Science Education for Hearing-Impaired Students Contributes to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Covestro Taiwan Launches first MagicMaterial School Science Club at Taichung Special School for Students with Hearing Impairments

• Long-term support to foster science education for hearing impaired students • Covestro teams up with reknowed education pioneer Prof. Steve Hsu of National Taichung University
Students were surprised to find that water would not stop flowing out of the bottle because of the surface tension.
In the spirit of the ‘Covestro MagicMaterial School’, an educational science activities specifically designed for students in Taiwan, Covestro has launched the first ever “Covestro MagicMaterial School Science Club” at the Taichung Special School for Students with Hearing Impairments (TSSHI) during a launch event on March 13, attended by Micheal Lee, Managing Director of Covesgtro, Prof. Steve Hsu’s team, and Lin Li-Jung, Principal of TSSHI at the school’s premises in Taichung. This long-term project aims at supporting the school’s science and education resources. Covestro has teamed up with eminent science eduction expert/pioneer Professor Steve Hsu, Department of Science Education and Application, National Taichung University of Education, to create the Club.

“The Covestro strategy has firmly embraced a commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which set clear targets for quality education, equality, prosperity and partnerships,” said Michael Lee, Managing Director of Covestro Taiwan. “With the ‘Covestro MagicMaterial School Science Club’ we hope to strengthen and reinforce science education for hearing-impaired students and furthermore build their capacity to become science ambassadors for other students in the future. And we are thankful to professor Steve Hsu for his long-term support for the Covestro science education activities.”
Students and teacher enthusiastically discussed the scientific principles behind the experiment.
The Club aims at providing science education for hearing-impaired students who are in turn encouraged to become experiment instructors for the ongoing ‘Covestro MagicMaterial School’ science education initiative. As in the years before, Covestro volunteers, teachers and the experiement instructors will work together again in 2018 to reach out to both elementary school students and hearing-impaired students to bring exciting and easy-to-understand science experiments into their curriculum.
 
“Sign language teachers who are able to conduct science education are in high demand. TSSHI has been lacking a science teacher for a long time. This is why I am grateful to Covestro Taiwan for providing the school with valuable science education resources and for the help of renowned scholar Prof. Steve Hsu, ,” said Lin Li-Jung, Principal of TSSHI. “I hope to see the students build confidence by developing a great passion for science and in turn inspire more children to be curious about science .”

“I am deeply moved by Covestro Taiwan’s dedication to corporate social responsibility. Therefore, I want to work with Covestro to further foster science education for hearing-impaired students,” said Prof. Steve Hsu. “I hope that the easy-to-understand material design experiments will bring the kids closer to science, and encourage the Club members to pass on that spark of knowledge to their peers and their families, sharing their opinion and joy in their learning.”
In one of the water experiments, students tried to keep water droplets on the surface of the coin without spilling it.
The relationship between Golden Tripod Award winner Prof. Hsu and Covestro goes back to 2017, when he became educational consultant to Covestro while establishing the “MagicMaterial School” concept. The freshly launched Science Club will offer classes on water, mechanics, optics, magnetic force, and elementary chemistry. The classes focus on experiences from the students’ daily lives and then relate their observations to fun experitments. During the launch event, a class was held starting with a demonstration of “Separating Powder”. This was followed by three water experiments which allowed students to understand the mechanics of surface tension and how how science can manipulate surface tension. For the first semester, a total of 12 TSSHI students have already signed up to join the Covestro Science Club.

About the Covestro MagicMaterial School:
Since 2014, the MagicMaterial School has provided science education activities in rural areas. By 2017, the scope of the activities had expanded to all three hearing-impaired schools in Taiwan. The main focus of the activities is on ‘polymers’, a topic in junior high school text books. The dynamic and interesting science stage play and experiments, together with the STEM design that integrates the subjects, help to bring the teachings to life and inspire curiosity in the students. The ‘Covestro MagicMaterial School Science Experiment Club’ was created by Professor Steve Hsu and his team at the National Taichung University of Education, in 2018, following a commission from Covestro, a long-term resources in order to support hearing-impaired science education.

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 segments 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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