Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Fall/Winter 2012 (November 16, 2012)

College Teams up with Kerry Ingredients for Community Programs

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November 16, 2012

Beloit College and Kerry Ingredients & Flavours are combining their efforts to offer local students and educators access to new science programs.

On Nov. 2, the college hosted its first ever Family Discovery Night at the Center for the Sciences. More than 1,000 community members took part in free hands-on activities, prizes, and food, and benefited from a unique opportunity to learn side-by-side with scientists from Beloit College and Kerry.

Family Discovery Night is part of a new community science education program between Beloit College and Kerry. Kerry has donated $21,000 to fund the first year of the program, and the college will serve as facilitator and host.

“By coming together, Beloit College and Kerry seek to strengthen science and learning opportunities for local youth and families,” says Assistant Biology Professor Katie Johnson, who is the lead faculty member for the grant.

“This event is about piquing kids’ curiosity and interest in the sciences,” says Alaina Wendlandt, communications manager for Kerry. “Kerry employs more than 200 food scientists who are eager to bring their diverse range of talent, skills, and scientific insights to our community.”

The next event in the partnership takes place in the spring of 2013 when Kerry scientists and college faculty will teach a new workshop on scientific pedagogy during the annual Girls and Women in Science event. This well-established program brings together 30 to 35 local sixth-grade girls for a weekend of science learning and activities, and equips teachers with tools to bring new experiments to their classrooms.

A division of Kerry Group, Kerry Ingredients and Flavours develops, manufactures and delivers ingredients and flavors for the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical markets, and has its North American headquarters in Beloit.

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