Thermo Fisher Scientific and Illinois Science Olympiad Host STEM Workshop in Rockford

Rockford, Illinois — Thermo Fisher Scientific has announce it will host a STEM workshop Rockford, Illinois where students and coaches will receive training and preparatory materials in advance of area STEM competitions.

Who: Joe Simmons, co-director, Illinois Science Olympiad; Jim Turmo, site leader and protein and cellular analysis operations director, Thermo Fisher Scientific; more than 60 scientists and researchers from Thermo Fisher Scientific; approximately 200 middle and high school students (grades 6-12) and coaches from the Rockford, Ill., area.

What: Thermo Fisher Scientific will host a workshop in collaboration with the Illinois Science Olympiad to educate, train and deliver supplies to “teams” of students in the Rockford area in advance of local and regional science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competitions. More than 60 volunteers from Thermo Fisher’s Rockford facility will lend expertise in fields such as protein modeling, cell biology, molecular science and engineering to Olympiad participants and coaches. The workshop will feature informational and interactive sessions for students to familiarize themselves with the content and competition format of upcoming Olympiad competitions.

When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CT. Media invited for entire event; interviews and optimal photo opportunities available between 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Where: Rock Valley College, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, Ill.

Why: By engaging with young Science Olympiad participants, Thermo Fisher and the Illinois Science Olympiad support local student interest and excitement in pursuing STEM-related careers. The Science Olympiad is one of the largest K-12 STEM organizations in the U.S., challenging 7,800 teams in all 50 states to engage with a variety of life and earth science, engineering and technology fields. Jobs in science and engineering are increasing, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that from 2010 to 2020, employment in these occupations will grow by nearly 19 percent. Too few students are prepared to fill these positions, however, with only 25 percent of high school seniors scoring at or above the proficient level in math, and 21 percent scoring proficient or advanced in science.

The partnership with the Illinois Science Olympiad serves to advance Thermo Fisher’s mission to promote STEM education programs. In 2016, Thermo Fisher’s STEM education efforts impacted more than 83,500 students and more than 670 schools worldwide. Thermo Fisher employs more than 300 people at its Rockford location, which focuses on the development and manufacturing of products for protein research.

About: Thermo Fisher Scientific Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of more than $20 billion and approximately 65,000 employees globally. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, deliver medicines to market and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive services.

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