WEST CHESTER, PA — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) this week announced an educational grant of $2,500 for the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center to support the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs offered to the Chester community’s students, joined by State Representative Dianne Herrin.
PhRMA partnered with the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center to bring this vital funding to local students. The museum is dedicated to educating citizens about the history and contributions of rotary-wing aviation and inspiring future generations to pursue endeavors related to this area by offering several educational programs and opportunities to enhance their learning and understanding of the innovation, engineering and science that goes behind it all. The funds from the grant will be used to support the museum’s Girls in Science and Technology (GIST) program which has 150 participants. This educational grant will support age-appropriate STEM educational activities offered for students in grades 3-12.
Representative Herrin emphasized the importance of STEM education for students. “STEM education is an integral part of helping students develop problem-solving skills they can apply in the real-world. This helps students think creatively and outside of the box, bolstering their confidence and igniting passions to pursue careers that drive innovation and research. Ultimately, this work strengthens our communities for generations to come. I am proud of these students, and I look forward to what they will accomplish now and in the future.”
The museum’s executive director, Paul Kahan, noted the impact that STEM programs have on students of all ages. “Given the numerous STEM programs offered at the museum, I have witnessed firsthand, the growth and development of students’ interests in the STEM fields. When students engage in STEM-related activities, they spark their inner curiosity and their drive to learn and understand about the world around them. I want to thank PhRMA for seeing the value of STEM programs and offering students the opportunity to continue to pursue their interests in the STEM fields.”
“PhRMA represents the country’s top biopharmaceutical research companies that allow the United States to be a leader in innovation, particularly in the fight to combat COVID-19. Programs like this are an excellent way for students to develop an interest in STEM careers. PhRMA is proud to support the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center and their commitment to offering students quality STEM education opportunities,” said Jasmine Gossett, PhRMA.
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