"Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, but the Lighting of a Fire" - William Butler Yeats

Local scientists are lighting a spark of interest for fourth and fifth grade students in the Waukegan School District.

In late April, scientists from local companies volunteer to speak with Waukegan elementary students about the field of science and present unique, engaging and interactive learning experiences. Volunteers connect the school’s curriculum to the application of science in the real world and educate students about the wide range of science related careers open to their future.

As students learn how science is connected to their education, daily life and the potential for their future, their curiosity and interest grow.

“It was my pleasure to speak with the students. Later that evening I was reflecting and telling my wife about the curiosity and insightful questions from even the 4th graders. These experiences highlight even more the United Way message of how early intervention and influence could potentially make a difference.” - Yeshwant Sanzgiri, PhD, CMC Scientific Director, AbbVie.

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