Originally published on Spectrum News 1 on June 29, 2022.
WORCESTER, Mass. – Over 100 volunteers helped transform a classroom into an immersive STEM lab for students at Forest Grove Middle School in Worcester on Wednesday.
The renovation was a joint effort between AbbVie and Heart of America as part of Abbvie’s Week of Possibilities community initiative.
By the end of this decade, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an additional 1 million jobs will be created in the STEM field.
MassBio CEO Joe Boncore said schools will need to step up to help fill those jobs.
“What you guys have done here today, and this week, is create opportunity,” Boncore said. “Opportunity for students who otherwise might not have an opportunity to see themselves in STEM, through the work of just this lab right here, they can see themselves in STEM.”