“The great thing about technology is that everybody can do it, and we need every single one of you to be doing these things and we can’t afford not to have everybody succeed and do this.”
With those remarks, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-10th) introduced a corporate gift to Madison’s Trust Elementary School for STEM education. The presentation was made during a ceremony at the school held Tuesday. Comstock, who chairs the U.S. House Technology and Research Committee, talked to the fourth-grade students about careers in science, math, engineering and technology and the persistence of famous inventors, like Thomas Edison.
Comstock was joined by Laura Perloff from Advocacy and Strategic Alliances with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Perloff announced that PhRMA would be awarding a $2,500 grant to Madison’s Trust to fund STEM education projects.
“Our companies are working on treatments and cures to help people who have…sicknesses feel better. To bring these new medicines to patients, we need really well-educated people, especially in STEM fields,” Perloff said. “As pharmaceutical companies, we often have more jobs available than people who are able to fill them.”
She noted that more than 10,000 people in Virginia work in the pharmaceutical industry and that their salaries are double than the national average.
The Loudoun Education Foundation will serve as the fiduciary agent for the grant. LEF President Scott Miller, Executive Director Dawn Meyer and Director of Development Samantha Courtney were on hand for the presentation.