May 7, 2010
Daiichi Sankyo and Students 2 Science Help Students Learn Through Hands-On Experience
Innovative Program Encourages Local Students to Excel in Science.
Photo: Newark Science Park High School students work in a lab alongside a science mentor, Matt Wong, to conduct a series of scientific experiments. Thirty students participated in a day of hands-on learning during Students 2 Science "Supercharged Science" program, sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Company Daiichi Sankyo.
Students 2 Science, Inc. (S2S) hosted students from Newark Science Park High School for a day of hands-on science as part of its year-long "Supercharged Science" program. During the 'day of science,' students worked in a lab alongside mentor volunteers to conduct a series of scientific experiments, including:
• "Copper Electroplating," where students plated an iron nail with copper using electrolysis and compared results against theory;
• "Name that Salt," where students identified six different types of salt using visible spectroscopic flame test;
• "Sulfur identification," where students identified sulfur using an igniter; and a titration in the presence of a color indicator;
• "Molecular Structure identification," where students identified various sweeteners using infrared spectroscopy.
According to S2S, these experiments and curriculum taught students the fundamental principles of chemistry and also tapped into problem solving skills.
The "Supercharged Science" program is one of many integrated full-year science education programs offered by S2S that provides students the opportunity to work side-by-side with professional scientists to perform hands-on experiments using sophisticated laboratory instrumentation.
"At a time when our school systems are facing significant resource challenges, we are excited that socially responsible companies such as Daiichi Sankyo are focusing philanthropic initiatives around science education," said Paul A. Winslow, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder of Students 2 Science. "Their commitment underscores the importance of fostering science education among middle and high school students. When students are intrigued by a new idea, they are compelled to discover more. We believe this is an essential component that leads to creativity and a heightened state of exploration and excitement."
• Students 2 Science, Inc. is a New Jersey, USA, non-profit corporation inspiring, motivating, and educating students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). While Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of global pharmaceutical innovator Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.
• Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ltd., Japan, has subsidiaries in the USA, England, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, Ireland, China, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Brazil, and Venezuela. Recently, Ranbaxy Laboratories, India's largest pharmaceutical company, became a subsidiary of Daiichi Sankyo.
Source: Daiichi Sankyo