Building an educational platform of diversity and inclusion, Covestro turns science into a means of mutual communication

  • A science play performed by hearing-impaired and mainstream students
  • Deepening culturally diverse learning with both sign and spoken languages
  • Collaboration with Taiwan's National Taichung University of Education(NTCU)in science education again

With equality and inclusion in education, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations, have gained traction in recent years. Covestro Taiwan, a leading manufacturer of high-tech polymers that is committed to building friendly and interactive science education platforms for diverse groups, will hold the Covestro MagicMaterial School science education activity today (26 November) at Taipei and 29 November at Tainan. Students from Taipei School for the Hearing Impaired and Fuan Elementary School will take part in the science show with both sign and spoken languages. The event, supported by 62 voluteers from Covestro and NTCU plus 278 teachers and students, is also integrated with new scientific experiments in cooperation with NTCU.

 

The Covestro MagicMaterial School includes two major parts. In the first part, Covestro has invited Godot Theatre Company to mentor actors and actresses for the science play A-chi’s Hidden Secret, which also helps explain the concept of the circular economy. In the second, Little Material Magician Training, designed by Steve Hsu (Prof. of NTCU), there are easy and safe experiments such as “Care of Magical Creatures”, “Potions” and “Transfiguration”.

 

“Equality and inclusion should be incorporated into each of society’s diverse groups. With the stage show in the Covestro MagicMaterial School science education activity, we intend to create an opportunity for students to learn more from each other by embracing their differences,” said Michael Lee, Managing Director of Covestro Taiwan. It is also our honor to have Prof. Steve Hsu of NTCU for the continued collaboration with Covestro to provide science education resources for Taiwan's schools for the hearing-impaired, as well as other elementary schools with insufficient resources.

Cementing inclusion with stage play rehearsals

This year's science play is to be performed by hearing-impaired and mainstream students together for the first time, though some hearing-impaired students are taking part as actors for the third time. “I thought I could never be friends with people without hearing impairments. We don’t understand each other well,” said Yi-shan Chen, a student from Taipei School for the Hearing Impaired, who is joining the performance for the second year running. “However, by practicing the play with students from Fuan Elementary School, I found that we are not that different. Rehearsing with them and learning how to interact has been a lot of fun, and I’ve really gained so much by the participation in the play.”

 

During the three-month preparation for the play, Covestro has created opportunities for students to get together, interact and learn from each other, and helped them experience the true meaning of diversity and inclusion. Students of Fuan Elementary School had previously never met any hearing-impaired students and knew nothing about sign language, but now they’re self-motivated to learn lines in the play with sign language. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to take part in the play and I really look forward to joining students of Taipei School for the Hearing Impaired on the stage,” said Pei-xuan Chen, a student from Fuan Elementary School. During rehearsals, they’ve shown perseverance and abilities to adapt themselves and achieve something different. By taking part in the play, I want to show the world that mainstream students and those who are hearing-impaired can join hands and get together to perform a play through mutual contribution and learning from each other.”

 

Leading the students to re-explore the science world with magic

The “Little Material Magician Training” activity aims to explore the magic of science. This year in these experiments of compounds, a twist of classical magical elements is being added: Students can create their own polymer pets in the “Care of Magical Creatures” experiments, unveil the magic of mythical phenomena via “Lava Lamps” in the “Potions” experiments, and discover the astonishing visual changes that science can achieve through “Transfiguration” experiments such as “Magic Invisible Ink” and “Mystical Color-Changing Lens”.

Michelle Jou, Head of Polycarbonates at Covestro

When magic meets the circular economy

In order to enhance students’ understanding of a circular economy, Covestro is adopting the “Magic Circular” to educate students about the process of materials being used, disposed of, recycled and reused. Examples include multiple practical products and applications such as trendy sunglasses made with carbonized rice straw and recycled polycarbonates. Michelle Jou, Head of Polycarbonates at Covestro, will also join the event to inspire students about the protection of the ocean and the Earth.

 

Covestro believes in the limitless potential of every individual, including but not limited to hearing-impaired and other students. With a platform of science education activities, Covestro not only hopes to plant seeds of science in young children’s hearts but also realize greater diversity and inclusion through the interactions and communications that will occur during the event.