Last week, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) announced a $2,000 educational grant for PS 34. The funds will go toward supporting the school’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program.
The assemblyman later met with students at the Norman Avenue school to talk about furthering their STEM education and the opportunities available in the job market.
“In this day and age, promoting STEM is imperative,” he said. “New York City has done an amazing job to ensure that our students are prepared for 21st century jobs.”
He noted that PS 34 already had a robotics program, Eco-Schools sustainability program and an Environmental Club.
“This grant will provide yet another opportunity for PS 34 to expand their STEM teaching,” Lentol said.
Laura Perloff, director of advocacy and strategic alliances with PhRMA, said they hope to “provide students with the tools they need to be the innovators of tomorrow.”
“The biopharmaceutical industry is committed to investing in programs that will keep America at the forefront of new breakthroughs,” she said.
Principal Carmen Asselta said the grant coincides with the opening of PS 34’s brand new STEM lab.
“This grant will be used to further enhance and enrich our existing STEM program through the purchase of additional equipment and technology,” she said. “The entire PS 34 community is grateful to be a recipient of a STEM Talent Pipeline Grant.”