On November 20th, Connecticut State Representative, Themis Klarides, joined Laura McCabe, senior director of advocacy and strategic alliances of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), to announce a new educational grant for Beecher Road School to support the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. In addition to announcing the new funding support, Ms. McCabe and Representative Klarides met with students to talk about furthering their STEM education and the many opportunities to apply those skills in the biopharmaceutical sector.
Beecher Road School is a public elementary school educating students from PreK-6th grade. The STEM Talent Pipeline grant will be used to support the school’s expansion of STEAM learning and Maker Space type projects which provide a hands-on creative learning experience for students. Students learn to develop and use practical applications of the STEAM concepts typically taught in their classes.
“STEM learning is such a critical component to helping our children expand their horizons. I’m so proud to be presenting this STEM Talent Pipeline grant to Beecher Road School,” said State Representative Themis Klarides. “The teachers and administration here are dedicated to ensuring that our students are ready to meet future challenges and succeed in life. From Pre-K to sixth grade, Beecher is able to combine the fundamentals of education with the use of technology and STEAM learning. This learning lab along with any future programming additions made possible through this grant will only help students excel even further.”
“The biopharmaceutical industry is committed to supporting America’s future innovators. STEM programs that incorporate hands-on experiences allow students to gain valuable experience,” said Laura McCabe. “The concepts they learn here will better prepare them for their future careers in STEM fields.’
“We are proud to see our efforts in expanding our STEAM instruction receiving recognition from PhRMA. As a school community we work diligently to empower our students to persevere as innovators and collaborators in preparation for their role as responsible global citizens,” said Principal Analisa Sherman. “Our students travel to India and the depths of the ocean using VR goggles, design and 3-D print boats, learn coding starting in Kindergarten, examine microscopic organisms and engage in a wide variety of hands-on educational experiences through our STEAM lab and Maker Space-inspired work. We are giving our students the knowledge and experiences to be successful in the future!”
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $900 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $79.6 billion in 2018 alone. For information on how innovative medicines save lives, please visit: www.PhRMA.org, www.Innovation.org, www.MAT.org, www.Facebook.com/PhRMA, and www.Twitter.com/PhRMA.