Covestro Sponsors MOE “2018 High School Green Chemistry Creativity Competition”

• Awarding a “Simple and Fun Polymer Experiment Design” Special Prize to Attract Students to explore the World of Polymers
• Welcoming all general and technical high school students in Taiwan to team up and participate
• Registration due by 30th September 2018

The concept of sustainability promotes the development of green chemistry. In order to develop the green chemistry skills and the spirit of scientific exploration and creative invention of high school students in Taiwan, Covestro Taiwan is supporting the “2018 High School Green Chemistry Creativity Competition”, jointly hosted by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau of the Environmental Protection Administration of the Executive Yuan. Awarding the special prize for "Simple and Fun Polymer Experiment Design" and subsidies for overseas study activities, we hope it can attract more students to implement green chemistry concepts such as safety, environmental protection, and sustainability into educational experiments. Covestro also plans to introduce the winning experiment into the “Covestro MagicMaterial School”, which targets the three schools for hearing-impaired students and schools in rural areas in Taiwan, to offer a richer experience in the science education of polymers.

“Covestro is one of the world's chemical industry leaders and has a comprehensive business strategy for commitment to sustainable development,” says Michael Lee, Managing Director of Covestro Taiwan. Since the commencement of the Magic Material School, Covestro has been continuously offering diversified science education resources to students with its own expertise in polymers and a long-term commitment to science education. We are deeply honored to be invited to participate in and support the 2018 High School Green Chemistry Creativity Competition, to jointly promote and instill the philosophy of green chemistry in education.

Green Chemistry Creativity Competition Call for Submissions
The creativity competition hosted by MOE this year is the first to collaborate with industry leaders. The submissions are mainly open to general and technical senior high school students. Each team is limited to 1 or 2 members, and students are encouraged to team up with students in other schools. The topic for the competition could be related to the twelve principles of green chemistry  and various green chemistry experiments relevant to daily life.

In addition to 1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze winning teams and several excellent selections in each category, Covestro Taiwan also provided the “Simple and Fun Polymer Experiment Design Special Prize” to encourage students to invent simple, safe, and fun experiments that incorporate concepts for environment friendliness, sustainability, and power-saving. The company hopes to attract more young students into the world of polymers through creative experiments suitable for senior elementary school students.

The judging process includes “initial” and “final” selections. The online application will end on 30th September 2018. The teams that pass the initial selection will receive a certificate of participation issued by MOE. The teams in the final selection will be announced on 31st October and will undergo an interview in early March of 2019. The awards ceremony to announce the winners will be held during April and May in 2019. (For more details on the event, please go to the MOE Green Chemistry Education Website

About Covestro ‘MagicMaterial School’:
Since 2014, Covestro MagicMaterial School has been offering science education activities in rural areas, and the scope of the activities have expanded to three schools for the hearing-impaired in Taiwan by 2017. The main focus of the activities is on ‘polymers’, a topic in junior high school textbooks. The dynamic and interesting plays and experiments, along with the STEM experiments design that integrates course subjects, help 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 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) at the end of 2017.

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