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Student Outreach Program

Our Student Outreach Program includes the following projects:

“Experience Elastomers: A Day of STEM-Based Rubber Inquiries” High School Program at the International Elastomer Conference

Rubber Division, ACS will provide through our Student Outreach Program hands on experiments that students from grades 9-12 can perform at the International Elastomer Conference and learn more about the rubber industry in the process. Rubber Division, ACS is inviting area high school students to the IEC to enjoy a day of STEM-based rubber learning. We hope this ignites interest and passion for the rubber industry.

Developing and Purchasing ‘Hands on Elastomers’ Kits for K-5 Classrooms

A “Hands on Elastomers’ kit would be a great interactive tool to get elastomers into the hands of students and science teachers. Science education and the state mandated curriculum would be followed. Activities and instructions would be included in these kits. Elastomers in the science classroom is important at any age to keep our industry technologically advanced. 

Company Tours for Students K-12

A first-hand look into various companies and jobs in the rubber industry will allow students to have a better idea of what kinds of jobs they want after high school. The tours will be used to enhance the science lessons that most closely match the tour and the company. The hope is to do 3-4 tours in the spring and 3-4 in the fall each year.

Rubber Division, ACS Student Chapter Rubber Training Courses

Training courses in rubber compounding, testing, curing, and mixing are offered to our Student Chapters free of charge to students and their chapter advisor. This program is beneficial to give students training on necessary rubber manufacturing before they are in the industry looking for careers. Doubled with their internships, these training courses assist students in knowing more about the industry and making their transition from university or tech school to the rubber industry easier.

Science Teacher Professional Development

Rubber Division, ACS will hold science teacher professional development workshops in the summer. They will receive PDUs.


Is supporting growth of our industry through outreach to a new generation important to your company? Truly make an impact, while also increasing your visibility with rubber and polymer professionals from all rubber disciplines at the same time, by becoming a sponsor of our Student Outreach Program. Your sponsorship investment will be specifically used towards our efforts and programs related to the Student Outreach Program. Click here to view our Student Outreach Program sponsorship opportunities.

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Contact Christie Robinson, M.Ed., Training & Development Director, at crobinson@rubber.org for more information.