Grade 11 Field Trip

Weston High School and the PTO Science and Math (SaM) Council  organized tours to various chemistry related labs for the entire grade of juniors.  The labs include Novartis, Biogen, Genzyme, LabCentral, Natick Labs, MIT Broad Institute, MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research / MIT Langer Lab, MIT Materials Engineering, and Boston University Geochemistry.  Many of the labs require 8 students to 1 adult  and we have over 200 students simultaneously going to 9 different locations.  

The purpose of the trip was to expose the students to a working environment where they could see the what they are learning in the classroom (theory) being applied in the real working world.  In addition, the students  got to interact with professionals across a broad spectrum of functional departments (e.g. business development, sales, research, lab, management, etc) and learned more about their jobs and how they chose their career.  The professionals  shared their undergraduate studies, how they may have changed their major, why they chose pharmaceutical companies, etc.