Choose a program below to learn more about what it provides and how students, teachers or school systems can participate.
Full STEAM Ahead
Eastman’s GEM4STEAM (Growing Educational Mentors for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) volunteers serve as mentors in our communities to help empower and STEAM-skilled workforce for the future.
Through GEM4STEAM, employees can volunteer up to 40 hours per year in the classroom – where they facilitate learning and teaching in a multitude of ways.
Raising the Bar in Math and Science
Eastman’s MathElites and ScienceElites programs provide insightful and inspirational training to math and science teachers. Empowering teachers to apply fresh and creative teaching strategies and practical applications strengthens existing curriculum and is having an exponential impact in the classroom.
In partnership with East Tennessee State University Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education, the programs have benefitted more than 40,000 students.
Applying engineering to robotics
Eastman team members at various sites mentor high school students participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition, an international contest in which student teams design, construct and program industrial-sized robots to perform specific tasks. The robots then compete against one another in regional and district events throughout the world and the event provides an opportunity for students to apply engineering and problem solving skills in a team environment.
Get Involved in Good Sports Always Recycle™
Good Sports Always Recycle™ is the nation's largest stadium recycling program, sponsored by Eastman, Food City and Waste Connections in conjunction with the University of Tennessee. The program encourages Big Orange fans to reduce their footprint and recycle waste both inside and outside the stadium by placing tossed items into designated recycling bins instead of in the trash. The goal is to achieve “zero waste” at games as soon as possible.
Challenging Students in the Game of Life
Engaging students in real life scenarios helps provide perspective on the importance of education and problem solving skills. Eastman and other community partners join forces annually to host career expos for 8th and 11th graders. From learning about career options, to making budgeting decisions that will impact a hypothetical family, students are faced with real world choices and problems that encourage them to broaden their views on life-skills and long term goals.
If I Had a Hammer®
The Hammer Build Experience designed by “If I Had a Hammer®” brings math to life by helping students see the big picture as they build a model house. Touted as one of the “top educational programs in the country” by The New York Times, the hands-on program puts the students’ classroom skills to the test while teaching them about teamwork, creativity and real-life application of the math principles they are learning today.
More to Manufacturing than Meets the Eye
A growing grassroots movement of manufacturers across the US, Manufacturing Day™ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, makers and thinkers. Hosted annually, Eastman’s Manufacturing Day event showcases the skills needed to excel in advanced manufacturing. From robotics to 3D printing, students are exposed to a variety of innovative technologies to inspire them to learn more about STEAM related careers.
Enter the Black History Oratorical Contest
Eastman conducts a Black History Month Oratorical Contest annually for high school students in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The goal is to inform both students and the public about important contributions made globally by African Americans in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields.