FMC Awards Funds to School Teachers to Inspire Science Lessons and Careers
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Students' cheers rang through the
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's auditorium as two teachers
accepted $500 gift certificates to buy science equipment and materials
courtesy of the FMC Corporation. The teachers were randomly selected during
FMC's STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Career Day, which was
funded through a $25,000 grant from FMC.
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About 15 FMC scientists traveled to the Academy in Philadelphia to help
squealing students hold cockroaches, shoot lasers, and look at colorful
collections of insects from around the world. The goal: to excite 1,200 middle
school students about science and inspire them to pursue careers in chemistry,
biology, agriculture, technology and engineering. In addition to the FMC
scientists' experiments, the Academy hosted additional activities and provided
teacher chaperones with resources to help integrate math and science into
their regular curriculums.
With the Philadelphia School District facing a $250 million budget deficit,
resources are scarce for hands-on science activities. Research shows that
unless students are 'hooked on' math and science by grades 6-8, they may never
become interested, according to the Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition.
"Educating kids about science and math is important to the future of our city
and our nation. Teachers can spark students' interest in fields such as
biology or chemistry. We're providing the resources to help inspire future
engineers, researchers, and technologists," said Barbara Del Duke, FMC's
senior manager of public affairs and community relations.
The STEM Career Days grant followed FMC's expansion of its internship program
in response to a challenge from the National Association of Manufacturers to
engage more college students in career opportunities in the fields of science,
technology, engineering, and math.
About FMC Corporation
FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) is a diversified chemical company serving
agricultural, industrial, environmental and consumer markets globally for more
than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products.
In 2011, FMC had annual sales of approximately $3.4 billion.The company
employs approximately 5,500 people throughout the world, and operates its
businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and
Industrial Chemicals. For more information, visit www.FMC.com.
SOURCE FMC Corporation
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