Assabet Valley Honored for Innovation
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough was presented with the Joshua Boger Innovative School of the Year at the 2014 MassBio Anual Meeting. The award honors a Massachusetts school for inspiring students to explore life sciences careers through innovative biotechnology education and exemplary science career programming.
Assabet was presented with one of MassBioEd’s BioTeach awards in 2008 and has since enriched its science program by developing external partnerships, introducing student-driven research projects and encouraging student peer-teaching experiences. The school has also formed a STEM Alliance Team, compromised of biology, chemistry, math, engineering and biotechnology faculty members who are working to fully integrate biotechnology into both academic and vocational studies.
“We have come so far thanks to the materials and the support of MassBioEd, the equipment donations and the mentoring,” said Assabet biotechnology teacher Monica Hayes. “The world of biotechnology can be intimidating, but the resources and field trip opportunities we have been given are invaluable. They have changed the face of biotechnology at Assabet and inspired many students to consider biotech-related careers.”
“The experiences have helped me realize a life in biotechnology is for me,” said sophomore Alex McMahon, who visited ARIAD Pharmaceuticals as part of MassBioEd’s Biotechnology Job Shadow Day and Worcester Polytechnic Institute through the foundation’s Biotech Futures program. “I someday hope that a career in this industry will allow me to say that I have been able to contribute to the greater good of humanity and that the work I’ve done will leave a lasting impact on society. Currently, this is a dream. But I know that if I continue to pursue this dream by putting forth my hardest work, this dream will come true.”