Junior Achievement of Northern New England Partners with Cubist Pharmaceuticals to Teach Boston and Cambridge High School Students About STEM Careers and Workforce Readiness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  News Release  Contact: Emily Neill, President Junior Achievement of Northern New England 781-373-1170 eneill@janewengland.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND PARTNERS WITH CUBIST PHARMACEUTICALS TO TEACH BOSTON AND CAMBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ABOUT STEM CAREERS AND WORKFORCE READINESS

Cambridge, MA (12/23/14) – On December 11, 2014, Junior Achievement of Northern New England (JANNE) partnered with Cubist Pharmaceuticals to produce the first JA Symposium: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Edition. A total of 138 students from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Cathedral High School, and the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science travelled to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Museum in Cambridge, Mass., for a day of learning about STEM careers.

The JA Symposium: STEM Edition brought togetherlocal professionals, who represented various STEM industries and careers, to share their knowledge and experiences with the high school attendees. The students were guided through interactive and engaging lessons about STEM-related careers and educational requirements. Students also engaged in activities to support general career exploration.

“Simply said, not enough youth in our region are exposed to the incredible opportunities that exist in STEM-related fields,” said Emily Neill, president of JANNE.  “We are grateful to Cubist for their support of the event, and to the MIT Museum for opening their doors to allow these deserving students to be transformed by a whole, new world of learning,”

Volunteers from Cubist, the MIT Museum, and Junior Achievement taught seminars and workshops that included topics such as “What is STEM,” “Know Who’s Hiring,” “What Makes a Robot Tick,” and “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence,” which was a workshop and tour of the MIT Museum’s Robots and Beyond gallery.

“Cubist was thrilled to sponsor Junior Achievement of Northern New England’s STEM Symposium and have the opportunity to demystify science for young students as well as introduce them to the vast educational and career opportunities that are available in STEM disciplines,” said Carmela Mascio, Scientist I, Infectious Diseases, Cubist Pharmaceuticals.  “Supporting STEM education is the hallmark of Cubist’s corporate philanthropy mission, helping to spark enthusiasm for STEM and engage students who may be the innovators of tomorrow.”

About Junior Achievement of Northern New England

During the 2013-2014 school year, JANNE implemented 1,768 programs at 266 schools, corporate or after-school sites, reaching close to 42,000 youth through the efforts of over 2,200 trained volunteers. Serving students in nine Massachusetts counties and the entire state of New Hampshire, JANNE focuses on impacting “at risk” youth. All JANNE programs are provided at no cost to schools, parents, or the youth we serve.  JANNE is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is financially supported by corporations, individuals, foundations and special events. For more information, please visit janewengland.org.

About Cubist

Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development, and commercialization of pharmaceutical products that address significant unmet medical needs in the acute care environment. Cubist’s corporate headquarters is based in Lexington, Massachusetts, with international headquarters located in Zurich, Switzerland. Additional information can be found at Cubist’s web site at www.cubist.com.

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