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Covestro Initiates First-ever Grandparent-grandchild Science Camp in Taiwan

● Inspiring a lifetime of enthusiasm for science and bridging the gap between generations ● Collaborating with the National Taichung University of Education ● Theme of the first year’s camp: "Grandma's Magical Kitchen" ● Free registration, deadline: December 26, 2018
The Ministry of Education initiated "Grandparents' Day" to cultivate respect and care for the elderly among the general public. In support and also contribute to SDGs, Covestro Taiwan is collaborating with Professor Steve Hsu of the National Taichung University of Education to establish the "Grandparent-grandchild Science Camp”, which will take place in January 2019 with the theme "Grandma's Magical Kitchen". Free registration is now open and the deadline is December 26.

"Grandparents are the very first teachers that the younger generation get in direct contact with. The closer grandparents and grandchildren are, the less discrimination and prejudice against the elderly they will be. However, as the family structure has changed, the phenomenon of “remote grandparents and busy grandchildren” has formed as a result,” said Dr. Jiunn-rong Yeh, Minister of Education.  "The Grandma's Magical Kitchen science camp initiated by Covestro Taiwan and the university professor will unveil the secrets of science behind delicious food. This fun activity design will not only attract the elderly to learn but also give the grandchildren the chance to share their grandparents’ wisdom in scientific experiment, thus narrowing the distance between them. We would appreciate if more corporates would develop programs like this one to encourage lifetime learning and make family interaction more intimate."

“Covestro Grandparent-grandchild Science Camp” is an extension program of its renowned "MagicMaterial School" project.  The theme lets grandchildren discover that elders are, in fact, super chemists because they prepare food just like scientists do in experiments - constantly testing ingredients in different proportions to produce delicious dishes via chemical reaction. The event will include food experiments on "bloated sugar pie” (peng tang) and on other common edibles. Grandparents and their grandchildren will receive a booklet with extra science to practice together when they go home.

“Ageing society is a global trend. The purpose of the Grandparent-grandchild Science Camp is to encourage the elderly to embrace lifelong learning via fun activities. We hope that the lively experiments can create strong bonds between the grandparents and grandchildren, stir up even more love, and ignite more intellectual and emotional sparks,” said Michael Lee, Managing Director of Covestro Taiwan. “We also expect that this activity can help plant a passionate scientific seed in children." To maximise the possible interaction between grandparents and grandchildren, parents are not allowed to join the "Covestro Grandparent-grandchild Science Camp".

"It is my pleasure to create an interesting and inclusive science camp for the grandparents and grandchildren in Taiwan,” said Steve Hsu, Professor of the Department of Science Education and Application, National Taichung University of Education, as well as Covestro Taiwan’s science consultant. “I hope the event’s design will let participants realise that science is actually all around us and allow grandparents and grandchildren to play with science together at the event or at home."

The Covestro Grandparent-grandchild Science Camp has also received support from the National Taiwan Science Education Center (NTSEC), the National Science and Technology Museum (NSTM), and the Changhua Youth and Child Welfare Service Center (CHYCWSC), all of which serve as co-organisers of the Camp.

"NTSEC has hosted activities like “hammering the natural dyes” of “Grandparents Day” each year which aims to creating interactive space between grandparents and grandchildren via fun activities,” said Hsuch-Yu Chen, Director General of NTSEC. “Hopefully, this science camp will enable people to relive the love and warmth of their grandparents and explore and experience the fun of science."

Shiunn-Shyang Chen, Director General of NTSM said "NSTM is committed to promoting all-round science education for children and adults alike. Thus, we partner with Covestro to help strengthen the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren and promote science education through scientific activities that are innovative and relevant to everyday life,"

The President of Changhua YMCA, Hsin-Yi Hsu, who operated CHYCWSC said "Supporting disadvantaged families, including many grandparenting families, is one of the services in our field. I am glad to have this opportunity to cooperate with Covestro Taiwan and provide grandparents and grandchildren of disadvantaged families with such special and creative scientific activities."

This event was also sponsored by the illustrator Zhen-Fu Chang, who has previously participated in Covestro’s Anti-graffiti Green Home CSR project.  "I hope my illustration can show the grandparents and grandchildren the laughter this science camp can bring them and attract more families to register for the program."

The Covestro Grandparent-grandchild Science Camp will be held on the weekend in Taipei, Changhua and Kaoshiung in January 2019. The grandparent and their grandchild can register as a team.  The program is free of charge and will put families of low- and middle-income households in a higher priority if the registration is full.  The deadline of the registration is December 26.

Registration website is as below:

About Covestro “MagicMaterial School”:
Since 2014, Covestro MagicMaterial School has offered science education activities in rural areas, including three schools for the hearing-impaired in Taiwan since 2016. The main focus is on “polymers”, a topic in junior high school textbooks. The dynamic and interesting play and experiments, along with the STEM experiments’ design that integrates course subjects, helps cultivate students’ interest in science. The science education club “Covestro MagicMaterial School Science Club” was commissioned by Covestro Taiwan and created by Steve Hsu, Professor of National Taichung University of Education and his team at Taichung Special School for The Students with Hearing Impairments in 2018, hoping to introduce long-term resources to science education for the hearing-impaired.

About Covestro:
With 2017 sales of EUR 14.1 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 that are used in many areas of daily life. The main sectors served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health, and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 16,200 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) as at the end of 2017.

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