We believe that it is important for kids to get hooked on science early, so we recently established a three-year, approximately $1.5 million collaboration with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to support a range of activities aimed at enhancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. As a part of the collaboration, we will focus its efforts on teachers and students at two South Boston high schools, Boston Green Academy and Excel High School.
As a part of the our signature program, students will receive additional support for advanced placement (AP) courses and be eligible to participate in a summer internship program at Vertex through Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s Summer Jobs campaign. We’ll also award one of the students at these two schools a university scholarship, up to $25,000 per year.
We also recognize that teachers play a critical role in student achievement, and we’re providing support for their ongoing professional development by sponsoring a teacher-researcher fellowship program. Teachers from the two South Boston schools will partner with our scientists and exposed to current research and laboratory techniques and skills before returning to their schools to share these experiences with their colleagues.
Our employees will also work with the students that visit a new 3,000 square foot learning lab in our new Fan Pier headquarters that will be available for use by BPS and other community groups.