Introducing Science Matters

For more than 100 years, Bayer and 4‑H have instilled the importance of science in life and career. Together, we have created the Science Matters program – a program designed to equip at least 25,000 students with the tools they need to deepen their understanding of science. Science Matters addresses the need for enhanced STEM education and growing a STEM workforce by fostering a love of scientific exploration in students across urban and rural areas around the country.

Inspiring Tomorrow's Science Leaders

The Science Matters program focuses on three pillars.

  1. Science for Today – Investing in both rural and urban youth through curriculum for hands-on activities that will broaden their perspectives about science and agriculture.
  2. Science for Tomorrow – Investing in the future of agri-science industries by empowering youth to further their skills development and pursuit of agri-science careers.
  3. Science for a Generation – Investing in the communities Bayer serves by empowering youth and engaging employees to lead initiatives that set up holistic, long-term solutions for community problems.

It’s Not Magic, It’s Science

Many students today do not realize the exciting innovations available within the world of agriculture. To help reveal some amazing technology that supports our food system, Science Matters teamed up with influencer Zach King to explore an almond farm. With some help from Zach’s “digital sleight of hand,” the video shows kids that not only does science matter – it’s fun, too. Check out the video to learn more.

U.S. Teachers and Parents Weigh in on Ag Science Literacy and Careers

Review key findings from the Bayer Facts of Science Education Survey that includes perspectives from high school science teachers and parents on the importance placed on agri-science education in today’s classrooms and find out how prepared future generations are to solve the global challenges of tomorrow.

National Ag Day Listicle

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Agriscience Survey Fact Sheet

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Shop Science Matters Curriculum

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Teaching Infographics

Science Matters to Schools and Students!

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Parents and Teachers Agree Ag Science Is Important

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Incorporating Ag Science into Lesson Plans

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Congratulations to Our Winners!

We would like to thank everyone who entered the “Inspired by Science” Photo Contest and commend you for your compelling and thoughtful submissions. You are an inspiration and your dedication to STEM today will surely make you true leaders tomorrow.

Grand Prize Winners

Citizen Science

Audrey C.

Science has inspired me to help others through citizen science. I am a volunteer monitor for cyanobacteria in Lake Champlain. Every week from June to October, I visit three public sites along the lakeshore and measure the presence of cyanobacteria in the water. That data...

Science as a Way of Life

Adrianna D.

“Science” is a word often found throughout our daily lives – whether in the media, a high school class, or simply a word thrown around without understanding. When defined, science refers to the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and...

Visibility for Girls in STEM

Alexandra W.

Science has inspired me to be a visible leader for other girls. In a lot of spaces I am the only girl, and usually the only Black person in my technology spaces. I feel like this lack of visibility whether in robotics, coding or general...

Bayer in the News

Teens with an eye for science could win a trip to the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science, courtesy of Bayer and 4‑H as part of a "Why Science Matters to Me" contest.

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Bayer and 4‑H are encouraging youth to consider how science impacts their everyday lives through a photo contest, “Why Science Matters to Me.”

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Bayer and 4‑H amplified their commitment to the future of our rapidly expanding global population by launching a new effort to grow the pipeline of tomorrow’s innovators, starting now.

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Former NASA astronaut and first African-American woman in space Mae Jemison discusses her work with Bayer and 4‑H on “Science Matters,” an initiative to encourage kids of all ages and backgrounds to pursue agricultural science.

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Mae Jemison, a former NASA astronaut and the first African-American woman in space, discusses her work with Bayer and 4‑H on “Science Matters,” an initiative to get more kids interested in agricultural technology.

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With 57,900 jobs in food and agriculture, Bayer and 4‑H have teamed up to help fill those positions by promoting agriculture science education in schools.

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About 26 million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related jobs go unfulfilled each year. Many students lose interest in these subjects as they enter middle school, and this year Bayer teamed up with 4‑H to promote student interest in these subjects.

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Bayer and the National 4‑H Council are collaborating to inspire 4‑H youth to pursue careers in science and ultimately shape the future of agriculture, food and health.

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A new effort to grow the pipeline of tomorrow’s innovators was announced last week at the Farm Progress Show. Bayer and 4‑H are launching a program called Science Matters. This will put Bayer scientists and researchers in touch with local 4‑H programs to create a hands-on experience for high school and elementary students. (VIDEO)

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Bayer and National 4‑H Council amplified their commitment to the future of our rapidly expanding global population by launching a new effort to grow the pipeline of tomorrow’s innovators. The two organizations announced a nationwide collaboration, Science Matters, which will address the need for an enhanced STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce by planting a love of scientific exploration in thousands of youth in urban and rural areas across the country.

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Bayer in the News

Meet some of the young leaders taking part in the Science Matters program from Bayer and National 4‑H Council who are making a positive impact on their local communities.

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Teens with an eye for science could win a trip to the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science, courtesy of Bayer and 4‑H as part of a "Why Science Matters to Me" contest.

Visit Online

Bayer and 4‑H are encouraging youth to consider how science impacts their everyday lives through a photo contest, “Why Science Matters to Me.”

Visit Online

Bayer and 4‑H amplified their commitment to the future of our rapidly expanding global population by launching a new effort to grow the pipeline of tomorrow’s innovators, starting now.

Visit Online

Former NASA astronaut and first African-American woman in space Mae Jemison discusses her work with Bayer and 4‑H on “Science Matters,” an initiative to encourage kids of all ages and backgrounds to pursue agricultural science.

Visit Online

Mae Jemison, a former NASA astronaut and the first African-American woman in space, discusses her work with Bayer and 4‑H on “Science Matters,” an initiative to get more kids interested in agricultural technology.

Visit Online

With 57,900 jobs in food and agriculture, Bayer and 4‑H have teamed up to help fill those positions by promoting agriculture science education in schools.

Visit Online

About 26 million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related jobs go unfulfilled each year. Many students lose interest in these subjects as they enter middle school, and this year Bayer teamed up with 4‑H to promote student interest in these subjects.

Visit Online

Bayer and the National 4‑H Council are collaborating to inspire 4‑H youth to pursue careers in science and ultimately shape the future of agriculture, food and health.

Visit Online

A new effort to grow the pipeline of tomorrow’s innovators was announced last week at the Farm Progress Show. Bayer and 4‑H are launching a program called Science Matters. This will put Bayer scientists and researchers in touch with local 4‑H programs to create a hands-on experience for high school and elementary students. (VIDEO)

Visit Online

Bayer and National 4‑H Council amplified their commitment to the future of our rapidly expanding global population by launching a new effort to grow the pipeline of tomorrow’s innovators. The two organizations announced a nationwide collaboration, Science Matters, which will address the need for an enhanced STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce by planting a love of scientific exploration in thousands of youth in urban and rural areas across the country.

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Agri-science Skills for Community Health

Youth in Bayer’s Science Matters program are making a difference in communities across the country. Below, we share stories of young people who worked as teams to identify issues that could be solved through agriculture and science.   

4‑H programming, combined with Bayer employees’ volunteer efforts, resulted in hands-on experiences for youth to lead initiatives that set up holistic, long-term solutions in their communities. Check out the highlights below, which are a sample of the many action plans youth implemented to hone their skills and passion for agri-science. 

Science Matters Action Plan Topics

Animal Health

Animal Health

Teens explored a variety of animal health related topics ranging from zoonotic diseases to tests that ensure animal products are safe to enter the food supply. 

Compost / Gardens

Sustainable Ag

Teens developed plans to reduce waste in schools, improve soil quality via composting sites and educate others about the important role water plays in community health.  

Food / Water

Food Security

Teens studied their community’s urban gardens and food deserts empowering residents with knowledge that will improve access to quality, healthy food and drink. 

Awareness & Action

Awareness & Action

Teens focused on increasing awareness and action around plastics recycling, including how to reuse plastics. 

A Closer Look: Animal Health

​Smart Heat Lamp

Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, teens created a safer heating system for farmers and young animals. This system reads the ground temperature and turns on and off a heat lamp reducing time spent checking the temperature of traditional heat lamps while reducing fire hazard risk.  

“We...

Zoonotic Disease Education

Kansas

Kansas teens surveyed citizens to gauge their knowledge of animal diseases that can infect humans. Based on their findings and research discovering the lack of existing educational materials, they launched a campaign to raise public awareness about zoonotic diseases. Their efforts focused on working with...

A Closer Look: Sustainable Ag

Countdown to Zero Waste

California

After realizing how much food is wasted in schools and restaurants, California Science Matters teens created a map of composting sites and food banks in their community and learned to distinguish types of waste. They conducted a waste audit at their school which resulted...

Water Conservation

Kansas

In Kansas, Science Matters teens realized the importance of proper water management and conservation in their suburban setting. To address the issue, the teens created & delivered hands-on learning kits and lesson plans for teachers to use in educating students about the role they...

A Closer Look: Food Security

Urban Garden Refresh

Missouri

Gardening takes hard work, but when the Missouri Science Matters teens revived a community urban garden for a domestic abuse shelter, they didn’t stop at weeding and planting. They encouraged the neighborhood to support the garden for improved community health, even leading kids’ crafts...

Promote Access to Healthy Foods

California

One would think an urban area would not suffer from food insecurity or be considered a food desert. Yet, California Science Matters teens discovered this was the case and acted. The teens applied the data they collected from their neighborhood grocery stores and markets...

A Closer Look: Awareness and Action

4‑H PULP

Missouri

In Missouri, Science Matters teens raised awareness about the effects of recycling stretch plastics including plastic bags through 4‑H PULP (Please Use Less Plastic). They garnered pledges from community members to use less plastic in exchange for reusable grocery bags. Teens also helped kids...

Not Afraid to Talk GMOs

New Jersey

Bayer Crop Science employees shared reputable information for a team of New Jersey Science Matters teens who had the desire to better understand genetically modified food labeling. With guidance from Bayer experts, the team created a fact-checking sheet to help others learn...