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Making Science Fun for the Whole Family

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Our global Family Science program served over 32,000 students, parents and teachers, sending some of Abbott’s best scientists into elementary schools like this one in Waukegan, Illinois, not far from Abbott headquarters.

Making Science Fun for the Whole Family

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Abbott scientists lead hands-on experiments with teachers to impart basic science skills to kids and their parents at elementary schools, community centers and museums around the world.

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Since 2006, Abbott scientists and engineers have served as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) ambassadors more than 240 programs for schools, many of them underserved in terms of science, technology and math instruction.

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A typical Family Science evening might explore the workings of the human heart, something Abbott scientists know a lot about.

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Or it might help students to understand simple physics. In California, students design and create a structure that can best hold a predetermined amount of pom poms. Which structure has more volume – a conical structure or a cylindrical one?

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Students at the Jose Cordero Elementary School in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, engage with Abbott volunteers using games and household items to learn problem-solving skills.

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Family Science nights in Singapore are meant to foster a spirit of curiosity, discovery and invention among children – some of whom may be the inventors and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

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The fun, hands-on activities in these programs around the world encourage students to explore science activities at home. In the U.K., Abbott volunteers work with students to solve science problems.

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Of course, we also want to convey Abbott’s own passion for science and discovery because we hope that some of these children, like this one in Ireland, will grow up to be innovators and inventors.

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   at AWS.Web.UI.WebControls.ImageDisplay.get_ImageUrl() One of our major programs to interest children in science and inspire them to pursue scientific careers is Abbott Family Science, which actively engages primary school students and their families in learning about science and innovation through experiments and related activities led by Abbott scientists and engineers. We bring together children aged six to ten, along with parents and teachers, for evenings packed with exciting, hands-on experiments in fundamental science and engineering. Family Science events have been in China, Germany, Ireland, Singapore, South Korea and the U.K., as well as California, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia and Puerto Rico. Evaluations of the programs show that children were more than twice as willing to do science activities at home after attending, and that 95 percent of the families placed high value on interacting with Abbott scientists and engineers.







The Abbott Fund's Science Education program has received the following awards and recognition including:



- 2013, Abbott Ireland received a “Highly Commended” recognition for its efforts to advance science and engineering at the inaugural CSR Europe awards, established by the European Commission and run by CSR Europe.



- 2012 Top 10 CSR Case Awards by China Philanthropy Times and Beijing Normal University.



- 2011 Asia Corporate Social Responsibility Award for programs in China, Singapore and South Korea.



- 2011 European Employee Volunteering Awards for programs in Ireland.



- In 2011, the program resulted an invitation to the Abbott Fund for congressional testimony to the Subcommittee of Research and Science Education delivered by an Abbott scientist in Santa Clara.
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Results Since 2007

12/31/2013

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