Experts from Alcami’s Germantown, Wisconsin active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) Center of Excellence teamed up with Germantown High School engineering and honors biology students Monday, February 26, 2018, in Germantown, Wisconsin, for a Day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) – part of an ongoing series of educational presentations promoting the importance of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
The interactive event was organized in association with STEM Forward, southeastern Wisconsin’s premier STEM education advocacy group. The nonprofit helps inspire local youth to pursue STEM careers and provides a pipeline of talent to regional businesses through partnerships with STEM educators.
Alcami volunteers, Dr. Demetria Dickinson, chemical research and development scientist, and Wesley Sutton, project engineer, held three discussion sessions, sharing their educational and professional career paths, providing background on the company and their current projects, and encouraging students to pursue STEM careers, including those currently available at Alcami. Each session also featured insightful question and answer sessions with the students, along with hands-on dry ice demonstrations.
"It was great to hear people working in the STEM field validate what students are learning in the classroom is applicable to real world situations,” said Michelle Griffin-Wenzel, Germantown High School science teacher and host. “I also appreciated Wes and Demetria talking about collaboration, problem solving, and critical and creative thinking, and how those skills are key to successful careers."
Griffin-Wenzel’s students also responded to Alcami’s visit:
"I liked the experiment with the dry ice and balloons. It was engaging and I didn't know dry ice was carbon dioxide."
"It was helpful to know the presenters’ backgrounds and the education you need to be an engineer or chemist."
"We are learning about scaling up in my Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course. The people from Alcami provided us with a practical example of a scale up."
Alcami looks forward to future collaborations with Germantown High School and STEM Forward, and is already investigating opportunities for Griffin-Wenzel’s students to tour Alcami’s Germantown site and get a better understanding of the makeup of a large-scale API manufacturing facility.