Henkel, a leading manufacturer of well-known consumer and industrial brands, such as Dial soap and All laundry detergent, announced Wednesday that it is celebrating National STEM Day with an expansion of its Henkel Researchers’ World program at select Henkel sites in North America – including Bridgewater.
The company hosted Henkel Researchers’ World events for elementary school children in New Jersey (and California) who are family members of Henkel employees. As part of its STEM Day support, Henkel is donating $10,000 through DonorsChoose to aid teachers who are pursuing STEM education programs in the Bridgewater and Culver City areas. The donations are funding projects that will serve 35 teachers and nearly 5,000 students.
Funded projects include purchasing new graphing calculators for a statistics class, elevating the technology in a robotics lab, building a roller coaster to demonstrate the laws of physics, adding sensory learning materials to elementary STEM programs and more.
The onsite activities at the Henkel site in Bridgewater were inspired by the curriculum of Henkel’s signature global education initiative Henkel Researchers’ World. Interactive science lessons will include experiments for children to learn about how adhesives function, how to make paper from recycled materials, how surface tension relates to the formulation of soap and more.
“Through hands on science and sustainability lessons, we are helping to inspire the next generation of pioneers,” Jennifer Schiavone, VP of corporate communications, Americas, said.’
“Henkel Researchers’ World provides an engaging, interactive resource to help build curiosity around STEM in local communities. With the help of DonorsChoose, we are thrilled to also directly support teachers in their own efforts to nurture a love for STEM in their classrooms.”
Henkel Researchers’ World was launched globally 12 years ago to introduce elementary school children to the world of science through hands-on interactive experiments and place them in the role of an actual researcher to inspire curiosity in science, reaching more than 90,000 children to date.
In 2021, Henkel opened North America’s first dedicated Henkel Researchers’ World classroom in Stamford, CT, bringing the program to nearly 3,000 U.S. children to date.