Braskem (BM&FBOVESPA: BRKM3, BRKM5 and BRKM6; NYSE: BAK; LATIBEX: XBRK), the largest thermoplastics resins producer in the Americas, announced in May 2017 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 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) 75th anniversary.
Braskem has been sponsoring PlastiVan events since 2014. This month PlastiVan will be visiting three schools in and around the Pittsburgh area during the week of October 9, including Oakland Catholic High School in Oakland, St. Joseph's High School in Natrona Heights, and McMurray Elementary in Peters Township. The program concludes with a visit to Braskem's Pittsburgh Innovation & Technology Center on Friday, October 13 and includes site tours as well as career talks with scientists and engineers for students and teachers covering Grades 6-12. In addition, Neil Weaver, Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will be in attendance at Braskem. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is a vital resource in the Commonwealth's prominence as an important place for innovation and Pennsylvania's commitment to the energy sector has translated into technology and commerce.
PlastiVan started 20 years ago 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 expand its footprint. To learn more about PlastiVan visit www.4spe.org .