Partnerships are central to UL Education and Outreach’s philosophical principles, goals, structure and mandate. We believe that it is only through long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships that we can collectively make the planet, safer, more secure and more sustainable. To these ends, we have partnered with many of the world’s leading companies, non-profits, and local organizations and charities.

For partnership inquiries or questions regarding how your organization can participate in our programs or events, please contact us.

We believe that it is only through long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships that we can collectively make the planet, safer, more secure and more sustainable. To these ends, we have partnered with many of the world’s leading companies, non-profits, and local organizations and charities. For partnership inquiries or questions regarding how your organization can participate in our programs or events, please contact:

Our Partners

We are extremely fortunate to work with a broad and growing coalition of organizations and programs.

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) is an out of school time four-year program that provides mentoring for Philadelphia high school girls to help prepare them for, and help them down a path to, college and STEM/E-STEM careers.

One particular example of innovation through WINS is the Cultural Repercussions of Climate Change in Two Communities: A Teenage Viewpoint (CRCC) initiative. CRCC empowers students in Philadelphia and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to gain a greater appreciation of each others’ cultures, how these cultures are influenced by climate change, and how teenagers can play a vital role in educating their communities about climate change.

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Cafeteria Culture

Cafeteria Culture develops hands-on activities around sustainability topics and incorporates them into the school curriculum with the objective of achieving zero waste standards in school cafeterias and climate smart communities, and in dramatically reducing levels of garbage at schools and in the homes of students.

Their ARTS+ACTION Cafeteria Waste Reduction program teaches school youth to become Cafeteria Rangers overseeing/training other students on sorting garbage and recyclables, thereby reducing school waste, while the program also institutes a “Make Change Messaging” component that teaches and empowers youth to be active advocates for climate change issues such as garbage reduction.

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Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Science Career Continuum (SCC) delivers E-STEM enrichment, mentorship, and authentic research opportunities to underserved Chicago Public School students from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM. The program comprises three components-Science First, College First, and undergraduate internships-and targets youth from backgrounds underrepresented in science. SCC has benefited more than 500 students during its 23-year history. SCC’s replicable model supports students along a multi-year path including critical transitions between middle school, high school, and college-and has demonstrated excellent results. Since 2008, 100% of SCC seniors have graduated from high school, 95% have matriculated to college, and 93% of survey responders have earned a post-secondary degree.

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Chicago Eco House

The Chicago Eco House uses sustainability to alleviate poverty in some of the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago. The Eco House is a home-based learning space where youth are treated as neighbors and not as program participants. Youth learn about various aspects of sustainability including 3D printing, backyard chickens, urban agriculture, off grid solar, healthy cooking, etc. Youth are trained to apply these concepts in an entrepreneurial context as they grow flowers and create 3D printed jewelry for sale. The Eco House is designed to “live life” with at risk youth and demonstrate green economic opportunities to give kids an alternative to the streets.

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Chincoteague Bay Field Station

SPARK is an innovative family learning program that seeks to introduce children and their families to nature and environmental issues, encourages learning outside of the classroom, and fosters positive learning interactions between parents and children through an intergenerational and scaffolded approach to E-STEM learning.

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Cobb County School District

In Georgia school district Cobb County’s own words -STEM education programs in Cobb cultivate problem solvers through problem-based learning and critical thinking engagement within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students create, design, build, discover, and collaborate while developing contextual connections between school, community, work, and the global environment.

In the Spring of 2017, UL and Cobb County employed an innovative model, recently developed by UL, when they brought Cobb teachers and fire service professionals together for a first-of-its-kind professional development workshop. Aimed at bridging the gap for students between classroom learning and real-world science and engineering challenges the group worked their way through the UL Xplorlabs’ Fire Forensics: Claims and Evidence module. “Gone are the days of memorizing boring facts,” said Dr. Sally Creel, STEM and Innovation Supervisor at Cobb County Schools. “Now Cobb students are on the case – Was it arson or accident? When learning is relevant and contextualized in a real-world setting, students are more engaged. The opportunity to learn alongside REAL Cobb firefighters and fire investigators is an experience our teachers and students will remember for a lifetime.”

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Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan

NEMIGLSI strives to build vibrant, sustainable communities committed to empowering young people as environmental leaders and social entrepreneurs. A place-based education network of schools and community partners working together, this program engages youth – through their learning – in environmental stewardship projects that make a difference among their communities. This initiative facilitates school-community partnerships, supports schools and educators, and engages youth in student-driven Great Lakes and natural resource stewardship projects accomplished through applied environmental-STEM experiences. NEMIGLSI extends the classroom into the vast woods and waters of Northeast Michigan where youth are valued as community contributors to local, state and national conservation initiatives.

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Cruz Roja Mexicana

UL’s partnership with Cruz Roja Mexicana (“The Mexican Red Cross”) started in February 2012. UL and Cruz Roja’s National Youth Program team began an initiative to promote healthy, safe and sustainable lifestyle for Mexico´s more than 31 million children. UL and Cruz Roja signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to bring Safety Smart messages to all of Mexico’s children via one-on-one Safety Smart Ambassador training through Cruz Roja’s Youth Group Leaders. The collaboration between UL and Cruz Roja Mexicana has yielded amazing and encouraging results with around 1,200 youths trained as Ambassadors, more than 80,000 children reached with Safety Smart messages in all 52 states, from all socio-economic backgrounds.

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Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and Directorate of Education (DoE)

The Directorate of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) provides an efficient and effective fire and emergency services to aid people in distress and to protect the gains accrued through sustained efforts in the State of Goa. The UL-DFES partnership aims to raise the level of Prevention and Preparedness of children in Goa so as to minimize loss of life and property in the State from fire and non-fire emergencies and to inculcate safety consciousness among children and the general public. The DFES train teachers of primary school children of grades I – IV (ages 6-9 years) who in turn train the students on the topic of ‘fire safety’.

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Discover E

Discover E helps unite, mobilize, and support the engineering and technology volunteer communities to increase their collaborative footprint in K-12 education and celebrate with the public as it discovers the value of engineering education and careers. DiscoverE programs provide touchpoints from pre-K into the STEM professions. Their programs and special campaigns are highly collaborative, represent the breadth of engineering, and are compelling yet simple to execute. This strategy enables organizational partners like UL to effectively engage employees as volunteers every year through DiscoverE’s programs to reach millions of students, teachers, and young adults with the message that engineers work with smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter.

DiscoverE’s signature program—Engineers Week—is highly recognized and appreciated by educators, engineers, and engineering students supporting months of volunteer engagement. Through Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the Global Marathon: For, By and About Women in Engineering & Technology, DiscoverE has taken a holistic approach to the issue of girls and women entering and staying in E&T. The Future City Competition is creating new generations of engineers and informed citizens. And Global Day of the Engineer is the only event uniting the E&T community worldwide.

In 2017, UL became part of DiscoverE’s Leadership Council with the highest level of visibility in DiscoverE programs and resources, connecting to other DiscoverE partners, and influencing the future of DiscoverE programs and outreach. This cooperative network of leaders includes corporations like Bechtel, Bentley, ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin, NCEES, Northrop Grumman, and Shell.

The Leadership Council is an ongoing executive advisory group for DiscoverE focused on advising DiscoverE on long-term vision and strategies that will serve the Leadership Council members as well as the entire engineering outreach community. This partnership allows for Shared experiences and benefits of programs to build and engage the coalition.

The potential of this collaboration is to leverage the work and knowledge of the members with DiscoverE and with one another and to deliver a more systematic approach to the issues each organization is tackling alone. These include:

* United efforts to address root cause(s) of STEM issues.

* Scaling programs/gain traction on the core issues. * Shaping DiscoverE program concepts prior to implementation.

* Access to B2B network of peers ready to help.

* Creating global connectivity in outreach.

* Measuring impact of joint efforts.

* Enhanced relationships with college students.

Together they meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences, and making science and math relevant. The foundation and coalition are actively putting the E in STEM.

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Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

In an effort to help keep children safe and healthy around the world UL – in partnership with Disney Publishing Worldwide – developed Safety Smart. Safety Smart is a global educational program designed to improve children’s awareness and understanding of safety, health and environmental issues, and ultimately impact their behavior. Through its efforts, Safety Smart cultivates safety awareness, provides opportunities for children to learn and practice safe behaviors, and helps children make more informed safety choices today and in the future.

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French Firefighters Federation

The French Firefighters Federation has been given the mission to raise awareness of fire safety and prevention to children by the Homeland Security Ministry in France. The firefighters have technical expertise and knowledge of fire and its risks but they do not have any media or materials geared towards children to support their fire safety awareness efforts.

Meanwhile, Private citizens in France are not permitted to enter schools to educate students. However, firefighters have been mandated by the French government to do so. Hence the collaboration between UL France, Disneyland Paris and the French Firefighters Federation was created! UL and Disney trains the firefighters through the “Train the Trainer” model and equips them with the program resources and materials to have them take the safety messages into the classrooms. The firefighters become a very important stakeholder group / key influencers to speak to children directly. The Safety Smart/Wild About Safety materials give them the chance to connect with the children of their communities, educate them in fire safety and prevention, and ultimately empower them to become safe citizens of their communities.

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The Government of Karnataka is a democratically elected body with the governor as the constitutional head. The governor who is appointed for five years appoints the chief minister and on the advice of the chief minister appoints his council of ministers. Even though the governor remains the ceremonial head of the state, the day-to-day running of the government is taken care of by the chief minister and his council of ministers in whom a great amount of legislative powers are vested.

Grand Valley State University College of Education

Groundswell is a place-based environmental education program in the College of Education at Grand Valley State University. The program’s mission is to get students outside and learning through their communities. We model and support effective teaching pedagogy through community-based projects that address a real environmental need. Student engagement and learning through these projects help foster the next generation of environmental stewards. With an extensive professional development program focused on the E-STEM fields, we help teachers incorporate inquiry-based education and Next Generation Science Standards into their practice. We also connect schools to community organizations and provide funding for student-led stewardship projects.

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Green Learning Canada Foundation

Re-Energy is a hands-on, experiential learning program that engages youth in a process of discovery about energy sources – and the advantages and disadvantages of renewables vs non-renewables – and then inspires creativity and problem solving through the building of a working renewable energy technology model: solar ovens, wind turbines, and biogas and hydro generators. Re-Energy enables kids to understand complicated environmental issues – such as climate change – from the entry point of a positive, constructive (literally!) activity firmly rooted in STEM – which is key to inspiring youth to participate as key actors toward achieving a sustainable future.

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Health World Inc.

For over a decade, Health World and UL have collaborated to engage and empower youth to learn and practice safe, healthy and environmentally responsible behavior. Launched in 2014, Health World integrated all 12 Safety Smart animations, in both English and Spanish, onto their eLearning platform. The platform helps ensure 21st century readiness for every student as well as educating them by engaging in safety lesson plans using digital resources. The eLearning environment blends digital instruction with classroom activities and assignments. As of today, over 7.3 million youth have received Safety Smart learning.

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Hurricane Island Foundation

The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership is a learning community that integrates science education, applied research, and leadership development to provide hands-on learning opportunities to all ages. From spring through fall, our emphasis on environmental stewardship comes alive on our offshore, offline, off-the-grid island campus situated in the heart of midcoast Maine. Year-round, we are embedded in our local communities, using education and research to support our schools and our working waterfronts. Our goal is to train and inspire others to be informed and articulate advocates for science and effective and motivated environmental stewards.

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Kawartha World Issues Centre

The Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science (TRACKS) Program works annually with more than 7,000 indigenous youth, primarily ages 8-13, and adults from local First Nations communities on providing skills, knowledge, and activities about environmental science by integrating them with traditional and contemporary indigenous knowledge and culture. TRACKS innovates E-STEM learning through a unique organizational structure, program delivery, curriculum design, and relationship building model, striving to foster cultural pride among Indigenous youth, while engaging them in E-STEM, and helping them to recognize themselves as scientists in both Western and traditional settings. This model is designed embodying the concept of Two-Eyed Seeing, a Mi’kmaw concept that speaks to the depth and richness of learning that encompasses more than one perspective.

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In 2012, the National Consumers League (NCL) announced a major expansion to its LifeSmarts program: a new opportunity for high school students to conduct mentoring and service learning programs in their communities as the result of a partnership with the global safety science company Underwriters Laboratories, UL. UL has supported NCL and LifeSmarts for more than a decade through financial contributions, in-kind donations, and with staff serving as volunteer judges and question masters. Because both organizations encourage and empower children and young adults to practice safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible behavior, and both strive to equip young people with relevant, real-world knowledge, UL and LifeSmarts decided to combine efforts on a joint educational project. Utilizing the existing program format, LifeSmarts built a service learning component that incorporates UL’s Safety Smart® materials. LifeSmarts participants acting as Safety Smart Ambassadors are trained to deliver critical and educational messages covering home, water, fire, environment, online, health, good character and transportation lessons related to safety.

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NY Sun Works

NY Sun Works’ Greenhouse Project is an initiative in New York City that builds science labs in urban public schools using hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers about sustainability science and environmental education. The program engages students in hands-on, project-based learning designing and engineering solutions to local urban food production challenges.

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Ocean Discovery Institute

Ocean Discovery Institute uses science to empower students, from a single urban community, to transform their lives and ultimately our world as E-STEM leaders. Our model uses marine environments as a platform for teaching all disciplines of STEM, and consists of programs that follow young people from elementary through college, and into careers in E-STEM. Programming is paired with access to mentors and other tools students need to overcome challenges they face growing up in underserved communities. Ultimately, these students are becoming the leaders we need to develop solutions that will make a real difference in our world.

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Oceans Learning Partnership

The Coastal Explorers Field School uses the ocean as a teaching tool, involving students in hands-on educational programming onboard their “floating classroom,” at the shoreline, and at onshore partner facilities. Through the program, students explore the marine and coastal environment and contribute to real-world research using scientific tools and oceanographic equipment. Program activities are designed to meet STEM-related K-12 curriculum outcomes.

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San Diego Zoo Global

The ‘Alala Reintroduction Community Inquiry Program provides Hawaii Island students the opportunity to examine firsthand the ecological significance of the ‘alala (Hawaiian crow) through the process of conservation inquiry. Students engage with SDZG researchers at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center (KBCC) before designing and conducting their own ‘alala-enhanced native seed growing experiments on their campus. The program includes comprehensive professional development in open inquiry for Hawaii Island science teachers and fits well with Hawaii’s recent adoption of the NGSS. It also coincides perfectly with the timing of ongoing ‘alala reintroduction efforts, linking activities in the formal classroom to community-wide initiatives.

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School Family Media

UL and School Family Media joined forces in 2012 to sponsor Family Science Nights at schools across the country. Organized by school parent groups in K-8 schools, the events are designed to bring kids, parents and teachers together for an educational and fun night that sparks an interest in science among students. UL and School Family Media collaborate to develop Safety Smart® experiments and hands-on activities for adults and kids to work together to conduct experiments, track results and inspire conversations! Family Science Nights give kids the chance to explore and experiment in a safe, monitored environment. Since UL’s involvement in 2012, Family Science Nights have inspired tens of thousands of budding scientists, and have become one of the most popular family activities in School Family Media’s slate of “Family Night” events.

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Scouts New Zealand

In 2015 UL partnered with SCOUTS New Zealand to bring Safety Smart messages to over 14,000 youths participating in the Keas, Cubs and Scouts groups (ages 5 – 14) throughout New Zealand. SCOUTS New Zealand is the country’s largest mixed youth organization, engaging young people to help them learn skills and engage in experiences which have a basis in real life. UL and SCOUTS collaborated based on shared fundamental ethics and values – change lives, help youth engage in fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, and make a positive impact in their communities. Reinforcing the link between safety, adventure and fun, Safety Smart learning is required as part of the criteria to achieve many Scout Badges.

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Sweet Water Foundation

Sweet Water Foundation’s Apprenticeship & Outreach Program engages systemically disconnected youth into STEM-based programming and STEM higher-education and career pathways. Their workforce development approach uses hands-on, project-based learning experiences marrying centuries old practices with 21st century digital media, tools, and technology to address pressing urban problems. Youth become stewards of the physical land and develop a deep awareness of the urban ecological environment by engaging in urban farming, gardening, and neighborhood beautification, while transforming the built environment via art, architecture, carpentry, design, and engineering projects. While doing so, participating youth tackle real-world problems investigating environmental issues, generating community and youth-driver solutions, and working to bring those solutions to life.

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Techbridge Girls

Techbridge Girls is an award-winning nonprofit whose mission is to excite, educate, and equip girls from low-income communities (with an emphasis on underrepresented minority populations) to achieve economic mobility and better life chances through opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Techbridge Girls envisions a world where all girls lead, contribute, and thrive in STEM. Our year-long ChangeMakers program provides impactful and social/emotional skills and make an impact in their communities by identifying local or environmental challenges affecting their lives.

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Future City is a project-based learning competition that asks teams in middle schools throughout the U.S. to imagine, research, and design virtual reality scale models of cities of the future that emphasize environmental sustainability, with a goal of making the world a better place.

One of the many aspects that sets Future City apart is its use of technology in the classroom, providing students with specialized SimCity software with which to design their future sustainable city, in addition to more traditional methods, such as essays and presentations. Simultaneously Future City tasks its participants with tackling pressing environmental challenges, such as clean energy, clean water, solid waste management, stormwater runoff, and urban agriculture within their city design.

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The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences Department of Epidemiolog Center for Public Health

NIMHANS is an Institute of National Importance under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India. The Department of Epidemiology is the WHO collaborating center for injury prevention and safety promotion. Partnership with NIMHANS is leveraged on advancing road safety issues and child injury prevention in India, which is in-line with safety promotion initiatives of UL India Pvt Ltd. Partnership focuses on developing technical & advocacy resources for road traffic injury prevention and road safety promotion. In year 2017, this partnership has initiated a child injury prevention project with specific focus on school safety assessment and safety promotion in schools.

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The Wild Center

The Adirondack Youth Climate Program is a full-year program engaging youth in climate change initiatives. The program reaches youth leaders through community outreach events, a Youth Climate Leadership Practicum in which youth leaders increase their understanding of climate change and organize around the cause, an annual Youth Climate Summit in which youth meet with professionals and educators on climate change issues, and the creation of student-driven Climate Action Plans in which youth leaders work with peers, teachers, and science professionals to devise a strategy to tackle local impacts of climate change.

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United Arab Emirates – Ministry of Education

The UAE was very keen to raise the level of safety awareness of the children of the UAE given the diversity of its population. There are certain restraints on entering schools and interacting directly with Children without the approval of the Ministry of Education. So UL Middle East signed a MOU with the Ministry of Education and the Interior to promote the program in all public schools across the Emirates! UL Middle East Safety Smart Ambassadors train the teachers through the “Train the Trainer” model and equips them with the program resources and materials to have them take the safety messages into the classrooms. The teachers became a very important stakeholder group / key influencers to speak to children directly. The Safety Smart/Wild About Safety materials give them the chance to connect with the children of their communities, educate them in fire safety and prevention, and ultimately empower them to become safe citizens of their communities.

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University of Idaho Foundation

The University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) connects students to peers, mentors, community leaders, and experts in an E-STEM initiative focusing on the context of Idaho’s land, water, and communities, using problem-based and inquiry-based approaches in small groups to solve complex real-world problems with innovative solutions.

MOSS demonstrates innovation with its focus on place-based expeditions, collaborative online environments, and integration of E-STEM along all grade levels. Inclusive of participants from the K-12 grade range all the way up to PhD faculty, the program has led to numerous peer-reviewed articles and demonstrated success in increasing student science identity and science process skills.

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Design Squad Global (DSG) connects kids, ages 9-13, from across the globe to engineer solutions to needs in their communities including protecting the environment, making children’s and older people’s lives better, improving their schools, and helping people stay healthy and safe. Implemented in global afterschool programs (DSG Clubs) as well as through an award-winning PBS Kids website, DSG provides fun and engaging hands-on opportunities for middle school-aged children to solve environmental problems and build engineering and global competency skills. DSG is a production of WGBH, the leading producer of programming for PBS.

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World Resources Institute

WRI is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. The UL-WRI partnership aims at reducing road crash deaths and injuries involving public buses in India. The project is focused on studying bus crashes across 6 cities/ regions, developing evidence-based solutions to address specific safety concerns, assisting the bus agencies in implementing such solutions and measuring the impact on crash reduction.

WRI and UL’s work towards improving safety of public buses in India has resulted in positive results in the last three years. Both UL and WRI recognize that improving safety of public buses services in India will require a sustained, long-term effort. The ‘Safer Public Bus Transportation’ project is implemented in partnership with the World Resources Institute (WRI) with the aim of reducing road crash deaths and injuries involving public buses in India by adopting multi-level evidence-based interventions. Through this initiative, WRI and UL collaborate with the bus transit agencies for developing solutions to address specific safety concerns and measuring the impact on crash reduction.

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Xpress Minds Edutainment (P) Ltd

Xpress Minds Edutainment is a company that creates, organizes and conducts knowledge events like quizzes, and workshops across India. The New Delhi based company conducts such events for schools, colleges and corporate houses. Xpress Minds Edutainment creates content for such programs, books and websites, conducts mass outreach programs with schools and colleges, and conducts knowledge events across India. Founded by authors and quizmasters Kunal Savarkar and Seema Chari, the company has conducted the National Safety Science Quiz since 2016, and is our knowledge and outreach partner for the National Safety Science Campaign 2018.

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