“Wow! I didn't know gratings looked like this! And we can have a light spectrum experitment with just a laser disc and a laser pen!” “Have you ever seen colorful milk dance?” These were some of the surprised reactions among the more than 200 hearing-impaired students from three special schools across Taiwan to the specially tailored, playful and creative science experiments that “Covestro’s MagicMaterial School” education program brought to them between June 2-7, 2017. In order to offer hearing-impaired students extra-curricular learning methods and to plant seeds of science in their young minds, Covestro tailored their established “Covestro’s MagicMaterial School” education program for students of the Taipei School for the Hearing Impaired, the Taichung Special Education School and the Affiliated Hearing Impaired School of the National University of Tainan. Under the exclusive advisory of Professor Steve Hsu, a prolific publisher on scientific games and professor at the Department of Science Education and Application, National Taichung University of Education, suitable scientific experiments were specially created to meet the needs of the students. In addition, the Godot Theatre Company directed the students in a science play.
The special “Covestro MagicMaterial School” program conveyed concepts of energy-saving, environmental protection, protection of our planet and safety through the science play. “We wanted to ignite the young students’ passion for science through “Covestro’s MagicMaterial School” science education program. We want to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals where quality education, equality and partnerships are important elements. With our activity we hope to encourage this group of special-needs children to embrace their numerous possibilities and to understand the role they can play in protecting our planet,” said Michael Lee, Managing Director of Covestro Taiwan.
Professor Steve Hsu who immediately signed onto the task when asked for his help said: “I'm moved by the spirit with which Covestro translate their corporate social responsibility and their expertise into scientific education for children; it is the main reason why I have not hesitated in becoming the advisor for the creation of the special experiments.” The experiments of the Covestro MagicMaterial School included transforming every-day surrounding materials into new compounds and a journey to the “Chemistry Magic Kingdom” where students created a rainbow fountain or saw milk dancing.