It's August and Boston Public School students are learning about drug substance concentrations.
For six weeks, Vertex, a pharmaceutical company in Boston's Seaport District, is employing about 30 high schoolers from Mayor Marty Walsh's summer jobs program through the private industry council.
Carl Reid is head of the Vertex learning lab. He's developed an internship curriculum that helps expose teens to stem fields in the classroom, at the lab bench, and by shadowing Vertex mentors.
The program is helping students narrow down career options. And at the end of the week, it's all about "Fun Friday." Students get a chance to go off-site and learn how stem can apply to other industries and careers.
At the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Congressman Joe Kennedy stopped by to talk about federal programs helping promote science, technology, engineering and math.
Wherever their paths lead these young learners, they're getting an early jump on things as Vertex helps to produce the next generation of thinkers.