Kim Brown is the AAPS communications and social media manager in the Public Outreach Department.
Today, AAPS is happy to participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, an annual event developed to encourage girls and boys across the country to dream without gender limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work, and community lives. This national, public education program connects what children learn at school with the actual working world. AAPS staff worked diligently to plan a program for the day that would teach students about the daily work of our organization, as well as pharmaceutical science, and how medicine works in the body.
A heightened focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in U.S. schools has been encouraged in recent years, as educators and policymakers are concerned with students falling behind their peers around the world in related disciplines.
Studies show that children exposed to STEM educational resources at a very young age perform better in science and math than students who are not. Students who are taught by experienced and well trained math and science teachers have also been shown to outperform students with less experienced teachers. In addition, STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators.
We hope the presentations today encouraged the young students to get more involved in STEM at their schools and ignited their desire to learn about science and related fields. We aim to develop and advance more future pharmaceutical scientists!
Welcome Our Students!
Georgia Reitzel’s favorite subject is science, where she just finished learning about the endocrine system. Today, she hopes to learn more about the science behind pharmaceutical sciences.
Lauryn Bolds’ favorite subject is math, where she is learning about means, medians, and modes. Today, she hopes to learn more about how AAPS manages its money.
Alaina Portlock’s favorite subject is science, where she has been learning about erosion. Today, she hopes to learn more about how pharamceutical sciences help people.
From left to right: Georgia Reitzel, Lauryn Bolds, and Alaina Portlock
Students performing an experiment to learn about pharmaceutial science, from left to right: Alaina Portlock; Lauryn Bolds; Georgia Reitzel; and Megan McNear, AAPS senior public outreach specialist
Are there any changes you’d like to see in STEM programs at school? In what way can you lend your expertise to teachers and students?