The Future of Science
Steadman Philippon Research Institute launches community education initiative
the next generation
of scientists, teachers and physicians
resides in our own communities, the
Steadman Philippon Research Insti-
tute (SPRI) has created the Educa-
tion and Public Outreach Committee (EPOC) in
partnership with the Eagle County School District,
Vail Mountain School and Vail Christian Academy.
EPOC’s mission is to inspire and introduce the
science, technology, engineering, and mathe-
matics-oriented fields to elementary, middle and
high school students. The curriculum is directed
by the scientists and physicians of SPRI, and the
centerpiece of activity is the world-class research
labs located at Vail Valley Medical Center.
The team of scientists offers laboratory tours,
scientific presentations, mentoring of student
projects, involvement in school science fairs, and
internships. “Having world-class research scien-
tists as a sounding board really gives students a
sense of validation and pride,” said Gabe Scher-
zer, a Vail Mountain School science teacher.