Designing STEM outreach programs for K-12 classrooms often becomes a balancing act between ambitious goals and limited resources. Scientific equipment is just one kind of resource, but one that is unavailable to many schools. Time is a less obvious resource, but time away from classroom curriculum is becoming increasingly hard for teachers to justify with their administrators. And personal access to relevant experts – face time with actual scientists – is a resource that many programs don’t even get to add to their wish lists.
"Ultimately, I aspire to become a principal investigator (PI) with my own lab crewed by brilliantly blossoming scientists. As of now, I am fascinated by neuroimmunology and the role of neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative diseases."
Host University: Washington University in St. Louis
There’s a mobile shipping container traveling around the country getting kids excited about science.
“This is Millipore Sigma’s Curiosity Cube,” Rebecca Dowd, curiosity cube coordinator, said. “It’s a retrofitted shipping container that’s been turned into a mobile science lab […] to do hands on science experiments with students.”
It’s all a part of Millipore Sigma’s goal of introducing kids to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Last week, 150 fourth graders at North Intermediate Middle School experienced a unique way to learn about science when the Curiosity Cube visited their school. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile technology and science lab sponsored by Millipore Sigma, a global life science company with offices in the local area. Millipore Sigma uses the lab in an effort to spark student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Rebecca Dowd, Millipore Sigma Curiosity Cube Coordinator, directed the day’s events along with other volunteers from her company.
"Even though I didn’t work on drug design in this program, Nakamura Lab and Japan in general taught me one very crucial thing: how to work. I saw people putting their soul into their projects and generating new ideas every single day."
Hlib Razumkov Kyiv, Ukraine Host University: University of Tokyo Home University: University of Toronto Amgen Scholar Year: 2017 Major: Biological chemistry specialist Expected Graduation: 2020
"I also enjoyed interacting with many international students in my lab. I have come to realize that I have many colleagues with which to work, as well as lots of goals toward which I can work outside of Kyoto University."
Hiroki Fukuda Osaka, Japan Host University: Kyoto University Home University: Kyoto University Amgen Scholar Year: 2017 Major: Biosensing engineering Expected Graduation: March 2018
Bancroft Elementary fifth graders were smiling, giggling, and asking questions on Thursday as they learned about DNA, 3-D printing, and brain cells.
The students had the opportunity to explore the Curiosity Cube, a mobile science lab developed by MilliporeSigma, an international science company. The Curiosity Cube began travelling around the country in March, and will end it's 2017 tour in late November.
There are plenty of science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM fields out there and Millipore Sigma, a life-sciences company, wants to share some of the field’s newest technologies with students to generate interest.
Sitting in the parking lot of Lt. Job Lane Elementary School is a bright yellow shipping container. While it is relatively common for schools to have containers outside their main buildings for additional storage, there is much more than spare desks and office supplies in this metal box. In fact, it is a mobile science lab, filled with state-of-the-art equipment and scientists ready to help students explore the world of science.