According to the Smithsonian Science Education Center, roughly 2.4 million jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are unfilled. Employees from BASF’s Research Triangle Park location are playing their part to encourage more careers in STEM by offering students real insights into their careers. Students see first-hand how science provides solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems.
During BASF’s Day of Service, employees guided students through hands-on experiments that explored pH levels in soil to determine the optimal range for plants to grow and how filtration keeps the water supply chain clean. Employees then met with students in small groups to answer their questions and to mentor them on STEM-related career opportunities.
“As part of our commitment to the Triangle community and to the next generation of ag scientists, we want to foster an interest in STEM from an early age,” said Paul Rea, Senior Vice President, BASF Agricultural Solutions, North America. “We believe that raising the profile of what a career in STEM looks like will ultimately help attract and retain our industry’s future talent. Through our partnership with Wake County Public Schools, we contribute to STEM education initiatives across the county.”