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Abramson, DuPont Team Up To Promote Science Education in Schools

Friday October 8, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined a DuPont field engineer and a classroom of 2nd and 3rd grade students at Field Elementary School to emphasize the importance of science education in the schools.

The event was part of the Cities United for Science Progress (CUSP) Science in the School Day, a partnership between the U.S. conference of Mayors and DuPont that is traveling the country to promote science education in the classroom. Abramson invited the organization to promote the initiative in Louisville as part of his efforts to increase educational attainment.

CUSP visits cities across the country and teams up with mayors to assist them in creating healthier, safer and more innovative and economically vibrant cities through science-based solutions. Science in the School Day is an initiative of the partnership created to inspire, maintain and expand students' interest in science and engineering.

“Quality education of our children is a top priority,” Abramson said. “By teaming up with The U.S. Conference of Mayors and DuPont through the Science in the School Day Program we are able to emphasize the importance of science education and, we hope, spark an interest in science and engineering in the minds of Louisville students."

Abramson, DuPont’s Robin Grossman, an engineer with the company, and the school children performed an experiment displaying basic engineering theories, allowing the children to grasp general concepts of engineering through a fun and understandable approach.

The experiment conducted is called the “Gumdrop Dome.” It challenges students to create dome shaped structures with toothpicks and gumdrops.

Abramson and the students tested the dome theory by layering heavy schoolbooks on their dome-shaped creations and see how much weight toothpicks and gumdrops are able to hold while in the shape of a dome.
The idea is for the students to come away with not only an increased knowledge of elementary engineering, but also a heightened interest in science and math.

“We are excited to have a partnership that benefits children who are the future of our cities,” said Executive Director of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, Tom Cochran. “CUSP serves as a useful tool for teachers, students and children across the country and helps revive an interest in science.”
"A diverse pool of talented engineers is required for our company and country to remain competitive in a rapidly changing global market,” said Mary Kate Campbell, Manager of Public Affairs at DuPont. “Together, our field engineer and Mayor Abramson, hope to engage Louisville school children in the exploration of science, mathematics and engineering in an effort to spark an interest in these essential subjects.”

For Cities United for Science Progress (CUSP) Contact: Ellen H. King,
Cities United for Science Progress (CUSP) 301-466-8408 or