Sparking STEM Innovation

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Young girl working on a science project at H.B. Fuller Company

The H.B. Fuller Company Foundation provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations and schools in the communities where our employees live and work.

At H.B. Fuller, we get excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and innovation. Not only does STEM education encourage teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, resiliency, and creativity; it also improves test scores.

Our employees use their STEM knowledge to develop our company’s newest products and find solutions to our customers’ challenges. We also use our expertise to get the next generation as inspired about STEM as we are.

Partnership in action

The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota, shares our passion – they work to inspire innovation to make the world a better place. In the summer of 2019, we partnered with the Bakken Museum to offer a STEM-focused science camp for the children of employees at our headquarters.

Through collaborative problem-solving challenges, creative games, and exciting science projects, students explored STEM concepts through hands-on activities that strengthened their skills, and were introduced to the innovation process.

H.B. Fuller employees visited the camp each day to explain how important STEM is in their careers. Campers learned about how adhesives are used in diapers and electronics, and they explored some of the new technologies our employees use to make their jobs easier.

At the end, campers showed their inventions and demonstrated what they had learned. Among the creations were a moving robot, a light-up dragon, and an electronic fortune teller!

The success of this summer camp is a perfect example of the power of cross-sector partnerships. Together, H.B. Fuller and The Bakken Museum were able to offer a convenient benefit to employees and their families, introduce a new audience to the museum, and inspire the next generation to continue exploring STEM education.

Commitment to youth around the world

We believe that all youth should have an opportunity to succeed. The H.B. Fuller Company Foundation has partnered with GlobalGiving to provide grants to STEM and Youth Leadership programs around the world, and since 2015, the Foundation has supported Coptic Orphans’ Valuable Girl Project in Assiut, Egypt.

Woman reading book to children

Valuable Girl Project trains young women in secondary school to mentor girls in primary school, providing academic assistance as well as education on nutrition, hygiene, girls’ rights, and civic participation.

This educational mentoring program empowers 1,000 at-risk girls in Egypt by creating and providing role models while increasing self-esteem, leadership skills, creativity, and educational attainment.

 

 

 


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