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GSK STEM Equity Grants

To further our commitment to increase the number of diverse Philadelphia students entering STEM careers by 2030, GSK will support at least $1 million in grant funds each year to nonprofit organizations working to address inequity in STEM education and career pathways.

In 2020, we are proud to support the following programs with GSK STEM Equity Grants:

Fund for the School District of Philadelphia

STEM Resources for K-12: STEM Virtual Labs & STEM Mini-Grants

Due to the ongoing the COVID-19 pandemic, School District of Philadelphia students are receiving virtual instruction in all subjects, including science. To provide teachers and students the opportunity to engage in science investigation and experiments while in a virtual setting, this grant will support a district-wide virtual laboratory software. These curricular enhancements will help teachers and students to engage more deeply in their science content during the pandemic and beyond, unhampered by inequity in science lab spaces or equipment. STEM mini-grants will also be offered to teachers so that they can develop new project-based learning experiences in STEM for students that will be tailored to their local community and interests, when they return to in-person instruction.

Increasing Equity in Philadelphia STEM Instruction

This multi-year GSK investment will support 100 middle school math and science teachers to implement new curricula that aim to increase participation, engagement and success for students underrepresented in STEM careers, including girls and Black and Latinx students. Funding will support training, materials and ongoing coaching to teachers, and positively impact the success of 32,000 students across the School District of Philadelphia.

Learn about the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.

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College of Physicians of Philadelphia – STEM Internship Program

This innovative summer and academic-year internship program for 22 high school students, recruited city-wide, links STEM learning with social-justice issues.

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College of Physicians of Philadelphia

These students, many of whom have been directly affected by violence, are able to explore the impact of violence through STEM disciplines like public health and forensics while making a difference in their own community. The program aims to help them form peer and mentor relationships, graduate on-time, apply to college, and pursue STEM majors and careers.

Learn about the College of Physicians of Philadelphia – STEM Internship Program.

 

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Philadelphia Robotics Coalition

The Philadelphia Robotics Coalition supports robotics programming for Philadelphia public school students.

The “hands-on, minds-on” STEM challenges that students face in robotics programs assist them in building critical thinking, problem solving and communications skills. Their experience working together with a team also helps them to learn essential skills like cooperation and dependability. Providing Philadelphia students with the opportunity to engage in robotics builds important skills and experiences to increase their interest and success in STEM courses and future careers.

Learn about the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition.

 

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Wistar Institute – Accelerated Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) Program

For the past 20 years, The Wistar Institute has provided two summers of paid, hands-on biomedical research training for students from the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), opening doors to careers in the life sciences for diverse students for whom these opportunities have been limited.

Biomedical research training for students at Wistar Institute
Wistar Institute – Accelerated Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to postpone this important program in 2020, Wistar will pilot a new accelerated training program in Summer 2021. This investment will support 15 technician trainees from CCP to engage in hands-on research and prepare for biomedical careers or continue their education, expanding a diverse and highly-skilled workforce for life sciences in Philadelphia.

Learn about the Wistar Institute – Accelerated Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) Program.

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Pennsylvania Society of Biomedical Research (PSBR) – Science Program and Research Coach (SPARC)

PSBR will deliver hands-on science instruction through their SPARC van to students across Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Society of Biomedical Research (PSBR) – Science Program and Research Coach (SPARC)

Informed by real-world biomedical industry partners, PSBR will utilize its science programs to "SPARC” underrepresented students’ interest in the biomedical field and inspire them to pursue STEM education and career pathways.  They will utilize their mobile program to bring curriculum-enhancing biomedical science lessons directly to students in both in-school and out-of-school time settings and will provide professional development to participating teachers and instructors.

Learn about the Pennsylvania Society of Biomedical Research SPARC program.

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