Dow Chemical and First Robotics believe a modern science program is needed in Alberta.
On November 14, Education Minister David Eggen and Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood visited the Dow Chemical site in Fort Saskatchewan to talk about the government's new curriculum.
"This is just a great opportunity to look at all of the education programs that Dow has available," said Eggen. "They're doing lots of interesting things, reaching out with science, technology, mathematics and communications and reaching right into Alberta schools."
Already helping in some schools, Dow Chemical pegs their educational programs has impacted more than 57,000 students and 1,800 teachers.
Ultimately, companies like Dow are hoping to better prepare students for future work.
"The degree to which we can have partners like Dow helping us to build a good curriculum every step of the way will help us and help the kids when they learn about science and chemistry through the petrochemical industry, it just adds another layer of understanding that will help kids succeed in this province."
FIRST Robotics was also on hand to demonstrate the importance of incorporating robotic engineering and design into the curriculum. The program and robot competition continues to grow in popularity.