As a longtime supporter of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, we were pleased to play host recently to a group of Pacific Science Center (PSC) Discovery Corps students. Discovery Corps’ goal is to inspire young people with a lifelong interest in science, math and technology. To learn what it takes to work on the forefront of invention, we invited the students to tour IV’s Lab and visit with our president, COO and PSC board member, Adriane Brown.
Enthusiastic and full of questions, the students made the most of their visit inquiring about everything from what the job of a company president entails to how IV is helping eradicate malaria. Discovery Corps student Nathan Johnson had this to say about his visit:
“…I thought it was amazing that even though their ideas would seem far-fetched to the normal person, they were able to think ‘outside the box’ and do amazing things advancing technology. They invented lightweight antennas using metamaterials (materials artificially made with properties not found in nature), a more efficient nuclear reactor using nuclear waste, a super cold thermos for vaccine preservation, a powerful 500 core computer used for disease spread simulations, and a mosquito killing laser made specifically to take out malaria (by shooting the female mosquitoes only)…”
We couldn’t agree more with Nathan. If Discovery Corps students are any indication of the future of STEM, it looks awfully bright.
Additional information on IV’s support of STEM education can be found at Project Eureka!.