March 2017

A sound investment

Tata Chemicals North America supports Southwest Wyoming Regional Science Fair and reaffirms commitment to STEM education

This February, Tata Chemicals North America sponsored the 2017 Southwest Wyoming Regional Science Fair; as it has done for several years now. The fair held at Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) in Rock Springs witnessed 109 students from middle and high schools from around the region attending the fair.

In addition to sponsoring and covering all the associated costs of the students, Tata Chemicals employees also volunteered to help judge the inspired projects these young scientists created.

  • Dave Wenig and Tyler Keck congratulating the overall winners on their achievement and providing them with a $500 award for their school’s science programs
  • Overall fair winners Carlos Munoz and Nathan Maxfield and their science teacher at Big Piney Middle School, holding their award from Tata Chemicals
  • Students from Big Piney Middle School
  • Dave Wenig and Tyler Keck presenting the sponsorship check for the 2017 fair to the fair committee

Carlos Munoz and Nathan Maxfield, students of the Big Piney Middle School, were the overall fair winners for their winning project Developing a Microbial Fuel Cell. Tata Chemicals also made a donation to the school. It was the first time in the fair’s history that a company has sponsored and provided an award directly to a school. Additionally, WWCC awarded each of the students a full, two-year scholarship to attend college.

Student registration costs in the past had been paid by the student or in some instances the school. However, in recent years the registration fee has been a deterrent for many students as the cost associated with school events has risen dramatically and state funding for schools has reduced. In addition to the donations made in 2016 and 2017, Tata Chemicals has made a commitment to sponsor student registration fees for the next five years.

Support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is more important than ever in the United States. Current economic projections point to a need for approximately one million more STEM professionals than the US will produce at the current rate over the next decade. With that in mind, Tata Chemicals has chosen to invest in these young scientists so that their communities and their businesses are sustainable well into the future.