Thermo Fisher Scientific is committed to inspiring a new generation of innovators that will allow us to continue to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Through educational programming and partnerships, we provide opportunities for our colleagues to engage with the communities in which they live and work to share their knowledge and experience. Through our annual Global STEM Day and science and engineering festivals, we promote our STEM education programs and encourage our colleagues to engage with their local communities and excite students about careers in STEM.
Research shows that students begin losing interest in STEM-related subjects around 11-13 years of age, which is why we have designed our STEM education outreach to focus on connecting with students during this critical time. We realize that many educational institutions lack the resources to bridge the subject matter taught within a textbook to real-world applications. As an industry leader, we believe it is our responsibility to help make this connection, ensuring continued interest in STEM subjects and careers in future generations.
Our signature STEM education programs connect students and colleagues through hands-on and team-based activities that highlight our technologies, make connections to careers in STEM and demonstrate how our company impacts the world. Our programs: Innovation Nation, STEM Design Challenge, STEMcredible Kits, and Career Connections, are available to our colleagues to implement in their local communities around the world. These activities can be delivered through individual efforts or through team events planned through our Community Action Councils and Employee Resource Groups.
We realize that in these unprecedented times educators are being asked to provide a curriculum to students like never before – virtually. We have customized several of our Innovation Nation activities to allow them to be conducted in the home environment. In addition to activity instructions, our worksheets also include a look at the science behind the activity, discussion questions, and connections to careers. To request a live demonstration of one of the activities below or career discussion for your students by one of our scientists, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEM program reach decreased in 2020 as a result of the ongoing global pandemic
The Innovation Nation program provides our colleagues with presentations, lab materials, and instructions to guide students through a variety of hands-on and digital activities exploring concepts in life science, physics, chemistry, and computer science. Through this program, students learn about our technologies as well as the different types of careers found within our industry.
The STEM Design Challenge gives our colleagues a framework for hosting an engineering design competition at a local school or non-profit organization. Students work in teams to design solutions to a specific challenge utilizing the K’NexTM Construction Toy System. Challenges range from creating a nano- robot to treat cancer, to designing a machine that can remove trash from the ocean. Throughout the Challenge, students learn the importance of teamwork and good communication while presenting their designs to a panel of Thermo Fisher colleagues who serve as judges during the final competition.
Through our STEM-credible Kit program, we donate kits packed with reusable lab aprons, chemical splash safety goggles, and gloves, as well as lab notebooks, to local schools and non-profit organizations. The program also serves a two-fold purpose for our colleagues: they have an opportunity to utilize our Practical Process Improvement (PPI) Business System principles to optimize the packing of these safety kits and it is a meaningful team-building activity.
Our partners help us deliver on our commitment to inspire a new generation of innovators through STEM education involvement. These partnerships not only support students, but also provide colleagues with rewarding volunteer opportunities. Learn more about how we collaborate with STEM education non-profits and universities through our giving and early talent development programs.
Our partners help us deliver on our commitment to inspire a new generation of innovators through STEM education involvement. These partnerships not only support students but also provide colleagues with rewarding volunteer opportunities.
In 2016, we formed a national partnership with the BGCA to support the organization in expanding its STEM curriculum to thousands of youth across the country.