On November 8th, New York Health Works and PhRMA awarded a STEM Talent Pipeline Grant to Escuela República del Perú, a public school in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
During Hurricane Maria last fall, the school’s science lab was severely damaged. The grant will support the rebuilding of the school and outfitting of a new science lab, allowing students to pursue STEM studies.
STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, careers are vital in today’s workforce. As study in the sciences and technology evolves, teaching students core STEM skills becomes increasingly necessary. The STEM Talent Pipeline grant program was created to help fund opportunities for students to pursue STEM-related education so they can meet the growing demand in the workforce.
During the event, we heard from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who was joined by a number of other elected officials such as Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Assembly Members Robert Rodriguez, Walter Mosley, Aridia Espinal, Michael DenDekker, Senator Jamaal Bailey, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and NYC Council Members Vanessa Gibson and Francisco Moya.
The event was led by Hilda Vives, the School Director at Escuela República del Perú: “I am extremely grateful and happy, because we really needed this help. Our students need to use technology in their daily lives and this donation will contribute to their education and their future.”
Laura Perloff from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) shared how the biopharmaceutical industry is committed to investing in future innovators who will keep America at the forefront of new breakthroughs.
We are proud to be a part of transforming the future by providing STEM education opportunities to students and assisting to rebuild an educational resource at Escuela República del Perú that is inspiring tomorrow’s STEM leaders.