Getting Slimed for Science
Photo of How Fast Can You Gown?
Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, CA employee Scott leads a “How Fast Can You Gown?”
contest, which teaches kids the importance of safety equipment in science.
It's not every day that you see moms and dads encouraging their young children to play with slime. But that parental style
was very much in evidence during the Bay Area Science Festival, a 10-day event held throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
in October-November 2013.
The annual festival, created by area scientific, cultural, and educational institutions, including Boehringer Ingelheim, provides
a wide variety of both informative and fun activities—from lectures and exhibitions to concerts, plays, and workshops.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, seven of the 10 projected fastest-growing occupations are in STEM fields, with 16 of
the 25 highest-paying jobs requiring STEM preparation. STEM workers earn 26 percent more than their non-STEM peers.
Creating slime was a perfect example of the creative, hands-on activities designed to spark young people's interest in science.
The festival's goal: Expose as many children as possible—especially those in underserved areas—to the importance of science in
hopes that they will eventually pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Volunteers from Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont were actively involved in planning, coordinating, and managing many of the activities.
“As a company, we support STEM education and the festival is a key STEM activity in the Bay Area,” one of the volunteers said.
“It's an opportunity to participate with our industry partners, support education, and inspire the next generation of scientists.”