Real-World Connections through Community Partners
Posted by Joanna on January 11, 2018
How do our students make real-world connections to their science, technology, engineering and math curriculum? How do they apply their skills and knowledge to authentic lab work? How do they gain insight into potential STEM career paths? They do this by going on a field trip to Biogen, the longest-running, hands-on Community Science Lab in the United States!
ASM’s 6th, 7th and 8th year students traveled to Cambridge last week to work alongside a Biogen scientist in the field of biotechnology. After learning about multiple sclerosis, a neurocognitive disease of the brain and nervous system, our students gained experience using a spectrophotometer to measure the amount of disease protein absorbed in mock patient samples. Students observed a link between algebraic methods used in the classroom and real-world analysis. The analysis performed indicated the patients’ responsiveness to a drug being developed to slow the progression of MS.
ASM’s deep experiential curriculum is complemented by relationships with community partners such as Biogen, whose mission is to “inspire the next generation of STEM leaders through hands-on learning”. Thank you Biogen!