The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation recently named Melrose High School as one of the new schools selected for the BioTeach education program, according to a press statement.
Melrose High, one of four schools in Middlesex County that were recently named to the BioTeach program, will receive $15,000 in grant funding for lab equipment and supplies, three days of teacher professional development and the opportunity for students to participate in a variety of college and career exploration experiences, according to the statement.
"The MassBioEd BioTeach grant will provide Melrose teachers with significant professional development opportunities along with new biotechnology equipment to benefit all of our high school science students," said Julie Shea, chairman of the Science, Business and Technology department at Melrose High, in the statement. "In addition, the opportunities for career and college workshops that are made possible through the grant will help our STEM Pathway students further define their career aspirations. This grant, along with this year's complete renovation of our science labs and the purchase of new curriculum materials, will provide our students with a 21st century science education so that they are prepared to pursue postsecondary education and careers in the sciences."
In addition to Melrose High, Bedford High School, Chelmsford High School and Medford Vocational Technical High School were also named BioTeach schools. Funding for this BioTeach cohort comes from a $100,000 grant generously awarded through Cummings Foundation’s new $100k for 100 program.
"By becoming part of the BioTeach program, these four Middlesex County schools will be able to take their scientific curriculum to the next level," said Joel Swets, executive director of Cummings Foundation, in the statement. "We are proud to support MassBioEd Foundation’s important work in enhancing STEM education in Massachusetts and cultivating future scientists."
The biotechnology industry, which employs more than 56,462 residents in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is one of the fastest growing sectors of the state’s economy, reads the statement. To help sustain the growth of the industry, MassBioEd is working with MassBio, the Commonwealth, and the state’s leading biotechnology, life sciences, and pharmaceutical companies to inspire and train future scientists, adds the statement.