Washington — Aiming to educate and inspiring the next generation of leaders in STEM fields, Mars, Inc. participated in the fifth annual USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF), the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and math in the U.S. with more than 350,000 attending the event.
Held April 7 and 8, Mars had a diverse group of employees from across its product sectors to discuss career paths ranging from veterinarians and food scientists to engineers.
Mars Wrigley Confectionery had flavor science personnel on hand to give a behind the scenes look at the more than 1,200 flavor ingredients the company uses in its chewing gum, mints, chocolate and candy. The candy division also had cocoa and plant scientists at the event, giving attendees the chance to taste coarse and fine cocoa nibs as well as examine the ingredient under microscopes, according to the company.
“Science and innovation are key to our ability to solve today’s social, environmental and technological issues, and unlocking STEM careers is an important way to get us there,” says Richard Ware, global vice-president of supply, R&D and procurement. “USASEF is a great place to cultivate the next generation of scientists, researchers and innovators, and to promote diversity in this field so that we can all benefit from the varied perspectives and approaches.”