MilliporeSigma: Making Science Great Again In The US

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Science is integral to our world. We desperately need the next generation of scientists to continue making tomorrow’s discoveries. Yet, in the US, while the number of job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields is expected to increase significantly, there are still many well-paid STEM jobs that employers struggle to fill because the talent pool is too shallow. Experts have predicted that there will be a shortfall of 230,000 qualified advanced-degree STEM workers in the US by 2018.

Taking action, MilliporeSigma has crafted a powerhouse initiative centered on curiosity by kicking off a year-long ‘Curiosity Cube™’ tour, taking leading-edge science technology and experiments to American students, to inspire them to seek a career in science. The Curiosity Cube™ tour builds on MilliporeSigma’s successful Curiosity Labs™ program, involving its employees who volunteer their time to deliver hands-on, interactive science lessons to students. This Cube™ will give visitors the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the possibilities of a future career in STEM. MilliporeSigma believes that by allowing pupils to consider this area, it will help recruit them to advance this cause.

Equipped with the latest technology, the Curiosity Cube™ is a specially retrofitted shipping container, transformed into 22x10-foot mobile science lab, providing a learning environment that allows visitors of all ages to become immersed in specific science topics—from learning about how DNA works to building their own, custom microbe using a 3D printer. This year, it will stop at more than two dozen places across the US with the aim to reach and engage with 350,000 students. Cities on the Curiosity Cube’s™ tour include Boston, Austin, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Washington, DC. It’s revolutionizing the way that young people think about research and science.

Drumming up interest in STEM careers is also a concern in Silicon Valley. According to a report commissioned by Microsoft, “every job in technology that is unfilled also means the loss of as many as five other jobs.” Microsoft is not alone in its thinking; other tech companies are also trying to grow the next generation of science students by encouraging immigration reform, as well as an increase in domestic STEM education programs. 

Millipore, like Microsoft, knows it is crucial to reinvigorate teenagers about pursuing opportunities in STEM and other related fields, as it will help to drive the economy and innovation. 

Photo Credit: Milipore Sigma/Curiosity Cube ™