Plato, STEM, and inspiring the next generation of scientists

Inspiring kids with STEM education

Inspiring kids with STEM education

Plato wrote "Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil." Well, STEM education is one of the best solutions to a narrow world view!

This week, PhRMA shared a first-of-its-kind report about the ways biopharmaceutical companies support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recently found the US will need to produce one million more STEM graduates over the next decade in order to continue to be the world’s leader in science and technology innovation. Obviously, the biopharma research sector sees the writing on the wall here, and that’s why GSK and other companies are so committed to getting kids excited about STEM. (We also understand the link between the Arts and Sciences, so we also tend to put a little STEAM in our STEM support, bringing the fine arts to students who may not have easy access to museums.)

Mary Linda Andrews, from GSK’s Community Parnerships team, blogged about our support for STEM education over at PhRMA, along with others from the industry. It is great to see the support this issue is getting from the wide range of companies involved.