WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO), the world leader in serving
science, today announced it will partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of
America (BGCA) to extend science, technology, engineering and math
(STEM) education to thousands of children and teens across the country.
Thermo Fisher’s initial contribution and in-kind support is valued at
$340,000, with an additional investment over a three-year period after a
successful pilot year.
“Our philanthropic focus is to inspire the next generation of scientists
and engineers by introducing them to STEM subjects in a way that is
engaging and fun,” said Marc N. Casper, president and chief executive
officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific. “Boys & Girls Clubs of America and
Thermo Fisher share the same commitment to STEM. Together we will have a
greater impact in making math and science education accessible so that
young students gain the skills needed to compete in a global economy.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that STEM-related
occupations will expand to more than 9 million by 2022. This is an
increase of 1 million jobs compared with 2012, when the last detailed
report was issued.
A BGCA participant at a recent Thermo Fisher STEM education program
“I never realized how much fun designing and building is. I always
thought this was something only boys did. I was a little nervous about
doing the activity, but I had so much fun! I am really good at building
things and being creative. Now, I want to be an engineer when I grow up!”
Emma, age 10
Thermo Fisher will enhance the existing BGCA DIY STEM curriculum by
donating more than 4,500 of its STEM-credible lab safety kits, as well
as additional equipment so participants can safely conduct experiments
and explore science. Each STEM-credible kit includes a reusable
drawstring bag, nitrile gloves, splash guard goggles, a lab safety apron
and a notebook. During its pilot year, more than 300 Boys & Girls Clubs
across 27 regions will have access to the new “DIY STEM Kit, Powered
by Thermo Fisher,” benefitting more than 15,000 children and teens.
In addition to DIY STEM kits, Thermo Fisher will fund BGCA’s plan to
test, refine and scale the essential elements of their STEM program.
This will ensure consistent and high-quality STEM programming, improve
the staff’s ability to deliver high-quality STEM experiences and provide
a roadmap at various engagement levels to gauge readiness for
post-secondary education and careers in STEM.
“To genuinely prepare our nation’s kids and teens for tomorrow’s
economy, we must engage students beyond the classroom and offer
interactive and fun opportunities to ignite a passion in STEM fields,”
said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. “Thanks to our partnership
with Thermo Fisher, more members will have access to tools and STEM
learning to build pathways and achieve a greater future.”
About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving
science, with revenues of $17 billion and more than 50,000 employees in
50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world
healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life
sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient
diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier
brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher
Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of
innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive
support. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org)
has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as
productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,200 Clubs
serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and
community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing
and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families
in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations
worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun,
friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis
during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic
success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a
Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives.
National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook
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