The Covestro Science Lab is located in the heart of the Chempark in Leverkusen, surrounded by enormous manufacturing plants and production buildings. The authentic environment – the school children are only permitted access to plant grounds when they have been issued a visitor ID – creates the ideal setting for learning and new experiences. We give all participants in the student laboratory a glimpse of the practical working world and a new view of what it's like to work in the natural sciences. A day at the Covestro Science Lab can thus be very helpful for participants in their search for a traineeship or career opportunities.
The injection molding machine is a true highlight for visitors. Participants can use the machine to experience first-hand how an idea ultimately becomes a finished product. However, before they get going, secondary and university sudents start off by discussing prominent examples of everyday products and industry sectors. Which products am I familiar with? What is inside these products?
Ideal learning conditions at the Covestro Science Lab
This helps to make the connection between the products themselves and the materials which will also be used in the student laboratory and product development.
The goal is to address school children on their own level, linking their experiences with those of the company. This approach differs depending on the children's age and grade, and the type of school they attend.
During the day, participants can enjoy a joint lunch to "refuel" their energy. This also gives them plenty of time to talk about the impressions and experiences that they have had throughout the day.