Head of School’s Letter

Real-World Connections

Posted by Joanna on January 5, 2017

How do our students make real-world connections to their science, technology, engineering and math curriculum? One way is by experiencing authentic laboratory work at the longest-running, hands-on science lab in the United States, Biogen’s Community Lab!

Upon their return to school on Tuesday, ASM’s 6th, 7th and 8th year students traveled to Cambridge to work alongside Biogen’s scientists in the field of biotechnology. After learning about Alzheimer’s, a neurocognitive disease of the brain, our students gained experience using a spectrophotometer to measure the amount of tumor-related protein 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 Alzheimer’s.

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!

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