen, Principal of Sheng Ren Elementary School.  “This visit was a great success!”

It is Covestro’s vision ‘to make the world a brighter place’ and we do this with curiousity, courage and by allowing everyone to bring in their colors.

About Covestro
With 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and employs approximately 15,700 people (full-time equivalents) as of the end of 2016.

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