Chemistry Lights Up Diversity

Covestro MagicMaterial School

Building Self Confidence with Chemistry Experiments

Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. We launched MagicMaterial School with polymesr as a core in the activity targeted all the junior high school students with a hearing impairment in Taiwan aiming to bring life and chemistry closer together and put chemistry into practice rather than leaving it only as an academic subject. We expect to bring kids into the world of polymers and build their confidence in easy, safe and playful experiments.

Covestro established MagicMaterial School in Taiwan in 2014 with the aim of nurturing kids’ interest in chemistry. Originally, we targeted elementary school students but later, in 2017, we decided to shift our focus to hearing impaired students and firstly collaborated with science scholars, theatre directors and customers from Covestro's supply chain to bring science education resources to three schools for hearing impaired students in Taiwan and help their kids perform on the science stage show. So far, the program has been brought to Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung every year and won the greatest support and engagement from related faculties, Covestro volunteers as well as clients and other partners.

Why did we launch Covestro MagicMaterial School?

In 2017, Covestro Taiwan launched the MagicMaterial School program and it not only received the fullest support from the employees in Covestro Taiwan but also many of our clients. Furthermore, the academic units, media, kids, parents and faculties also acknowledged for our efforts.

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We expect to plant the seed of science into kids’ mind with conducting several scientific activities, leading them to explore how materials can make the world a brighter place and teaching them the importance of safety and environment protection. Besides, we also expect to provide a platform to encourage hearing impaired children to express themselves, build self-affirmation and further promote diversity and inclusion.

The program includes these activities:

MagicMaterial School
Hearing impaired perform on stage at the Covestro MagicMaterial School

“MagicMaterial School” is the first program for scientific activities in Taiwan targeting those junior high school students with a hearing impairment. This activity includes scientific experiments and theatrical performance. We expect to bring chemistry into kids’ lives and raise their interest in science with basic knowledge of polymer and the experiments as well as on-stage performance to deliver the concept of environment protection.

Science Club
Scientific experiments for kids at the science club of Covestro MagicMaterial School

Due to the lack of scientific education in sign language teachers, Taichung Special Education School for The Hearing Impaired doesn't have the resources of physics and chemical teachers, thus they can’t even use their science lab for courses, which restricts the hearing impaired students to the equality of education resources. To deal with this situation, Covestro teams up with the Department of Science Education and Application of National Taichung University of Education to hold a long-term science club with plenty of physics and chemical courses as well as experiments for the school with hearing impaired students.