AstraZeneca Powers the Next Generation of Scientists at USASEF

AstraZeneca will serve as this year’s title sponsor at the USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF)’s X-STEM symposium, building on the newly launched campaign, Generation Health: How Science Powers Us, and underscoring the company’s commitment to powering the next generation of science leaders. AstraZeneca’s presence at USASEF will include a hands-on mobile science lab, a booth designed to inspire young women interested in STEM, a special emphasis on sustainability in science, and more.

Research suggests that the drop-off in STEM begins in middle school and that by eighth grade almost 50 percent of students have lost interest or deemed it irrelevant to their education or future. This drop-off is most precipitous in girls, which is why AstraZeneca is emphasizing opportunities for women and girls in STEM at this year’s USASEF.

“The technologies and innovations we are unlocking today will have untold implications for tomorrow; the sky is the limit. But to reach our true potential, we need the brightest minds of all genders to be focused on STEM,” says José Baselga, Executive Vice-President, Research & Development Oncology. “At AstraZeneca we believe it is essential to inspire and invest in young women scientists today to fully maximize the next generation of scientific advancement.”

Hands-on mobile science lab at USASEF

In partnership with Discovery Education and Learning Undefeated, AstraZeneca has created Generation Health: How Science Powers Us, a 3-year initiative designed to make STEM education engaging, accessible and exciting for middle school students. A core element of this program is the Drop Anywhere Lab, a mobile lab in a storage container for students in grades 6-12. The lab has been traveling to schools across the country and will be making a stop in Washington, D.C. for USASEF.

Sustainability in science

Sustainability is a core area of focus at AstraZeneca. Jim Massey, Global Vice President of Sustainability at AstraZeneca, will be a keynote speaker at Thursday’s X-STEM event.

To find out more, visit AstraZeneca’s Girls in STEM and STEAM (booth 7141), Health and Medicine Pavilion (booth 1313) and the Teacher Resource Pavilion (booth 623) at the USA Science and Engineering Festival and be sure to watch AstraZeneca’s Global Vice President of Global Sustainability, Jim Massey, during Thursday’s X-STEM session.