2012 Headlines

Elmer's Announces Support of Science Buddies

COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 6, 2012— Elmer's® Products Inc., an industry leader in adhesives, arts and crafts, office and educational products announces a new partnership with Science Buddies, a nonprofit organization that empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science.

Science Buddies puts comprehensive, scientist-authored projects, tools, tips, and techniques at the public's fingertips on its popular website (www.sciencebuddies.org). The website guides students through all steps of the science project process, including the presentation of their projects at a science fair, an area that is a natural fit for Elmer's with its line of project display boards, foam boards, and other presentation materials. Through Elmer's support, Science Buddies will help millions of students from all walks of life to build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century.

"Elmer's is committed to supporting programs that inspire and empower children," said Christina Mauch, Product Manager, Elmer's. "We believe this partnership solidifies our commitment to enriching the lives of children through creativity and education."

Elmer's support will also enable Science Buddies to provide additional resources to support parents and teachers as they guide students in the creation of hands-on science projects. Elmer's sponsorship will also help support an online community of professional volunteers who serve as science advisors to students and parents in Science Buddies' free Ask an Expert forums.

"Science Buddies is delighted Elmer's has accepted our invitation to become a major sponsor of the Science Buddies organization at our Einstein level of sponsorship," said Courtney Corda, Vice President, Science Buddies. "Together, we will be educating and inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and science-literate citizens."

The partnership between Elmer's and Science Buddies is designed to help advance the mission of Science Buddies and support its core programs.

About Elmer's

Elmer's® Products, Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has been a trusted brand and industry leader for more than 60 years. Elmer's produces a variety of well-known adhesives, arts and crafts, educational and office products for use at home, school or business. Elmer's branded products are developed to provide project solutions and to inspire people to create, build and learn for life. Elmer's also markets the number one instant adhesive in the U.S., Instant Krazy Glue®, and XACTO®, a leader in innovative cutting blades, knives and office supply products. For more information, visit www.elmers.com.

About Science Buddies

Science Buddies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit software and content developer that builds online communities, resources, and tools for informal science and engineering education. Science Buddies is best known for its award-winning, 15,000-page website (www.sciencebuddies.org) and its library of more than 1,000 Project Ideas (scientist-authored outlines that guide students in doing hands-on science projects). Over 12 million K-12 students, parents, and teachers utilized Science Buddies resources during 2011, a number equal to 20% of the entire U.S. K-12 student population. In April 2011, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the journal Science awarded the Science Buddies website the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education. The American Library Association, the Parents' Choice Foundation, and the SciLinks program of the National Science Teachers Association also recommend Science Buddies. The mission of Science Buddies is to help children from all walks of life build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century.


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Science Buddies and Astellas USA Foundation Announce Chemistry Contest to Inspire Young Female Scientists

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February 7, 2012, CARMEL, Calif. and DEERFIELD, Ill.—Today, Science Buddies and Astellas USA Foundation ("Foundation") announced initiation of the Science Buddies-Astellas Rosalind Franklin Chemistry Contest. The contest, open to U. S. students in grades 6-12, will recognize top chemistry projects being conducted by middle and high school students—the scientists of tomorrow.

"For the Foundation, science is not only the core of our business, it's our passion. We are dedicated to playing an active role in science education, and the Science Buddies—Astellas Rosalind Franklin Chemistry Contest builds on that commitment," said Collette Taylor, president of the Astellas USA Foundation. "The future of scientific innovation in health and medicine resides in our youth, and we have very high expectations for the contest entries, which will no doubt be met."

Celebrating Discovery

While the contest is open to male and female students, the companies selected Rosalind Elsie Franklin as a figurehead for the contest to support their joint interest in encouraging young female scientists to pursue career paths in chemistry and to increase public awareness of an important female scientist. Franklin's research using x-ray diffraction helped lead to the identification of the structure of DNA.

"When you look back at the last century of science history, one of the biggest discoveries was that DNA has a double helix shape. This discovery, which opened up the fields of biochemistry and genetics, relied on the immaculate data collected by a scientist named Rosalind Franklin," notes Sandra Slutz, Lead Staff Scientist at Science Buddies. "Unfortunately, in the 1950's, female scientists had a hard work environment to deal with, and Franklin didn't receive the credit due her. We've selected Rosalind Franklin as a figurehead for our chemistry contest not only because she was integral to one of the most important modern scientific discoveries, but as a reminder that if science doesn't embrace everyone's right to explore and participate, we're sure to miss some brilliant discoveries!"

Open to U.S. Middle and High School Students

The 2012 Rosalind Franklin Chemistry Contest is open to both female and male U.S. students in grades 6-12. Students can enter either an original science project in the field of chemistry or a project based on a Science Buddies Chemistry Project Idea. The student submissions will be judged on creativity, scientific thought, thoroughness, skill, and clarity of presentation.

"I'm excited to see what the students are going to submit for their chemistry projects," says Slutz, noting that while chemistry is one of the oldest branches of scientific enquiry, it is full of potential for student observation and exploration.

"There are so many possibilities for student chemistry projects ranging from things that may help save our environment, like new fuels and biodegradable packaging, to fun products like silly putty, perfume, and makeup," adds Slutz. "Hopefully each student will walk away with a better understanding of how chemistry and the products it enables shape our everyday lives."

Among other requirements, students must complete a project display board describing their project. Documentation of the display board must be submitted with the entry. Contest rules and regulations are based on the official rules of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Complete details are available at the Science Buddies web site: http://bit.ly/ScienceBuddiesAstellasContest.

Winners to Receive Cash Prizes

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top students in grades 9-12 and in grades 6-8. Both a male and female winner will be selected in each grade range. To be considered, entries must be submitted on or before 7PM Pacific Standard Time (PST), April 1, 2012. Science Buddies and Astellas will announce the winners in May of 2012. For additional information about prizes and judging, please visit http://bit.ly/ScienceBuddiesAstellasContest.

About Science Buddies

Science Buddies, a 501c3 public charity, is the leading award-winning non-profit science fair "how-to" resource for K-12 students, teachers, and parents. With scientist-authored educational content covering 30 fields of science and engineering and a website created and run by scientists and engineers, Science Buddies supports serious scientific inquiry by providing tools for project selection, as well as step-by-step instruction and support from scientists and experts on setting up, managing, and monitoring a project and recording the results. Science Buddies helps students learn more, get support, save time and get inspired. For more information about Science Buddies, visit http://www.sciencebuddies.org.

About Astellas USA Foundation

The Astellas USA Foundation is a private Foundation that awards cash grants to support philanthropic initiatives that are aligned with Astellas' business strategy. Astellas Pharma Inc., located in Tokyo, Japan, is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceuticals. For more information about Astellas USA Foundation, please visit the foundation's website at http://www.astellasusafoundation.org.

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