If there is one thing that I believe in it’s teaching kids about how to do more with technology than just playing video games and browsing social media. When I heard what Amgen Oncology is doing to support the importance of STEM learning by helping the Chicago Public Schools AND helping with cancer research, I was greatly impressed.
The Importance of STEM Learning
Even though some kids are blessed to have access to tech early on, not all kids are that lucky. Lack of access to computers at home and school is causing some kids to fall behind the curve. While they may be able to navigate the television, launch Netflix, and operate the XBox, they don’t know that they can turn those skills into much more… like supporting cancer research!
As you may remember my kids were involved in STEM classes for several years. Although they got some tech exposure through school, and of course through me, it was awesome for them to have another outlet and place to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. And more of this is needed in schools.
What is BITE® Technology?
Technology is always improving, and helping in many aspects of our lives including health care. And now Amgen has introduced BiTE® technology to help the fight against cancer. BiTE® (Bispecific T cell engager) technology is a targeted immuno-oncology platform that is designed to engage patients’ own T cells to tumor-specific antigens, activating the cytotoxic potential of T cells to help fight detectable cancer cells.
How is Amgen Helping?
Amgen Oncology, already focused on helping cancer patients, has teamed up with a couple awesome Chicago chalk artists to grace the walks of the Museum Campus with beautiful chalk art to coincide with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference this week in Chicago.
Over this past weekend, two artists depicted Amgen Oncology’s BiTE® (bispecific T-cell engager) technology in a very unique way… by creating space aged chalk drawings on Chicago sidewalks. Watching the process was fascinating! Makes me wish I kept up drawing.
In addition to being an advocate for STEM learning I’m an advocate for cancer research!! I’ve known many who have lost friends and family to this evil disease! It takes young, old, previously healthy, married, single, whatever!! It does not discriminate!
Kids who go down the right path of STEM learning can grow up to become kids that help in the fight against cancer. And we can help. For every photo or social media post shared of the artwork using #BiTEtheEngager, Amgen Oncology will give up to $20,000 to Chicago Public Schools via DonorsChoose.org.
I will make it easy for you! On Twitter? Share my post using the hashtag #BiTEtheEngager and you are good!
Follow @AmgenOncology to learn more about how BiTE® Technology is on the road to support cancer research. You can also visit the Amgen Science website to learn more about BiTE® Antibody Constructs.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Amgen Oncology. All opinions are my own.