In Missouri, three out of the four fastest growing occupations are in STEM careers.
To help students prepare for STEM careers and close the education gap, MilliporeSigma localized partner STEMpact is working to transform STEM education and provide resources to teachers and schools in the St. Louis, Missouri area.
Encouraging self-driven curiosity for learning in all students
Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation
“Why do those mountains look so different?” So said a young girl to her grandfather. She was used to the saguaro cactus of Tucson Arizona, but here they were hiking in the Teton National Forest past a mountain covered with lodgepole pine trees.
Her grandfather was about to tell her the answer when he stopped himself – Should I answer as her grandfather, or should I answer as a science teacher? He decided to respond to her question with a question:
Both Orla Hennessy’s parents were successful medical doctors, but she wasn’t sure she wanted to follow in their footsteps — especially her father’s. As an interventional cardiologist, he was often gone on 24-hour calls.
Still, when Hennessy finished high school early and at 16 was faced with a decision about what studies to pursue, she chose medicine.