- After establishing the Science Club in Taichung in 2018, two more clubs for the hearing-impaired are established in Taipei and Tainan this year.
- Partners include Professors from National Cheng Kung University and National Taichung University of Education, and distinguished teachers.
Covestro To Establish Science Clubs in All Three Hearing-Impaired Schools
In order to further cultivate small seeds of scientific sense in the minds of hearing-impaired students, Covestro Taiwan announces that it is to establish “Covestro MagicMaterial School Science Clubs” in all three of the hearing-impaired schools in Taiwan, starting this semester in 2021.
The new schools follow the science club that Covestro Taiwan launched at the Taichung Special School for Students with Hearing Impairments (TSSHI) in 2018, with the help of Professor Steve Hsu, of the Department of Science Education and Application, at the National Taichung University of Education, who has been a science education consultant for Covestro since 2017. Covestro today annouces that the two new science clubs are established with the cooperation of Professor Wang-Long Li, of the Department of Material Science and Engineering, at National Cheng Kung University, and influential science teacher Jau-Fang Shiu, of the Affiliated School for Students with Hearing Impairments at the National University of Tainan (TNDSH) and Taipei School for the Hearing Impaired (TMD), respectively. Covestro Taiwan looks forward to nurturing a spirit of scientific exploration and rational thinking in the minds of children. With these new developments, we will provide hearing-impaired students with a platform for self-expression while also promoting the values of diversity and inclusion.
When we talk about “science”, we are usually referring to the learning of scientific knowledge, but this underestimates how science can spark children’s curiosity and encourage them to explore. Through a method of playing with science, we train children to think scientifically, in order to gain the ability to discover, think about, and then solve problems. Since teachers with both a professional scientific background and the ability to speak sign language are rare, schools for hearing-impaired students have been always short of scientific educational resources, especially in comparison with others.
“Long-term companionship is crucial in any form of science education, Ovid Tzeng, the former Minister of the Council for Cultural Affairs, at the Executive Yuan once said, ‘We need to protect science as a human right, closing gaps in knowledge. No one should be left behind due to a lack of educational resources,” said Professor Wang-Long Li, of the Department of Material Science and Engineering, at National Cheng Kung University. “If you don’t get your hands dirty, you cannot enjoy the beauty of science. Let’s encourage hearing-impaired children to play with science together!”
‘Covestro MagicMaterial School Science Club’ aims to plant small seeds of science in the minds of hearing-impaired students. These students will be the Science Ambassadors at Parent-Child Inclusive Science Events during School Anniversaries or Mother's Day Activities, inviting parents to witness their children's growth,” said Michael Lee. “Covestro will also encourage these children to be Science and D&I Ambassadors at ‘Covestro MagicMaterial School’, where they will lead children who are and are not hearing-impaired to conduct magic tricks with science. We also expect to have the chance to participate in the ‘Science Train Across Taiwan’, which will be held by the Ministry of Science and Technology, to allow both children and adults to learn science from hearing-impaired children and to experience the meaning of diversity and inclusion while playing with science.”
“We sincerely appreciate Covestro Taiwan for its non-stop dedication to our students. This time, with the support of professional science teachers, we can establish the first science club in the school. As the Principal of the school, I look forward to seeing students thinking outside the box, challenging themselves, and learning about the spirit of research and observation through hands-on experiments. With the abundant activities that Covestro Taiwan has planned for the future, I believe that students will be lights on the stage,” said Dr. Li-Hua Chao, the Principal of the Taipei School for the Hearing Impaired.
“Having the capacity for ‘scientific thinking’ will be a great help in adapting to the technological society of the future,” said Michael Lee, Managing Director of Covestro Taiwan. “We hope to ignite an enthusiasm for science in hearing-impaired students through the science club, and let these hearing-impaired students shine on all of the platforms or channels that are planned by Covestro Taiwan, and create an inclusive society by inviting children with and without disabilities to join in and witness.”
Through the planning of the curriculum, the ability to explore and practice is cultivated by the “Covestro MagicMaterial School Science Club”. There is a strong connection between the theme of each experiment and real life, so that students are able to relate to the knowledge. For example, the course at TMD will use magic props, scientific toys, food science, and other themes, together with physical chemistry courses. The topic of the first lesson is friction, and adopting the POE (prediction-observation-interpretation) teaching strategy will result in students understanding the scientific principles behind those experiments. As for TNDSH, the course will start with mechanics, optics, magnetism, and simple chemistry, enabling students to learn with games relating to daily life. And the course at TSSHI will start with various natural phenomena in daily life, which students will gradually explore by means of in-depth discussions. The science club at TNDSH is holding its lessons in a normal classroom at the moment, but after the science laboratory that has been donated by Covestro Taiwan is completed in May, these lessons will be transferred to the new classroom.
About the Covestro “MagicMaterial School”
Everyone should be treated with equal respect. Covestro aims to foster a passion for science in every student’s heart, through the magic of a fun science programme, as well as to enable children to learn to respect each other, to express empathy and compassion, and to understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. Two series of CSR initiatives have been developed from this concept, starting in 2014 and 2019, respectively. The first series, which is designed to reduce inequality for hearing-impaired children, involves the annual “MagicMaterial School” and “Covestro Science Club”, which run throughout the semester and are officially listed as an optional lesson. The second is the “Grandparent-Grandchild Science Camp”, which aims to reduce the distance between grandparents and grandchildren, as well as encouraging lifelong learning. Both series draw upon the company's expertise in science. A total of 1,302 people have been assisted by 291 volunteers over the past six years. We believe that diversity, inclusion, harmony, and sustainable development are what constitutes a promising future for both society and our children.