Can fun and learning go hand in hand? They can in Baylabs. This applies to schoolchildren of all ages – thanks to programs tailored to the individual age groups. Under the guidance of experts, participants are given an insight into how science is put into practice. They find out how to use innovative ideas to solve tasks and how to develop solutions that benefit society. This complements what the children learn at school and encourages them to see how making discoveries can be fun. It links an understanding of science with their immediate environment.
Bayer is well aware that sound scientific expertise is essential for meeting the challenges of the future. That’s why the company is increasingly gearing its strategy towards the promotion and strengthening of general education and research in addition to its own research activities. The aim is to awaken an interest in science among young people at an early age and to encourage their development. Bayer wants to bring children into direct contact with the practical world of science, to allow them to experience the joy of discovery, and to support their individual skills during their education. And that’s where the Baylabs come into play. This is just one of the modules with which the inventor company Bayer is fulfilling its role as a good corporate citizen.
The company’s commitment to school education in Germany is based on three pillars. In addition to promoting education through the various Baylabs, the Bayer Science & Education Foundation also supports innovative projects at schools, which are designed to make science lessons more appealing. What’s more, Bayer has also been a partner in the “Jugend forscht” competition for young researchers for several decades.
One of Bayer’s international projects for the promotion of education is its “Making Science Make Sense” initiative. In the United States, where the initiative was launched back in 1995, Bayer employees regularly go into elementary schools on a voluntary basis to help shape lessons with the aim of boosting the appeal of science through exciting experiments. Thanks to the success of this initiative in the United States, Bayer is introducing similar programs in Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.