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Downing lauds Reid Middle School's Mary Yarmosky, local winner of "Make My Lab WoRx" Science Competition
May 14, 2013

Reid Middle School now advances to final round of contest for chance to win grand prize of $5,000 for lab equipment!
PITTSFIELD – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) is pleased to announce that Mary Yarmosky, an earth science teacher at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield, is the local winner of the “Make My LabWoRx” contest. With her winning video and lesson plan focused on measuring the density of rocks, Ms. Yarmosky won for her school $1,000 and a microscope.
Make My LabWoRx is the latest initiative from Science WoRx, a mentoring and online resource network for science teachers sponsored by Astellas Pharma US, Inc. The 2013 Make My LabWoRx contest kicked off with seven qualifying rounds across the United States. One winner from each qualifying round, including Yarmosky, will advance to the final round of the competition.
“Science is the foundation for almost everything we do and encounter in this world. A solid science education ensures we are preparing our students not only for rewarding careers, but also for successful, fulfilling lives,” said Downing. “All of the teachers who participated in the contest made a great showing for the Pittsfield Public Schools. They should be congratulated for their commitment to kindling a natural curiosity for science in our students. Having seen Mary Yarmosky in the classroom I know she'll do Pittsfield proud as she moves forward to the national round. I wish her much luck and hope she brings home the grand prize!"

“At Astellas, we all recall that moment when we knew that we wanted to dedicate our lives to scientific pursuits,” said Masao Yoshida, President and CEO of Astellas Pharma, Inc. “It brings us great pleasure to witness these remarkable teachers creating those moments for their students. We congratulate Ms. Yarmosky and the winners of all of the Make My LabWoRx qualifying rounds, and wish them the best of luck in the final round of the competition.”
Winners from the seven qualifying rounds will compete in the final round on Facebook, where the entry with the most votes will win his or her school a grand prize of a gift certificate worth $5,000 for additional lab equipment.
To vote for your favorite entry, visit http://www.facebook/ScienceWoRx. Voting will be open from May 14th until May 28, 2013 at midnight EST.
“I’m hoping western Mass. logs onto Facebook and vote for Mary Yarmosky so she brings home the grand prize,” said Downing.
For more information on the Make My LabWoRx contest, visit
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 or join our community on Facebook at and on Twitter (@ScienceWoRx). To access Virtual Science Pro resources go to: AstellasUS.
About Astellas
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.
Non-Senate Media Contacts
Jenny Kite, Astellas US LLC                          
Phone: (224) 205-5405                                  
Sarah Maddox, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Phone: (202) 341-0664


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