Presented at the Museum’s annual gala, the Stars of STEM Award recognizes individuals, foundations, and corporations that are leading the way in helping the Museum of Science and other institutions educate the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Jack Little, CEO and co-founder (accepting)
The 2017 Star of STEM Award recognizes the lead role that MathWorks plays in accelerating the pace of discovery, development, and learning in engineering and science.
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Massachusetts since 1986, MathWorks has been a generous corporate supporter of the Museum of Science since 1991. Their sponsorship of Free Film Fridays since 2010 has enabled over 230,000 visitors to experience immersive IMAX educational films in the Mugar Omni Theater. MathWorks has been a key partner in helping the Museum create the next generation of empowered STEM learners, as their talented staff has volunteered invaluable advice and expertise to Museum educators in the Hall of Human Life and is collaborating with our exhibit development team on new technology exhibits for the Blue Wing.
Supporting social change through STEM education, technological innovation and entrepreneurship, the Deshpande Foundation empowers young students, leading researchers, and socially responsible enterprises around the world. The Foundation's programs and events at MIT and UMASS Lowell — and in Canada and India — have helped to turn STEM innovation into STEM entrepreneurship. At the Museum of Science, the Deshpande Endowment for Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math has supported programs that engage girls in technology learning as well as expansion of the Living Lab® in the Discovery Center.
Vint Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist/co-inventor of the internet
By organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful, Google technologies have become an essential part of our daily lives. Google's philanthropy supports innovation around the world with charitable grants and transformational gifts of technology. At the Museum of Science, in addition to funding field trips and teacher development programs, Google's early support of The Science Behind Pixar was critical to the development of an amazing exhibition on computational thinking that will travel to science centers around the US and inspire millions of young people to learn more about STEM.
Dan’l Lewin, corporate vice president for technology and civic engagement (accepting)
The 2015 Star of STEM award recognizes Microsoft’s foundational role in the personal computing revolution and its unparalleled commitment to empower everyone through technology. Microsoft devices and services are essential tools in the classroom, in homes, in small businesses, in government agencies, and in the largest global enterprises. Microsoft’s commitment to STEM learning—in both formal and informal settings—is helping educators do more to engage students and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.
George Scangos, PhD, Chief Executive Officer
Biogen Idec has a 35-year history of caring deeply and changing lives—not only through their therapies for neuro-degenerative diseases and auto-immune conditions, but also through their commitment to STEM education. In addition to their support of the Museum’s Hall of Human Life and Suit/Cabot Lab, the Biogen Idec Foundation supports a variety of educational and community engagement programs, including Citizen Schools in Boston and Chelsea as well as North Carolina, Science Club for Girls, the Biomedical Science Careers Program, and the East End House. For over a decade, the Biogen Idec Community Lab has provided middle and high school students with hands-on experience in a real research lab with Biogen researchers.
David H. Long, president and CEO (accepting)
Liberty Mutual's $100 million philanthropic program is among the largest corporate giving programs in the country, and Liberty is a leader in supporting efforts to expand educational opportunities for low-income and non-English-speaking youth in Boston. Through its Education Initiative, the company has invested almost $9 million in proven educational programs serving Boston's neediest students. Liberty Mutual is the leading sponsor of Boston's Fourth of July celebration, the FIFA World Cup, and an official sponsor of the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic Teams in Sochi, Russia, as well as the 2016 teams in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Pendred Noyce is a medical doctor, education reformer, and author whose young adult fantasy/adventure novels feature imaginative STEM lessons that are organic to plot and character development. She is cofounder of Tumblehome Learning, a nontraditional transmedia publishing company offering books, board games, and mind-challenging video games. In the fall of 2012, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Dr. Noyce to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The Noyce Foundation was established in 1990 to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Robert Noyce, cofounder of Intel and inventor of the integrated circuit. The Noyce Foundation is focused on improving the teaching of math and science in public schools, developing leadership to support achievement, and expanding opportunities for students to experience hands-on science in out-of-school settings.
With the formation of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Governor Deval Patrick established Massachusetts as the national leader in STEM education and workforce development. The Patrick-Murray Administration has created a foundation for the future of STEM education in Massachusetts.
Dr. Jane E. Shaw, chairman of the board of directors (accepting)
As a global leader in technological innovation and one of the most philanthropic corporations in the world, Intel has supported STEM initiatives in formal and informal education arenas. Their community-based programs provide the resources and solutions needed to advance and sustain STEM education around the world.
Henri Termeer, former chairman, president and CEO of Genzyme (accepting)
In 2006, Genzyme's largest-ever philanthropic gift enabled the Museum to create and endow the Genzyme Initiative for Biotechnology Education. A milestone in Genzyme's 15-year support of the Museum, this permanent, multi-tiered program represents a mutual commitment to promote and support science education locally and globally.
William Swanson, Raytheon chairman and CEO (accepting)
Raytheon Company is the longest-standing corporate member company of the Museum of Science. Since 1953, Raytheon has been supporting the Museum through corporate philanthropic giving. Now, in the 21st century, Raytheon and the Museum continue to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
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