Baxter Online STEM Student Challenges

Baxter Online STEM Student Challenges

The Baxter STEM Academy Student Challenges are designed to foster a supportive, interactive, and engaging learning community focused on students who are interested in STEM and eager to learn, but may not have opportunities to engage in activities that support their career interests.

The challenges are designed to increase interest and engagement by providing authentic industry-led STEM learning challenges and feedback from professionals at Baxter Biopharma Solutions; providing connections and role models for college and career trajectories. These immersive STEM learning experiences will engender deeper interest and possibly commitment to pursuing a STEM-related career pathways, which will ultimately contribute to addressing the issue of underrepresentation in STEM career fields.

Preliminary data suggests that the Baxter STEM challenges increase student interest, awareness, and content knowledge of STEM (as measured by pre post assessments and surveys).

Student Challenges

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Background

Every day, millions of patients and caregivers rely on Baxter’s vaccines. For more than 85 years, they have operated at the critical intersection where innovations that save and sustain lives meet the healthcare providers that make it happen. With vaccines, technologies, and therapies available in more than 100 countries, Baxter builds on the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of transformative healthcare innovations. Now you can join the Baxter Team and help solve some of their most vexing challenges to produce and deliver vaccines!

Vaccines are widely available in the U.S., saving people’s lives every day. Yet, in developing countries, vaccination rates are comparatively lower, and children in these countries are particularly vulnerable to complications of diseases due to poorer nutrition and lack of access to healthcare. Although there are numerous challenges to providing vaccinations to developing countries, getting viable vaccines to countries-in-need is often the most difficult. Vaccines often need to travel long distances from manufacturers to where they are distributed. Without proper manufacturing and delivery, vaccines themselves can be ineffective or even deadly.

To produce, transport, and administer vaccines, companies like Baxter Biopharma Solutions must: (1) be able to freeze-dry a vaccine; (2) be able to maintain sterile environments in their laboratories; (3) engineer processes to effectively filter contaminants from water; (4) test the water to ensure it is free of contaminants; and (5) continuously monitor the vaccines along every step of the process – from manufacturing to administration.

These science and engineering challenges will soon be made available for teachers to engage their students in STEM education.

This project is generously funded by the Baxter International Foundation. For more information, please contact Dr. J. Adam Scribner, Director of STEM Education Initiatives at IU School of Education, jascrib@iu.edu.

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