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Bayer Pledges 5 Million Hands-On Science Learning Experiments for Children in the U.S. by 2025

New pledge accelerates 20+ year commitment to improving science education; program kicks off with unveiling of 'Science Studio' Alexa Skill.

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

On the verge of surpassing its goal of providing 1 million hands-on science experiences to children in the United States by the year 2020, Bayer announced today its next ambitious goal – to provide a total of 5 million such experiences by the year 2025.

The milestone, if achieved, will correspond with the 30th anniversary of Bayer's award-winning commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in the United States.

Bayer announced the initial 1 million "hands-on" goal at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in 2015. To date, Bayer has provided nearly 900,000 engaging science experiences to U.S. students and will reach, and furthermore, surpass its goal by 2020.

Today, Bayer also launched its first-ever Alexa skill – Science Studio by Bayer – to help reach the 5 million mark by 2025. Alexa skills are capabilities that enhance and personalize the voice experience on Alexa-enabled devices and are akin to apps for smartphones. Skills can be tailored for a variety of uses like learning something new, playing a game or being more productive around the home. Science Studio by Bayer, which is a science-focused skill for kids and their parents, offers step-by-step instructions for kid-friendly experiments, including how to build an Alka-Rocket, and how to make slime and elephant's toothpaste. The experiments require adult supervision but are simple enough that they can be conducted at home. Each experiment is accompanied by a scientific explanation, and ultimately aim to help entertain and teach kids about important concepts in STEM. The skill also offers STEM homework assistance and step-by-step instructions for kid-friendly experiments that can be done in and outside the home. Once enabled, just say "Alexa, open Science Studio."

Bayer today will host an event at the Indianapolis Children's Museum that debuts Science Studio by Bayer. The event will introduce more than 300 students from six Indianapolis-area schools to the new Alexa skill.

"Encouraging young people to engage in science in new and innovative ways is just one way that Bayer reinforces its commitment to STEM education," said Raymond F. Kerins, Jr., Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Bayer.

"According to independent research, by 2020, it is thought that 94.2 million U.S. households will own a smart speaker – that's three out of four households," Kerins said. "Now, more than ever, we need novel approaches like this which will help us inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators, because science matters."

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Bayer U.S. Donates $130,000 to Domestic Violence Shelters Through New Grants Fur Families Program

Program enables domestic violence shelters to offer on-site pet care so women aren't forced to choose between staying in a dangerous situation and leaving their pet behind.

Originally Published by Bayer.

Bayer announces 13 domestic violence shelters that are receiving funding through Grants Fur Families, a new program providing life-saving support to domestic violence shelters across the country that understand the critical role of the human animal bond. Each of the shelters is receiving $10,000 from Bayer to support their efforts to provide safe places for those fleeing physical, mental and emotional abuse with their pets.

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Bayer: Farm for the Good of Your Community

Bayer invites growers to enter for a chance to win a $5,000 donation to boost their communities.

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

Growers, the economic drivers of our rural economies, can kick in a power thrust with the Farm for Good™ Sweepstakes, presented by Bayer. Growers now can enter for a chance to win a $5,000 donation to the local charity of their choice.

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Bayer Expands Digital Innovation Pipeline at The Climate Corporation for Farmers

New predictive seed placement technology delivers strong results in 2018.

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

The Climate Corporation (Climate), a subsidiary of Bayer and the industry leader in bringing digital innovation to farmers, today announced strong harvest results for farmers using Seed Advisor, its new predictive seed selection and placement technology for corn. In addition to Seed Advisor, Climate accelerated 25 innovation advancements in 2018 through its global, digital farming pipeline to provide farmers more data-driven insights to sustainably improve their productivity.

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Bayer: Build a Foundation for Plentiful Potatoes

Tempting tubers get their good looks and heavy weights from healthy roots.

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

No matter how healthy the plants look in a potato field, the power is in the ground and the proof is in the digging. That's why potato growers list root protection as a top priority.

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Bayer's Damion Jones Addresses Intersectionality and How to Find Common Ground with Peers

"If we can connect well, we can collaborate well, and if we can collaborate well we can innovate well as an organization," says Jones, Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity for Bayer U.S.

Bayer to Give $120,000 to Benefit Domestic Violence Survivors and Their Pets

Grant program raises awareness of the role pets play for survivors - helping to increase the number of domestic violence shelters offering on-site pet facilities.

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

On this #GivingTuesday, Bayer announces the launch of Grants Fur Families, a new program providing life-saving support to domestic violence shelters across the country who understand the critical role of the human animal bond. Bayer is committed to more widely illustrating the power of the bond people share with their pets, includes providing options for families with pets to live safely, out of fear. This new program will give $10,000 grants to 12 domestic violence shelters throughout the country, providing more destinations for those fleeing physical, mental and emotional abuse with their pets.

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