Last month, several elementary school-aged children of Rensselaer faculty and staff members had an opportunity to spend a few hours with researchers in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies during the launch of the inaugural “Bring Your Kid to Biotech” program.

During the program, the Rensselaer researchers took time to explain how they use science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to study the world that surrounds them, and also run tests to see how the world works. Participating researchers included: Marimar Lopez, director of the research cores; Brigitte Arduini, director of the stem cell core; and Charity McManaman, bioresearch technician.

In addition, the 16 students had an opportunity to participate in a series of chemistry-related experiments and interactive discussions. Following the program, the students received a certificate and gift presented to them by Deepak Vashishth, center director and professor of biomedical engineering. The center plans to host the event again in the future.