About a month ago CSI recieved an email from Stan Polley, a science teacher at Mackintosh Academy,
a school for gifted children in Boulder, Colorado. Stan asked us if we could help with his effort to
build a laboratory to teach his students Genetics. He asked about possibly buying an inexpensive thermal cycler and a heat bath, and several other things.
Needless to say, with our interest in helping with education, we were thrilled to be of help. It became our goal for the week to provide the school with whatever we could at a very reduced price. We
managed to find a good ABI 2700 thermal cycler and a digital Fischer Scientific water bath, along with a vortexer, centrifuge, flasks, alcohol scrubs, kimwipes, spill kit, test tubes, pipettors with tips and latex gloves. Enough to equip a small army of future genetic engineers with all the tools to learn the basics. And we kept the cost down to $800 for everything. We could have sold all the items for around $4000 but since it was for the school we were willing to take a loss for the cause of education.
We sent the package in three separate boxes about a week ago and this morning recieved an email from Stan that stated, “Wow…. I got your package today and I’m beyond overjoyed. Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness.” That really made our day! To know that we have helped those kids down the road to great careers in biotech and medicine is wonderful. And helping their teacher with his search to find the things needed to start this little lab is very rewarding.
This is what we want our company to be all about. In any little way we can help the future we are willing and able to do it. If it means a donation to a local group home for disabled kids, or a gift
to a school for gifted kids, it is part of what we are. If it’s for a good cause we are willing to go
the extra mile to do the right thing. Pay it forward. Our hope is that someday every company can be this way.
What is so great about this week is the group of molecularbiotechnic engineers we may have just started growing for the future out of Boulder, Colorado. I hope they learn and remember where it all started with their excellent science teacher, Mr Polley, at the Mackintosh School. We were more than
happy to help.