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New Boehringer Ingelheim Science Quest Mobile Laboratory Brings Hands-On Science Education to Priority Connecticut Elementary Schools
Date:4/22/2010

HARTFORD, Conn., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Connecticut United for Research Excellence, Inc. (CURE) today announced the launch of Boehringer Ingelheim Science Quest, a comprehensive initiative designed to bring hands-on science education directly to the Connecticut elementary schools that need it most.  

A centerpiece of the effort is the Boehringer Ingelheim Science Quest mobile laboratory – a high-tech science classroom on wheels – that will visit priority school districts across the state.  The program also will include tools and resources to facilitate science instruction in the classroom and encourage family involvement in science together at home.  

The future of science education is a growing concern nationwide.  According to the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) study, 37 percent of fourth grade students lacked a basic level of science proficiency.  The need among Connecticut elementary school students is particularly acute, especially among those from lower-income families.  In fact, a December 2009 report by the Connecticut State Department of Education found that fifth-grade students eligible for free and reduced-price meals scored 44 percent lower than non-eligible students in science performance on the 2008 Connecticut Mastery Test, a statewide education assessment test.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Science Quest mobile laboratory will bring science to life by creating an interactive and hands-on experience.  Beginning at Shelter Rock Elementary school on May 17 in Danbury, the mobile laboratory will be making the f
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