Thermo Fisher Scientific and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are changing the game for a 21st-century STEM workforce.
The demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) talent continues to grow at a remarkable pace, while access to high-quality STEM education lags behind. Thermo Fisher Scientific and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are changing the game by nurturing a 21st-century STEM workforce that accurately reflects our society and leverages its diversity to solve the world’s most complex problems.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has been a national partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 2016. Through the expansion of Boys & Girls Clubs’ DIY STEM Program, the launch of STEM training pathways for Club staff and the passionate engagement of employees to spark youth interest in STEM fields, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are increasing STEM education equity by connecting more underserved youth with high-quality learning experiences that inspire and propel them into thriving STEM careers.
DIY STEM is Boys & Girls Clubs’ hands-on, activity-based STEM curriculum for youth ages 9 to 12. Since 2016, Thermo Fisher Scientific has helped create and distribute DIY STEM kits with hands-on activities that connect youth with everyday science concepts. Additionally, they promote safe scientific exploration with donations of personal protective equipment. When the coronavirus pandemic shifted DIY STEM content to MyFuture, Boys & Girls Clubs’ premier digital platform, Thermo Fisher Scientific pledged to develop and support new virtual content, events and competitions that spark STEM career excitement and connect youth to STEM professionals with similar identities and relevant career experiences.
Starting in 2021, Thermo Fisher Scientific is investing in Club capacity-building through Boys & Girls Clubs’ STEM training pathways. STEM training pathways comprise of a series of trainings and targeted resources to help Boys & Girls Clubs’ youth development professionals build essential STEM knowledge and facilitation skills. STEM training pathways are aligned with Boys & Girls Clubs’ youth development priorities to ensure high-quality, age-appropriate and culturally relevant programming for all Club members.
“Members loved the DIY STEM kits from Thermo Fisher because of their passion for hands-on learning, which encourages a more engaging form of education. Since members are completing school virtually, they do not have the opportunity to learn through hands-on experimenting. Members enjoyed making slime the most and they used their creations as a sensory fidget toy after making it.”
- Kady Phelps, Education and Arts Manager, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue of approximately $35 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or increasing productivity in their laboratories, we are here to support them. Our global team of more than 90,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com.
Through partnering with Samsung, we expanded access to the DIY STEM program and developed the Climate Superstars Challenge. The DIY STEM program serves as the entry-point for all members' STEM learning experience at Clubs and provides youth exposure to STEM through five modules: Energy and Electricity, Engineering Design, Food Chemistry, Aeronautics and the Science of Sports: Football. Climate Superstars aims to encourage youth to raise awareness about climate change and motivate them to take actions that help protect the environment.
Samsung's partnership enables interactive, hands-on learning while providing students with new perspectives on STEM careers and access to the latest technology. In addition, our partnership with Samsung goes beyond our programs and includes cause marketing initiatives that help promote awareness and drive donations for the organization. Through exclusive access to unique experiences such as the Las Vegas Galaxy Studio pop-up with singer Kelly Rowland and music producer and artist DJ Marshmello and a Winter Wonderland video production featuring YouTube star Casey Neistat, Samsung helps expand their understanding of STEM and encourages them to be the next generation of creators and innovators.
Samsung puts cutting edge technologies in the hands of underserved youth at Clubs across the country who otherwise wouldn't have access. Through state-of-the-art Tween Tech Centers outfitted with the latest technologies, including laptops, tablets, and more, Samsung has helped modernize the learning spaces at Boys & Girls Clubs. Samsung has put cutting-edge technologies in the hands of underserved youth at Clubs across the country who otherwise may not have access. Through state-of-the-art Tween Tech Centers outfitted with tablets, laptops and the latest technologies, Samsung has helped modernize the learning spaces at Boys & Girls Clubs.
The partnership has also equipped our Youth Development Professionals with essential technology and resources to implement the DIY STEM curriculum with fidelity at Clubs across the country and on military installations around the world. BGCA is proud to have Samsung as a partner in STEM education and environmental sustainability.
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Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today's technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America's fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com. For the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.
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