Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Growing Innovative Problem-Solvers

Last month, we celebrated BioTek Instruments50th birthday with a party inviting employees and their families.

Families were able to see all the cool things that go on in our facility and gain a better understanding of why their family member gets excited about such topics like faster dispense rates, CMOS cameras, mechanical drift, or even zebrafish. If that was not impressive enough, the very large CNC machines that messily spray fluid around and then spit out a perfectly engineered shiny new part certainly was “icing on the cake”. Nevertheless, we made sure to have ice cream just in case.

BioTek Party gifts

While all of these things were very impressive, every kid knows no birthday party is complete without a good present! Kids who attended this birthday party really scored big here with a Tinker Crate from KiwiCo. If you have not seen these crates in action or heard about them, you really should check them out. Kiwi Co. explains their mission is to provide opportunities and possibilities for kids to “tinker” and “gain the skills and confidence to tackle problems where there is not one right answer”. These crates provide a hands-on project that gives kids a chance to build a tool that supports innovative thinking related to science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills, necessary for innovative problem solving.

Problem solving

This got me to thinking about the message this gift sent to our families: a demonstrated commitment to growing scientific thinkers. Not only do we want to provide innovative tools that help our customers unlock the mysteries of life, now we are doing this for the next generation of problem solvers.

By: BioTek Instruments, Debbie Deale, M&S Product Training Manager

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