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Overview
Our mission — to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer — not only defines our corporate responsibility efforts, it's why we back educational programs to inspire young scientists to tackle society's most pressing challenges.

Overview

STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM is an approach to education that expands current teaching models for science and mathematics by incorporating technology and engineering concepts into standardized instruction. STEM programs are intended to transform a typical classroom into one that is driven by problem-solving, discovery and investigative learning.

The demand for jobs that require STEM skills continues to grow, and America needs a world-class STEM workforce to address the challenges of the 21st century. STEM literacy is imperative for today's students to become the strong, innovative workforce of tomorrow.

You can depend on Fisher Science Education to help you meet your STEM needs and give you the tools you need to bring real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics tools and resources into your classroom.


Project Lead The Way

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Problem/Project-Based Learning

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Featured Products

Whether you are launching a new STEM program in your school, have a well-established program that you are looking to expand or want to enhance your current program with a few STEM products, we can help.

These products are designed to help increase student skills necessary to advance STEM literacy by integrating technology and engineering principles with science and math concepts.




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Workshops

STEM Professional Development

Real-world issues impact our lives every day. Introducing students to STEM by making connections to these issues helps increase their understanding of scientific concepts, cultivates their passion for learning, and inspires them to consider STEM careers as part of their future. 

Fisher Science Education can help you make these connections for your students. We offer customizable STEM professional development workshops for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. 

Each workshop includes:

  • Methods for incorporating STEM into instructional practice
  • Strategies for integrating 21st Century learning skills
  • Techniques for identifying STEM career connections for students

Workshops are designed to accommodate up to 20 attendees and include six hours of instruction. 

Cost: $2,500* 

For more information about Fisher Science Education professional development workshops options, contact us.

*Note: Travel and consumable material expenses for one day of instruction are included as long as the workshop location is within the continental U.S. Total fee includes one standard, full-day STEM teacher training workshop for up to 20 participants. Additional days and options are available. Please contact us for details and pricing.


Questions & Answers

Q: How do I schedule a workshop?

A: To schedule a workshop, simply complete the application form found below. We must receive your request at least 4-6 weeks prior to the scheduled date of the workshop, and is based on availability.

Q: How much does an on-site workshop cost?

A: There is a set fee of $2,595 for a full day of training. This fee includes the use of our materials and the services of one trainer for a total of 6 hours or training.

This fee includes all travel and expenses for the trainer.

Note: If your workshop location is within 200 miles of Pittsburgh, Pa., the fee for a full day of training is $1,595.

Q: What if I want to add additional days?

A: The fee for each additional day after the initial registration for a full day of training is $1,000.

Q: How do I pay for my on-site workshop?

A: Fisher Science Education will bill you after your workshop takes place. You will be asked to provide all billing information, including purchase order number, prior to the workshop.

Q: What if I need to cancel or re-schedule?

A: Once a P.O. has been issued and the date is set, there is a fee for cancellation or rebooking. This fee will vary and is designed to cover the cost of flights, rebooking fees and preparation time.

Q: When can my workshop take place?

A: We will need at least 4-6 weeks’ notice to schedule your workshop. Please provide at least two possible dates. We will do our best to accommodate one of your choices.

Q: How long does each workshop take?

A: Each topic-specific workshop runs 3 hours, but requires a minimum of 1½ hours for set-up and 1 hour for tear down. The duration of the session is listed in the topic overview.

A full day of workshops includes two 3-hour sessions, for a total of 6 hours of instruction. A minimum of 1 hour is required between sessions for clean-up and reset.

Q: How many teachers can attend each workshop?

A: Each session is designed to accommodate up to 20 attendees.

Q: What are the qualifications of the workshop presenters?

A: Our STEM professional development trainer is a full-time museum educator who specializes in STEM educational programs and content.

We have partnered with Carnegie Science Center, a nationally recognized, hands-on science museum located in Pittsburgh, PA. Our workshops are developed in collaboration with Carnegie Science Center and are designed to meet the needs of teachers and to provide content that is easily implemented in the classroom.

Q: What are my responsibilities?

A: Your presenter will contact you prior to your workshop to discuss the program requirements.

Q: What if I want to include the purchase of the equipment as part of the session.

A: We can provide special pricing that includes the cost of both the professional development training as well as materials for each individual attending the training.

Each attendee will receive the necessary scientific equipment required to perform the lab or activity in their classroom. To learn more about this option please contact us, email us at FSE.productmanagement@thermofisher.com, or call us at +1 724-517-2862.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: Contact us, email us at FSE.productmanagement@thermofisher.com, or call us at +1 724-517-2862.

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Careers

The demand for jobs that require STEM skills continues to grow and America needs a world-class STEM workforce to address the challenges of the 21st century. STEM literacy is imperative for today's students to become the strong, innovative workforce of tomorrow.

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Robotics Engineering

Robots are becoming ubiquitous in everyday life. Robots build cars, help us checkout at the grocery store, and complete millions of tasks that human beings used to do.

Those who design robots must understand computer science, electrical systems, mechanical systems, and some aspects of human psychology. If you think that you can make better and more efficient robots, then perhaps pursuing a career in robotics engineering is your path.

In high school, a student who wants to pursue robotics should take mathematics and physics. In college, very few universities offer majors in robotics engineering, though some do. If robotics is something a student wants to pursue, finding a college or university with a major in robotics engineering is a great first step. Otherwise, a major in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or computer science will be a step in the right direction. After college, consider finding a Master's program in Robotics Engineering and Sciences.

Robotics engineers often work for private industry, though some do work in the government. According to the Occupational Information Network, O*Net, there are 44,800 robotics engineering positions that are expected to open between the years 2010-2020. A robotics engineer can expect to earn an average salary of $92,030.

Source: http://www.onetonline.org

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STEM Teacher

Every great student requires a great teacher. The fields about which we have written, and the fields about which we will continue to write, all encourage students to begin taking STEM courses in high school.

These STEM courses need good teachers to teach them. If learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is what you want to do in college, and then you want to pass that knowledge on to future generations, consider becoming a STEM teacher.

To become a STEM teacher, first major in something you love in college: perhaps physics, mathematics, computer science. Engineers, such as chemical, civil, mechanical engineers also often have the background to teach high school STEM courses. After college, many states require a teaching certificate, or a Master of Education, to become a teacher. These postgraduate degrees will help you to become a better teacher as you instruct future generations.

Students interested in becoming a teacher can look forward to an average annual salary of $53,230. However that number does improve for teachers with a master’s degree. It is also important to remember that many teachers, just like their students, receive a two month summer vacation. There is some growth expected from 2010 to 2020: a growth of 7 percent, or an increase of 72,000 jobs.

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Pharmacist

Pharmacists provide an indispensable service to nearly all of us. They must use their knowledge of biology, chemistry, physiology, and medicine to help patients understand the risks and benefits of medications. 

Pharmacists work with patients, physicians, and insurance companies to ensure the best care possible for the patients. Pharmacists must use their scientific knowledge every day to make sure that patients are safe and healthy; their knowledge and use of science in their daily activities is extensive. Some pharmacists make their own medicine, which requires them to use scientific tools to compound different substances. Most pharmacists work in pharmacies, though some work for hospitals or in research facilities.

Students interested in pharmacy should know that pharmacists are required to have a Doctor of Pharmacy in order to practice. The Pharm.D. degree may be pursued after a student begins his or her undergraduate college career. Students should begin in high school with courses in biology and chemistry. In college, advanced courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology will all be necessary to gain admission to a Pharm.D. program.         

Becoming a pharmacist is certainly a healthy career choice: the United States is expected to add 69,700 pharmacy positions – a job growth of 24% – from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average pharmacist earns $111,570 per year, which is much higher than the median pay in the United States.

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Geoscientist

The earth is our home, but it has existed for much longer than the human race. Geoscientists study the earth — its composition, its irregularities, its structure — to learn more about its history, and to tell us its secrets.

Geoscientists use their knowledge of geology, physics, and chemistry to study the earth. Geoscientists often work out in the field to take samples of rock and ice, and then return to a lab to analyze these samples. They support other fields, such as architecture, oil and natural gas, cartography, among others. Their knowledge of the earth is indispensable to our development of new technologies that help us live healthier, cleaner, and safer lives.    

Students who are interested in becoming geoscientists should begin taking math and physics in high school. In college, students should major in geosciences, geology or earth sciences. Other degrees, such as physics or chemistry, will allow a student to pursue higher education in a geosciences career, if they also took some work in the geosciences. Many geoscientists choose to pursue a doctorate, so that they can conduct their own research.             

Geoscience is a rock-solid career choice. The United States economy is predicted to increase its demand for geoscientists by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average geoscientist earns $82,500 per year while working for architecture firms, engineering firms, oil and gas companies, among others.

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Geneticist

Some children look like one parent, while others look like both parents; some siblings practically look like identical twins, while other siblings couldn’t look more different. Why are some genes passed down through generations, while others aren’t? Ask a geneticist.

A geneticist studies genes, and tries to understand how characteristics are inherited by a new generation of a species. Why might someone be interested in such a field? Geneticists are working to tell us how we can decrease the chances of a child inheriting a genetic disease. They work with agriculture, to create plants with new genes, such as ones that resist draught; some work in the law field, using their genetics background to mold new laws regarding the production of genes. A geneticist understands and works with genes, but in what context he or she works with genes is able to be defined individually.

A student interested in genetics should consider taking biology and chemistry courses in high school. In college, it may be possible to major in genetics. If a college or university does not offer genetics as a major, a budding geneticist should consider biology, biochemistry, or chemistry as fields of study. If research is in the future, statistics is also an important course to take. Many geneticists go on to earn either a masters or doctorate in genetics, though not all choose this course of action. It is also possible to earn a dual, M.D./Ph.D. for genetics, allowing geneticists to do broader medical work.

According to healthcare-salaries.com, the average geneticist in the United States earns $55,080-$82,620 per year. However that number varies greatly among geneticists with bachelor, master or doctorate degrees. Good news: according to a Georgetown University study of the economics of college majors, entitled “What’s It Worth” 99 percent of genetics majors are employed after graduation.

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Astronomer and Astrophysicist

When you look at Earth from the vast reaches of space, it looks like a blue marble. In the words of Carl Sagan, from his book Pale Blue Dot, “That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.” 

Do you ever look up at the night sky and wonder what happens beyond the confines of this planet?

Astronomers and astrophysicists study the origins of the universe, galaxies and stars. They use modern technology to observe the billions of galaxies beyond the Milky Way, and use this data to find new stars. Theoretical astronomers use advanced mathematics to mold theories surrounding the laws of the universe. Some of these theories, such as Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, end up impacting our lives in very real ways. Theoretical astronomers will usually find work in academia and will conduct research in their office; experimental astronomers and astrophysicists can find work in academia as well, but may also work for the government, such as at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), or for private research institutions. Some astronomers have to work non-traditional hours, as many will go to observatories at night to study the sky in more complete detail.

Students considering astronomy and astrophysics should begin by taking physics and calculus in high school. Many colleges and universities offer undergraduate degrees in physics, astrophysics and astronomy. To do independent research, a doctorate in one of these fields is also required.

Astronomers and Astrophysicists can expect to see job growth in the future: it is expected that the demand for astronomers will grow by 11 percent from 2010 to 2020. Astronomers, on average, earn $87,260 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, though the pay varies widely.

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Chemical Engineer

Chemical Engineers apply the laws of chemistry and physics to solve real world problems. They design, develop and test equipment, processes and products that involve chemicals. A chemical engineer usually works in manufacturing, biotechnology or health care.

Job duties can include the design and development of equipment, products, including plastic, paper, detergent and gasoline or processes to use and manufacture chemicals or biochemicals. Building on initial discoveries made by chemists, chemical engineers use computer models and other processes to test the efficacy of these products and their safety for consumers, laborers and the environment. 

Chemical engineers find work in all stages of the manufacturing process, from raw materials to finished products. Some Chemical Engineers work in product design, applying their education in chemical theory to increase efficiency of new products. Not all Chemical Engineers find work in the private sector. According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), www.acs.org, almost 8% of chemistry professionals hold government positions. There are many jobs available in the local, state and federal governments for skilled Chemical Engineers. Chemical Engineers can also find their education suitable for teaching at the high school or college level. Holders of Bachelor's Degrees may find that teaching high school science or chemistry is their true calling. Master's Degree holders and Ph.D.s can hold teaching positions at universities or community colleges. Some academics also perform consulting work when not teaching.

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Environmental Engineer

An environmental engineer is an engineer trained to develop solutions to problems related to the environment using their knowledge of engineering, mathematics and natural science. Often, environmental engineers combine principles from civil, mechanical and chemical engineering to find innovative solutions to difficult problems.

Some environmental engineers work to make buildings more environmentally friendly, while others find ways to mitigate humanity’s impact on our world. An environmental engineer often has to know the environment in which she or he works before the project can begin; some environmental engineers work in an office, while others work on-site to oversee the development of a project.

Students who are interested in environmental engineering should begin taking math, physics, chemistry and biology in high school. These courses will be extremely valuable when entering college, and when working as an engineer. To become an environmental engineer, a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental, civil or mechanical engineering is necessary. In order to become a licensed engineer, it is best that a student go to a college or university that is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

There are bright horizons for environmental engineers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the United States economy will add 11,300 environmental engineer positions in the next 10 years, accounting for a 24 percent rise in employment. The median salary for an environmental engineer is $78,740.

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Forensic Anthropologist

Forensic anthropology combines the science of physical anthropology (human evolutionary biology, physical variation and classification) and osteology (study of the human skeleton) and applies the science in a legal setting.

Daily activities may involve identification of deceased individuals where the remains are burned, mutilated or in advances stages of decomposition. Forensic anthropologists often work with forensic pathologists and homicide investigators to identify evidence of trauma or calculate how long a person has been deceased. Students pursuing a career as a forensic anthropologist will need a bachelor’s degree in anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology or anthropology as well as a graduate degree in human biology or anthropology. Most forensic anthropologists have a Ph.D. degree. Obtaining the highest level of academic achievement is important as this is not a high demand occupation and there are relatively few positions available. The most common initial career path is as a professor at a major college or university. The popularity of crime solving television shows has created an interest in careers in this field. Depending on education level, experience and area of focus, salaries for Forensic Anthropologists can range from $35,000 to $100,000 and higher annually.

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Nuclear Engineer

Nuclear engineers research and develop the processes, instruments and systems that derive benefits from nuclear energy and radiation. They design, develop, monitor and operate nuclear plants to generate power. They may work on the nuclear fuel cycle or on the development of fusion energy. 

Some specialize in the development of nuclear power sources for naval vessels or spacecraft; others find industrial and medical uses for radioactive materials. Students pursuing a career in nuclear engineering will be required to obtain a bachelor's degree in engineering; however some research positions may require a graduate degree. Continuing education is critical for engineers in order to keep up with improvements in technology. Starting salaries are among the highest of all college graduates averaging $65,000 and up. For the moderately experienced nuclear engineer, the mean salary is slightly over $100,000 annually. Individuals in this field can anticipate 11 percent annual growth in employment opportunities. Most job growth will be in research and development and engineering services. Increased interest in nuclear power as an energy source will spur demand for nuclear engineers to research and develop new designs for reactors. They also will be needed to work in defense-related areas, to develop nuclear medical technology, and to improve and enforce waste management and safety standards. States with the highest published employment opportunities, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington. Data provided extrapolated from U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics website: http://www.bls.gov/home.htm

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Viticulturist

Many countries all over the world make remarkable wines — some that go for thousands of dollars. But what makes these wine enthusiasts pay exorbitant amounts of money for one bottle of wine? It generally boils down to the grapes. Who knows more about grapes than the person who breeds and cultivates them? The viticulturist.

Viticulturists grow high-quality grapes to make the best wine possible. They determine the best time to harvest and prune, and are vigilant in evaluating the vineyards for pests, disease, grapevine fertilization and mineral nutrition, irrigation and more. These "grape experts" are often working with vineyards, but can be found working for federal and state governments, colleges and universities and the private sector.

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in viticulture should take high school courses in the sciences, basic agriculture and communications and enroll in college classes like grapevine biology, water management and soil nutrition. To enter the field, an individual can earn anything from a certificate to an associate or bachelor's degree. However, those who want to go into research will also oftentimes need to earn a master's degree and/or a doctorate.

According to SimplyHired.com, the average annual salary for a viticulturist is $79,000, though it can vary greatly depending on the level of experience, education and geographic location. For example, a person in this field can earn an average salary of $105,000 in San Francisco, while in Erie, Pa., the average salary drops to $67,000 per year, according to the same website.

A study compiled by Cornell University reports employment opportunities are expected to increase between 9-17 percent between 2005 and 2014. Many of those jobs will be with private wineries in all 50 states, as well as with government and university research departments to improve vineyard management methods, harvesting techniques, environmental protection, water conservation, yield, quality and regulatory compliance.

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