Our Commitment to STEM Education
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.
“STEM education is so important to Vertex because we want to contribute to our community. As a company that's founded on science and innovation, we want to make sure that the people who live and work around here have the best opportunities to grow and develop.”
“Students who are involved in STEM learn things like confidence as they approach complicated problems. They learn how to collaborate; they learn how to be creative.”
“The Learning Lab experience is not just about the facts they might learn or the experiments they might do. It's about meeting Melodie as the teacher; it's about meeting the scientists who work here. And I think it makes it real for them - that they could do it too - and that's hope. That's opportunity.”
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.
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.
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.