Students at South San Francisco high schools will get real-life lab experience right on their own campus next year at Science Garage, a fully functioning biotechnology laboratory complete with centrifuges, thermal cyclers, gel electrophoresis machines and other equipment funded by Genentech Inc. The 6,900-square-foot lab, constructed with a $7.9 million investment from the Genentech Foundation, is being built at South San Francisco High School, but will also be accessible to students at El Camino High School, the other high school in the South San Francisco Unified School District. The building is part of Genentech’s $18 million Futurelab program, which the South San Francisco biotech company started last year as a long-term investment in science, technology, engineering and math, subjects commonly known as STEM, in South San Francisco schools. “Given the fact we’re a biotech company, it seemed rational and logical to do something in STEM education, and why not focus on the area in which we are?” said Genentech CEO Ian Clark, speaking with The Chronicle in advance of Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the construction project. “We knew there was a fairly significant unmet need in the local area.” Junior Rahaf Abudamous (left), senior Sofia Cartagena, junior Jalyn Cald well… Read full this story
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