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Dow Commemorates Five Year Partnership with the Philadelphia Science Festival

By Business Wire News   


As the Presenting Sponsor of the Philadelphia Science Festival, a nine-day community-wide celebration of science and technology, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by leveraging the Company’s partnerships to showcase how science enables sports. Since the Festival’s 2011 inception, Dow, in coordination with The Franklin Institute and Philadelphia’s science, cultural, and educational institutions, has supported this region-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

“Greater Philadelphia is an innovation hub for Dow, and we are proud to once again serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the Philadelphia Science Festival,” said Jane Palmieri, business president, Dow Building and Construction and executive corporate board member, The Franklin Institute. “We believe there is no better way to get students excited about science than through hands-on learning opportunities.”

This year, Dow brings STEM to life through the science of sports, presenting “Where Science Can Take You,” a series of hands-on activities focused on four hubs of interests:

  • USA Luge, including Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin, the first American (male or female) to take home a medal in the individual Olympic luge competition and her Dow-engineered sled.
  • Richard Childress Racing (RCR) No. 3 Dow Chevrolet from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
  • Sport Surfaces enabled with Dow innovations bring to life how technology impacts performance.
  • Stadium and Venues enhanced by Dow technology to create safe, sustainable environments.

As the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games and partner of Richard Childress Racing, the sports industry is a key market for Dow and has tremendous opportunities for growth. Leveraging these partnerships at the Festival provides the Company the opportunity to engage and educate the workforce of tomorrow on how sports and science go hand in hand.

“Even though Philadelphia has a great history of innovation and education, not long ago the idea of mobilizing the entire community around STEM learning would have been seen as a very difficult task,” said Larry Dubinski, president and chief executive officer of The Franklin Institute. “Over the past five years, together, with the leadership of Dow, we have experienced first-hand the power the Philadelphia Science Festival has to bring the community together to experiment, incubate and inspire.”

What started as a local collaboration around STEM has grown to include 210 partner organizations in 2015 and has inspired year-round work to improve STEM education, focused on supporting and driving the interest of students, parents and educators. Through its STEMtheGAP™ initiatives, including the partnership with the Philadelphia Science Festival, Dow aims to excite young minds about STEM-related careers, transform STEM education into a driver for innovation and build the workforce of tomorrow, aligning with the Company’s 2025 Sustainability Goals.

Dow Around the Festival (April 25 – May 2, 2015):

  • April 24: Science Carnival After Hours at The Franklin Institute featuring Dow STEM Ambassadors
  • April 25: Dow and USA Luge at Discovery Day Chestnut Hill featuring luge racing, the science behind luge, and appearances by U.S. Olympic lugers
  • April 25: Dow and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program at Discovery Day Hunting Park featuring the painting of an inspirational STEM mural and a discussion about the science in a can of paint
  • April 25: Science Night with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park presented by Dow featuring sports-themed science exhibits and demonstrations
  • April 27: Big Ideas for Busy People discussion featuring Melinda Keefe, Ph.D., Dow Coating Materials Senior Research Scientist and art conservation crusader
  • April 28: Science of Networking conversation featuring Jessica Snyder, External Manufacturing Leader, Dow Oil, Gas & Mining, and STEM ambassador

Dow’s Carnival on the Parkway Events (May 2):

  • Sochi 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin: Erin Hamlin will team up with Dow scientist Jay Tudor, leader of the Olympic luge sled re-design team, to share science’s role in the sport and how equipment engineering and design enhance performance
  • Richard Childress Racing: Carnival attendees will learn about the science, mechanics and safety of racing while viewing the legendary RCR No. 3 Dow Chevrolet on display at Dow’s exhibit location. Visitors will also have the opportunity to feel the rush of this sport though an on-site race simulator as well as learning the ways science is crucial to racing success through hands-on experiences and discussions with members of the Dow-RCR technical team
  • Surface Sensations: Carnival visitors will have the opportunity to practice their skills on a variety of sports surfaces (turf, track, gym material, etc.) enabled by Dow technology while using experiments to understand how technology impacts speed, agility and safety
  • Stadium Experience: Science fans will get a close-up look at science’s role in creating safe, sustainable environments that enhance the sports fan and athlete experience
  • And appearances by HH Dowbot, Dow’s STEM Mascot

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2014, Dow had annual sales of more than $58 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 201 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at

More information about Dow’s commitment to promoting STEM education can be found at

About the Philadelphia Science Festival

Established in 2011 as one of the first of its kind in the country, the Philadelphia Science Festival is a nine-day celebration of science and technology in everyday places – parks, restaurants, bars, libraries and museums. It asks Philadelphians to question the world around them and aims to inspire not only the next generation of scientists and engineers, but also create homegrown citizen scientists. More than 200 partners work together to produce the Festival, which runs April 24 – May 2, and is presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute. To learn more, visit

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For further information contact:
The Dow Chemical Company
Justin Land, 215-776-8427
Justin Windheim, 856-340-6798


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