BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - . Thanks in part to a generous grant awarded from Celgene, Berkeley Heights Public School students were given the opportunity to experience hands-on scientific programs and explore new technology which both further enhance the science curriculum.

  • The Rutgers Science Explorer Bus visited Columbia Middle School to conduct mobile lab sessions with all seventh grade students. The hands-on lab experiment focused on DNA extraction.
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University traveled to Mountain Park and Woodruff Elementary Schools and presented Academy on the Go: Discovering Dinosaurs. The third graders attended the interactive program, examined fossils and learned about the science of paleontology.
  • Virtual reality headset kits were purchased in conjunction with the Business Technology Grant Program to initiate virtual/augmented reality learning opportunities for students at both Columbia Middle School and Governor Livingston High School. These headsets allow students to immerse themselves in their learning by visiting historic places, reliving events or stories, exploring scientific phenomena in three-dimensions, and creating VR/AR works to understand concepts across all curricula.

During the 2018/2019 school year, the BH Ed Foundation awarded approximately $30k in grants, programs and technologies across the school district. The Ed Foundation is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that raises funds to enhance educational excellence in the Berkeley Heights Public Schools by sponsoring programs that support innovative instruction, strengthen school community ties, enrich students’ appreciation of the arts and humanities, and augment technology resources throughout the district.

To learn more about the Ed Foundation, please visit the website at https://bhedfoundation.org/ .

Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of patients worldwide.