Changing the World Through STEM

The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM.

At Danaher, our priority is to ensure that we create opportunities to promote STEM education, especially at the middle and high school level.  For the past three years, Danaher joined Beckman Coulter Life Sciences and Molecular Devices during the annual Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) conference to make donation to a local STEM school. This year, Pall attended the conference and supported bringing the donation to $10,000!

This year’s recipient of the STEM donation was H.D. Woodson High School located in Washington D.C. 100% of the school population (762) are minority and considered economically disadvantaged (receiving free or reduced lunch). Students have the opportunity to participate in the NAF Program which is an organization helping to shape America’s future workforce by transforming the learning environment to include STEM infused industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships.

In addition to NAF, students also participate in the city renowned afterschool STEM Academy which increases STEM performance and interest of participating students K-12, in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  The $10,000 donation will help to maintain and enhance both programs for H.D. Woodson students.

“After learning about H.D. Woodson’s involvement in the NAF program and also the city renowned STEM Academy we were proud to be able to help contribute to the success of these students,” says Chris Suttile, Marketing Manager, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences.

After the check presentation, the students received coordinated walk-throughs of each OpCo’s booth. At the Beckman Coulter booth they saw automated liquid handler workstations and a demonstration on how they can be integrated with a robot to automate the transfer between the work station and a Molecular Device Plate reader. They also looked at a NGS (Next-Generation Sequencing) workstation where they learned how genetic sequencing speed has increased from years to just a day to sequence a genome.

At the Molecular Devices booth, the students looked at the new SpectraMax iDC Multi-Mode Microplate reader, ImageXpress Micro 4 and learned how it can be used to visualize cellular structures.

At the Pall Laboratory booth, the students learned about some of the consumables that are used by the various instruments and looked the Pioneer FE SPR system from ForteBio which allows for protein characterization.