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Community Impact

Our Commitment to STEM Education

Our Vision

Vertex is committed to inspiring and equipping under-resourced students to become the next generation of scientific leaders. We have developed strong relationships with local education leaders, schools in our neighborhoods and students across our communities to help provide young people with a pathway to success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.

Inside Vertex:

Learning Lab

Thomas M. Menino Vertex Learning Lab

The Thomas M. Menino Learning Lab is a 3,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory space and is the home of our on-site programs that provide hands-on STEM opportunities to Boston Public School students, specifically focusing on our partner high schools.

Class Visits

Boston Public School teachers bring their students to the Learning Lab for science activities that reinforce concepts being taught in the classroom but require resources that the schools do not have. The Learning Lab provides students a safe space for learning, failing and growing.

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After-school Mentorship

BPS high school students are paired with mentors to work on independent science and engineering research projects. 

Watch our program in action

Female scientist working with female student

Internships

Students gain real-world experience in STEM fields. For the high school internship program, run through the Learning Lab, we partner with the Private Industry Council to recruit eligible Boston Public School students to apply to the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program. 

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Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship

The equivalent to a four-year, full scholarship is given to pursue an education in STEM at any University of Massachusetts campus.

Meet this year's recipient