Encouraging Senior High School Students to Explore Science, Covestro Taiwan Sponsors the MoE’s “Green Chemistry Competition”

  • Offering a special prize to encourage students to explore chemistry with sustainability in mind.
  • The winning team will receive overseas travel subsidies in order to attend green chemical-related forum.
  • High school students from across Taiwan can team up and participate.
  • Online registration deadline: 30 September 2020.

As awareness of the need to protect our environment by living in a sustainable way has been on the rise, “Green Chemistry” has become a topic that society can no longer to ignore. In order to deepen the concept of green chemistry design among high school students in Taiwan, the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) of the Executive Yuan are jointly hosting the “2020 High School Green Chemistry Creativity Competition”. As the exclusive sponsor, Covestro Taiwan will offer the team that wins the special award with an international outlook via overseas travel subsidies for attending green chemical-related forum. Following by the company’s other CSR initiatives in the STEM and environmental protection fields, including the "MagicMaterial School", the "Grandparent-Grandchild science camp", the "Ocean Protection Storytelling Project", and the "We Care” project, the “Green Chemical Competition” sponsorship shows Covestro’s commitment in sustainability education.

 

“We are glad to have Covestro Taiwan supporting the green chemistry competition again this year,” said Bor-Chen Kuo, Director of Department of Information and Technology Education, Ministry of Education. “We hope that this collaboration between the government, the chemical industry, and schools will encourage students to value green chemistry and produce some creative ideas.”

 

“Sustainable development is part of Covestro’s 360 degree strategy,” said Michael Lee, Managing Director of Covestro Taiwan. “We feel honored to be invited in this meaningful green chemistry creativity competition with the MoE and EPA, bringing a sustainability mindset into education and planting a seed of hope for our planet again.”

 

Breaking New Ground in Sustainability

Green Chemistry Creativity Competition Call for Submissions

Hosted by the MoE and EPA, the competition provides an excellent platform for students to exchange viewpoints and share their ideas. The programme is designed for senior high school students, in teams of up to three members. The twelve principles of green chemistry is the winning criteria for the awards. There will be Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards for each category, as well as several excellent selections. In addition, a special award will be selected by Covestro Taiwan based on how the team displays the most sustainability in the polymer or chemistry field. The award winning team will be offered subsidies for overseas travel in the green chemicals study field.

 

The judging process will include “initial” and “final” selections. Online registration is open now, until 30 September 2020. The teams that make the initial selection will receive a Certificate of Participation from the MoE. Winners will be annouced on March 2021 at the award ceremony. (For more information about the competition, please visit the MoE’s Green Chemistry Education Website, http://chem.moe.edu.tw/green/News.)

 

About the Covestro “MagicMaterial School”

Since 2014, the Covestro MagicMaterial School has been offering science education activities in rural areas, with the scope of the activities expanding to three schools for the hearing-impaired in 2017. Two further mainstream elementary schools joined in 2018, with the result that this STEM CSR turned into a D&I platform for both hearing-impaired students and children without hearing losses. The dynamic and interesting plays that were staged, together with the follow up STEM experiments, encouraged students to develop an interest in science as well as the learning the importance of diversity and inclusion throughout the program design. In 2018, Covestro Taiwan further established the Covestro MagicMaterial School Science Club” at Taichung Special School for Students with Hearing Impairments, hoping to bring long-term resources to science education for the hearing-impaired. Professor Steve Hsu of Taichung Education University has also been a science and education consultant for Covestro since 2017, guiding and designing all of the science-related experiments for Covestro.

 

About the Covestro “Grandparent-Grandchild Science Camp”

As ageing is a global trend, Covestro established the “Grandparent-Grandchild Science Camp” in 2019, with the expection of promoting lifetime learning and closing the gaps between grandparents and grandchildren. This is another D&I and STEM CSR initiative of Covestro Taiwan.

 

About the Covestro “Ocean Protection Storytelling Project”

Starting in 2017, on World Ocean Day, this project is based on the theme of prevention education, covering the topics of marine debris and waste management, and combining these with the 3R principle of "reduce, reuse, recycle", through Covestro’s copyrighted “Bright Minds for a Brighter World” bilingual picture book. The project received endorsements from various government bodies in Taiwan, including the Minister of Education, the Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration, the Director General of the Construction and Planning Agency, and the Director General of the Forestry Bureau. The project was also supported by National Parks and National Museums across Taiwan. In 2019, the picture book was turned into a bilingual app, featuring lots of interactive features, and it once ranked in the top 40 on the Apple Store.

 

About the Covestro “We Care” Project

Starting in 2012, the “We Care” project aimed at solving the environmental problems that non-profit organizations face, by combining the use of Covestro's materials with the support of Covestro’s customers.