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Pittsfield Public Schools to compete for funding to outfit their science labs
February 28, 2013

PITTSFIELD – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) today announced that the Pittsfield Public School District is competing in the “Make My LabWoRx” contest, a program designed to recognize outstanding science teachers and inspire the next generation of scientists.  Nominated to participate by Downing, Pittsfield is the only public school district in Massachusetts invited to participate in this exciting opportunity.
 
The contest is the latest initiative from Science WoRx, a mentoring and online resource network for science teachers sponsored by Astellas Pharma US, Inc. One school in the City will be awarded a microscope, a $1,000 gift certificate to purchase needed lab equipment, and will advance to the final round of the contest, worth an additional $5,000 in funding for the school’s lab.
 
“A solid science education is vital to the success of our children, and the future of our community. I am incredibly proud of our science teachers for their commitment to kindling a natural curiosity for science in their students,” said Downing. “That’s why I’m confident that one of our schools will bring home the grand prize!”
 
Across the country, K-12 science teachers are submitting their “Grade A” lesson plans and experiments to enter their schools in the contest’s qualifying rounds, located in select regional markets. In addition, schools outside of these areas can compete through a national qualifying round. The winning entry from each qualifying round will advance to the final round on Facebook, where the lesson plan with the most votes will win his or her school a grand prize of a $5,000 gift certificate for additional lab equipment.
 
“It is important that students today understand that science is more than something they read about in a textbook,” said Masao Yoshida, president and CEO of Astellas Pharma US, Inc. “As educators, parents and mentors it is our responsibility to demonstrate those tangible connections and to bring science to life through programs like Science WoRx and the Make My LabWoRx contest.”
 
To enter their school into the contest, science teachers must submit a two- to five-minute video of themselves performing a science demonstration related to health and human science, along with an accompanying lesson plan. A panel of Astellas Science Pros and local representatives will judge the entries on their clarity, inspiring nature, and relevance to health and human science.
 
The contest will run from today to March 29th and a winner will be announced in early April. For more information, visit http://www.scienceworx.org/ContestRules.aspx.
 
 
About Science WoRx
Science WoRx is a mentoring program and online resource network to support science teachers’ needs in and outside the classroom. Created by Astellas Pharma US, Inc., the program seeks to increase understanding of the role that science plays in human health and medicine, and to inspire the next generation of scientists. Science WoRx connects science teachers across the U.S. with real-life Astellas scientists, or Science Pros, in the classroom either in person or virtually through a series of video lessons or via online video conferences.
 
Science WoRx is supported by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and iBIO Institute, the education arm of Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO). For more information, visit www.ScienceWoRx.org or join our community on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ScienceWoRx and on Twitter (@ScienceWoRx). To access Virtual Science Pro resources go to: http://www.youtube.com/ AstellasUS.
 
Astellas Pharma US, Inc., located in Northbrook, Illinois, is a U.S. affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. The organization is committed to becoming a global category leader in focused areas by combining outstanding R&D and marketing capabilities. For more information about Astellas Pharma US, Inc., please visit our website at www.astellas.us.  
 
In the US, Astellas is committed to building community, helping others, encouraging integrity and inspiring people to make a difference, today, tomorrow and every day.
 
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