PLTW Students Observe Real-World Scientific Applications at Regeneron
A cornerstone of Hendrick Hudson High School’s award-winning Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program is career exploration. On January 14, students in the PLTW BioMedical Science and Engineering programs had the opportunity to travel to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown and tour a number of areas. Dr. Courtney Williams, a Regeneron scientist and school district parent, was instrumental in facilitating the visit.
Students were able to tour the Regeneron Genetics Center, Velocigene lab, Pre-Clinical Manufacturing and Process Development, DNA Core and Automation Technologies and Pre-Therapeutic Target Discovery Imaging Group. The students also had the opportunity to meet many different types of professionals during their visit.
"This was an incredibly rich experience for our students. Regeneron is on the cutting edge of Biologic Medicine, so for our students to have the ability to see a real lab in action was eye-opening for many of them,” said PLTW teacher Stephanie Geiger, who accompanied the students on the trip.
"The best part of the trip was getting to see how everything that we learn in class is applied to the real world,” said junior Madison Kivel. “I found it very exciting to see that major aspects of people's jobs were similar to labs we have done in class. I also loved seeing the automated machines, and learning how all of the advanced technology works."
Senior Jessica Hanney was struck by how many women she saw working at the facility. "The best part of the trip was seeing all of the young, female scientists there and knowing that it is possible for women to excel in this male-dominated field,” she said.
"It was really cool to hear from scientific professionals at the top of their fields that the work we are doing in our labs in Biomed is actually very similar to what they do for their jobs," said senior Paul Williams. “This reinforcement was really nice, and encourages me to do everything in Biomed with a purpose, knowing that everything we do is important, with the potential to make a big difference in the world someday."
"Hen Hud's Biomed program is fortified by a strong network of community partners and professionals,” said PLTW teacher Jeanine Hall. “We are thankful to Regeneron and Dr. Courtney Williams for being a part of our team and helping our students learn about the many opportunities within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).”