Project Description



Challenge: rural students are missing out.

Research shows rural school grads are less likely to have completed high school science classes than their non-rural peers. And, many rural schools struggle to attract and retain science teachers, resulting in less STEM-focused learning.


Solution: rural STEM project ignites.

Through a grant to Project Lead The Way, Astellas USA Foundation’s new Rural Spark Project seeks to change the shape of STEM learning in targeted rural areas for middle and high school students with invigorating teacher training and exciting hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom and the community.

C.O.nxt partnered with Astellas USA Foundation’s team to create this initiative with key messages, PR, branding, website and digital assets, along with a brand and website refresh for its broader ScienceWoRx program, designed to address other critical gaps in STEM learning.

Create key learnings through video.

An initial targeted email campaign resulted in hundreds of views of the embedded explainer video. The website and C|O created videos continue to be a key resource for learning about the Rural Spark Project, ScienceWoRx, and the important work being done by Astellas USA Foundation.

When work doesn’t feel like work.

We could call it branding, but when designing a brand identity and creating an educational, yet engaging tone is this enjoyable, it’s better described as a passion project. Here you’re looking at one part of the project­­—the colorful ScienceWoRx logo, designed to capture all aspects of STEM learning and appeal to audiences of all ages. We’d love to know what you think!

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