High school students from across the region, including 11 students and two faculty members from Central Catholic, recently attended Junior Achievement’s STEM Symposium at Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover, MA.
The symposium offered students the unique opportunity to interact face-to-face with companies and employees currently working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields.
The Central Catholic contingent included students from forensic science, engineering, and computer science classes.
They participated in interactive workshops presented by the MIT Media Lab, Salesforce, and Straumann Group, followed by a panel of STEM professionals including Andrew Rodriguez (MilliporeSigma), Escipion Baez (Smith & Nephew), Valentina Quiroga Fonseca (Solera Bio) and Michael Williams (NxStage® Home Hemodialysis) and moderated by Carolina Alarco.
In addition to witnessing unique technology skills being put to practice, students also learned a variety of professional soft skills such as communication, listening to others, working in a team, and more.
“This symposium was a great way for students to see how being educated in STEM can be useful in all aspects of their lives,” said Ms. Bridgette Bolduc, a science teacher at CCHS who attended the symposium. “We had the opportunity to explore how to be innovative in a competitive society. Gatherings like this help expose our students to a greater realm of possibilities for career choices at this critical junction between high school and college.”
Thank you to Junior Achievement for offering this event and to Greater Lawrence Technical School for hosting - our students and faculty are grateful for the opportunity.
Thank you to the Symposium sponsors: the Rogers Family Foundation and Straumann.
Thank you to Radhames Nova ’93, CCHS Board Member and President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Northern New England.