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Dow Corning opens up the fascinating world of silicone for local school students in Pune

Pune, India: For over five consecutive years, Dow Corning, a global silicone leader, has been organizing a Fascinating Silicone™ Science Day for local school children at their manufacturing plant in Ranjangaon, Pune. This year as well, more than 40 students of the Shree Bhairavanath Madhyamik Ani Uchamadhyamik School at Karde village visited the Dow Corning plant, along with their teachers, to explore the fascinating world of silicones, and learn how silicones help improve the quality of our lives.

David Longo, Dow Corning’s manager for the Pune site said, “We want to use the Science Day to showcase the power of silicone chemistry and stimulate scientific curiosity among the children. After all, they are the teachers, scientists and inventors of the future!”

In addition to a tour of the manufacturing site and the laboratories, the Science Day program included experiments like foam control using silicones as well as fabric printing using liquid silicone rubber. Various product displays along with interesting facts on “Sand to Silicones” and “Solar applications” were arranged in the visit area. These displays and experiments enabled students to understand the unique properties and everyday applications of silicones in a simple way.

Students also participated in a solar car race, using solar-powered cars that they assembled themselves. Fun activities such as memory games were also conducted, with prizes for winners; and giveaways for all the students. The solar car race and the experiments were conducted on the school premises to enable a larger number of students to attend the event.
Students get ready for the solar car race (Photo courtesy Prasad Krishnapurkar for Dow Corning)
Students get ready for the solar car race (Photo courtesy Prasad Krishnapurkar for Dow Corning)

Mr. Longo added, “Events such as these enable us at Dow Corning to not only further the cause of children’s education but also ensure that we are nurturing the community relationships built over the years.”


Dow Corning’s community relations activities in India
Dow Corning in India is active in the communities where we live and work – we have constructed anganwadis in the villages of Karegaon and Karde. In Karde, we also installed a solar PV system that provides electricity to the anganwadi, an adjacent village school and a community ground. We worked with the village school in Dhoksangvi to provide them with desks and benches, as well as a laboratory and library. We regularly conduct Science Days for the local school children and their teachers.

We also participate in the Mumbai Marathon to fund an educational NGO called ATMA, and work with Habitat for Humanity to construct low-cost housing.

In September 2011, as part of Dow Corning’s Citizen Service Corps, a group of ten Dow Corning employees traveled to Ujire (near Mangalore in India) to work with the local communities on projects such as improved methods for peeling areca nuts, sustainable energy solutions for under-served households, and enhanced processes for a garment making enterprise.

About Dow Corning in India
Dow Corning in India ( has worked closely with customers to help them be successful in local as well as in international markets. We serve customers across the region from our office in Mumbai and our manufacturing facility in Pune. Our Application & Engineering Technical Services laboratory enables collaboration with Indian customers to provide silicone-based solutions that are new to, or customized for India.

Dow Corning in India offers innovative solutions and products to industries as diverse as construction, automotive, solar, textiles, beauty & personal care and many others.

About Dow Corning
Dow Corning (dowcorning.comprovides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States. Dow Corning’s global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® initiative, a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes.

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