Girls Interested in STEM Visit Pfizer Labs

Posted by Thomas DeLoughry on 12/21/2018 6:05:00 AM

Girls Interested in STEM Visit Pfizer Labs

Nineteen girls from Eisenhower Middle School who are interested in STEM enjoyed an October visit to Pfizer Inc. in Peapack, N.J., to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.


The students heard women, who are senior technology and science leaders, talk about their career paths and then enjoyed a panel discussion that featured recent college graduates talking about their college courses and how they balance daily work routines. The girls also visited stations that demonstrated how Pfizer uses technology to solve real-world problems in the health sector.


Eisenhower students at Pfizer

The Eisenhower students were joined on the trip by female students from American History Middle School in Newark and Black River Middle School in Chester.


Stacey Linzenbold, Wyckoff’s supervisor of special projects, accompanied the girls on the trip along with Chris Giordano, Eisenhower’s assistant principal. She says the day had a big impact on the Eisenhower seventh- and eighth-graders. “They really felt important and empowered,” says Linzenbold. “What they liked best was hearing directly from young women who were a year out of college and planning their way into the career world. They appreciated hearing that they don’t have to know right now what they want to do, but they can follow their interest and figure out a way.”


John Carolan, a Pfizer employee and former member of Wyckoff’s Board of Education, was instrumental in getting this opportunity for Eisenhower’s girls. “Engaging these students early in STEM can increase awareness of the opportunities in these fields,” he said. “I could not be more proud of my company for supporting this event and honored to host these impressive students.”


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