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Thermo Fisher Scientific has been named the new title sponsor of a premier science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competition in the US, which aims to engage young people with STEM through national science fair contests.
Organised by the Society for Science, the ‘Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge’ will see students participate in nearly 275 middle school science fairs for a chance to enter the national competition that is hosted annually in Washington, D.C.
“The Society for Science is thrilled to be naming Thermo Fisher as the title sponsor for our middle school competition,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO, Society for Science, and Publisher, Science News. “Investments like this have an opportunity to make a tremendous impact on our future workforce.”
Investment by Thermo Fisher Scientific will also allow the competition to expand its reach to as many communities as possible and ensure the students served, teachers reached and nominees converted to national competitors are representative of the US population.
“Bringing this program to additional communities ensures a more diverse group of students are exposed to STEM and helps expand the future STEM talent pool,” said Marc Casper, Chairman, President and CEO, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “I am very proud that Thermo Fisher can help inspire future STEM leaders.”
The competition will take place in August 2023, and finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their projects in Washington, D.C., compete in teams, visit historical sites and organisations that celebrate innovation. They will also be in for the chance of winning more than $100,000 in rewards, including a top prize of $25,000.