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Curious Kids Create Amusement Park Rides, a Spaceship and Safety Devices Thanks to Rohm and Haas Scholarships and Camp Invention

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(Pictured above: Rohm and Haas Leader, Technology Partnerships Dr. Catherine T. ‘Katie’ Hunt works with Matthew Ciammetti during this year’s Camp Invention at Mattison Avenue School in Ambler, Pa.)

It wasn’t summer school for 260 underserved first through sixth graders. It was Camp Invention, a program that teaches curious children about problem solving, creativity and invention. Since 2000, Rohm and Haas Company has provided more than $250, 000 to support 100 Camp Invention programs and 40 after-school Club Invention programs across the United States. This summer, five local camps sparked the imaginations of hundreds of young students, including dozens who attended on scholarship thanks to Rohm and Haas.

In addition to the scholarships, leaders from Rohm and Haas visited the programs and conducted highly-visual, hands-on science demonstrations. Pictured here: Rohm and Haas Leader, Technology Partnerships Dr. Catherine T. ‘Katie’ Hunt works with Matthew Ciammetti during this year’s Camp Invention at Mattison Avenue School in Ambler, Pa.

This year’s support extends programs into Bristol, Pa., Philadelphia, and Montgomery County. In celebration of Dr. Hunt’s being nominated president of the American Chemistry Society in 2007, the company made a special three-year commitment to support camps in the Wissahickon School District. Local sites include Mattison Avenue Elementary and Wissahickon Middle schools in Ambler, Pa., the Bridesburg Police Athletic League at the Cozen Center and John Fitch Elementary School in Bristol, Pa.

Camp Invention teaches children to think outside the box through hands-on, experience-based challenges such as building safety devices for cars and skateboards, creating new, exciting models for amusement park rides, putting a spaceship back together after crash landing on the fictional planet ZAK and figuring out the best way to save Sludge City from pollution.

Rohm and Haas Company’s Responsible Neighbor programs work to advance the economic, social, and environmental quality of life in the communities where Rohm and Haas operates and its employees live through giving, volunteerism and community dialogue. They also promote science, technology and mathematics education, environmental and safety concerns.

About Rohm and Haas Company

Leading the way since 1909, Rohm and Haas is a global pioneer in the creation and development of innovative technologies and solutions for the specialty materials industry. The company’s technologies are found in a wide range of industries including: Building and Construction, Electronics and Electronic Devices, Household Goods and Personal Care, Packaging and Paper, Transportation, Pharmaceutical and Medical, Water, Food and Food Related, and Industrial Process. Innovative Rohm and Haas technologies and solutions help to improve life every day, around the world. Based in Philadelphia, PA, the company generated annual sales of approximately $8.9 billion in 2007. Visit www.rohmhaas.com for more information.

Contacts

Rohm and Haas Company
Barbara Del Duke, 215-592-3356
bdelduke@rohmhaas.com
or
Simon Public Relations Group, Inc.
Mike Guzzo, 215-545-4715 x25
mguzzo@simonpr.com
or
The Camp Invention Program
Michael Schwabe, 330-849-6949
mschwabe@invent.org

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