Braskem, the largest thermoplastics resins producer in the Americas, announces its national sponsorship of the Society of Plastics Engineers Foundation's PlastiVan program. PlastiVan is a traveling educational program that teaches students of various ages about science and plastics. This year marks SPE's 75th anniversary.
"Braskem is committed to fostering STEM-based education. We actively support and sponsor programs to engage students of all ages in the communities where we operate to learn about the value proposition of chemicals and plastics and the opportunities available to them in the STEM industry. PlastiVan is aligned with our commitment to STEM education and is a very valuable program for our industry. We look forward to this partnership with SPE as this will broaden the sphere of our influence nationally," says Raj Krishnaswamy, Innovation and Technology Leader for Braskem America.
The organization has been sponsoring PlastiVan events since 2014. "Braskem's support of our 75th Anniversary Campaign for Plastics Education will provide the necessary resources for the expansion of the PlastiVan program with an updated curriculum, and help the SPE Foundation to significantly increase the students served in the 2017-2018 school year. We are very grateful for their partnership," says Eve Vitale, director of the SPE foundation.
PlastiVan started 20 years with the intent to educate and excite students about science and plastics. In just the last two years, the program has served more than 40,000 students. This year the foundation is focused on equipping middle and high schools with 3D printers, and looking for more outreach educators to expands its footprint. To learn more about PlastiVan visit www.4spe.org .