In 2023, the Bayer Fund- Hawaiʻi Science Education Grant awarded $9,300 in grants to 10 public schools in Hawai’i. The recipients of these grants were Ewa Makai Middle School, H.P. Baldwin High School, ʻĪao School, ʻIlima Intermediate School, Kaimukī Middle School, Kīhei Charter School, Lahaina Intermediate School, Lahainaluna High School, McKinley High School and they received funds to support various STEM-related activities.
The Bayer Fund grant program was established in 2005 with the goal of providing Hawaiʻi public schools with additional tools and equipment to enhance science education. This initiative aims to encourage students to consider pursuing a career in the sciences in the future. The grant program is available twice a year and is open to public schools on the islands of Oʻahu, Maui and Molokaʻi where Bayer employees reside and work. Public schools serving students from intermediate grades through college for educational purposes related to science are eligible to apply for the grant.
Some of the projects that will be funded include a macro propagation project, drone building program, hydroponics project, community garden and the purchase of equipment and supplies for earth science, marine biology, life science and forensic science classes. These grants will provide an excellent opportunity for these schools to enhance their science programs and give their students access to cutting-edge technology and resources.