A foundational element of Institute for Systems Biology is to make quality STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education a reality for every student regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic status. We approach this like we approach our science: driven by research and with a deep understanding of the complex systems that educate our children.
Our systems approach drives us to work with all parts of the education system, including students, teachers, principals and other district leaders. Additionally, we involve STEM professionals, who inspire students, educators and administrators and deepen their understanding of how to live, work and play in an increasingly STEM-centric society.
Children are born investigators with a drive to make sense of the natural world and solve problems big and small. ISB partners with teachers and school district leaders to elevate STEM education and harness this natural drive.
Our work in this area is timely and necessary. Consider: The state of Washington ranks No. 1 in terms of the concentration of STEM-related jobs, but too few students are graduating with the skills needed to fill those jobs.
We believe that our science is going to change the world and that we are an integral part of preparing the world to be changed.