About Making Science Make Sense®
As a science and innovation company, Bayer has a strong stake in helping to improve
science education and to ensure that all individuals are scientifically literate.
Bayer demonstrates this commitment with its national, presidential award-winning
Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) program, a company-wide initiative which advances
science literacy across the United States through hands-on, inquiry-based science
learning, employee volunteerism and public education.
MSMS was formalized in 1995; however, the spirit of the program dates back to nearly
50 years ago, when Bayer volunteers began helping teachers teach and students learn
science the way scientists do – by doing it. Today, in Bayer site communities across
the country, hundreds of volunteers work to foster science literacy and ignite student
interest in science.
MSMS relies on a number of important national and local partnerships to change the
way science is taught and learned in the classroom. Locally, Bayer is spearheading
education reform with school districts, other businesses, government and education
organizations. Together, these groups work to implement standards-based, inquiry-centered
curricula and provide teachers with ongoing professional development in science
content and pedagogy. Thus, MSMS not only helps educate the next generation of scientists,
technologists, engineers and mathematicians, it equips all students with the skills
acquired from a high quality, hands-on science education like critical thinking,
creativity and adapting to change. Skills that in today’s scientific and technological
world are essential to any career one chooses.
Bayer’s national science literacy campaign, led by astronaut Dr. Mae C. Jemison,
features the MSMS Experiment Guides for parents and children; the MSMS Audio Series
and Video Vignettes and the Bayer Facts of Science Education surveys, which gauge
public opinion on the state of science education in the United States, as well
as support for reform and public recognition of the roles that science and science
literacy play in everyday life.
Additionally, Bayer serves as thought leader to further galvanize STEM industry
involvement in education. Bayer provides business leaders and others with information
about best practice K-20 STEM education programs, as well as practical advice for
how to support and/or replicate such programs nationally or locally.