Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) today announced more than $500,000 in new grants to more than a dozen educational institutions and organizations working to enhance the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in K-12 schools and colleges in New Jersey.
As a global biopharmaceutical leader, Bristol-Myers Squibb has for many years supported innovative learning opportunities in the sciences for children who attend schools in the communities where its employees live and work. In central New Jersey, which is home to three of the company’s six global research and development centers, the company focuses on promoting hands-on, inquiry-based learning activities that enable students to explore their interests in the sciences and science-related careers.
This is accomplished in two ways: by helping educators discover new ways to bring science to life and inspire K-12 learners and by providing meaningful opportunities for students to learn – and apply their learning – about topics such as biology, chemistry, genetics, robotics, engineering, alternative energy and environmental science.
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Centers for Science Teaching and Learning at Rider University in Lawrenceville and at Montclair State University in Montclair are the company’s signature investments in STEM education in New Jersey. These centers, which each work with more than a dozen school districts and private schools in central and northern New Jersey, respectively, are changing how in-service and pre-service K-12 educators learn to teach science and mathematics. A third Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Teaching and Learning is located at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, near the company’s fourth U.S.-based R&D center in Wallingford, Connecticut.“To function in our rapidly changing world it is essential that high school graduates leave prepared to enter the workforce or pursue post-secondary education competent in fundamental scientific content as well as scientific reasoning and habits of mind,” says Kathleen M. Browne, Ph.D., outgoing director, of the SELECT program at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Rider University. “Rider SELECT programs have worked with many districts for 12 years to help teachers help students learn most effectively through inquiry instruction and science practices and through connected learning strategies aligned with state standards. Engaging students in the practice of science and in the study of those practices is essential for effective learning. We have been fortunate to do so through generous funding from Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and other foundations.”