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Beyond the Classroom: STEM Symposium

Beyond the Classroom: STEM Symposium

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.

Group of ten students holding JA Stem Symposium Poster

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.