BASF sponsored an interactive science experience for local students through the Trailblazer II traveling science program, offering hands-on learning activities for students to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
The event was held at the BASF location in Beaumont on Friday, March 7. Trailblazer II is a trailer equipped with exhibits focusing on space, energy, weather, aerodynamics and biotechnology. BASF provided funds to the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) to bring the science-on-wheels learning experience to fifth grade students from Pietzsch-MacArthur, Blanchette and Martin Elementary schools in the Beaumont Independent School District.
“Encouraging young students to take interest in STEM careers is vitally important to the Texas economy and the development of our state’s future leaders,” said Debbie Dalley, site manager for BASF in Beaumont. “We are pleased to support TAME and this innovative program which incorporates fun and excitement with hands on learning to make STEM subjects more accessible to students.”
TAME reports that more than half of the U.S. population is female, yet only 12 percent of the nation’s practicing engineers are women. In addition, less than 10 percent of engineering professionals are African-American, Hispanic or Native American, while these minority groups represent more than 25 percent of the population. The organization hopes to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and females pursuing STEM careers.
“We are pleased that BASF recognizes the value of investing in STEM education and supports our program,” said Savita Raj, executive director of TAME.
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, N.J., is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.4 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us .
—BASF press release