PMA Students Get an Inside Look at STEM

January 13, 2017


submitted by Presentation of Mary Academy, Hudson

The junior high students at the Presentation of Mary Academy had a very smart visitor this week.  Nicole Ouellette from Philips Healthcare in Andover, Mass., is a test engineer specializing in ultrasound.  She presented the students with the ins and outs of STEM –Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics– as this is believed to be the future of the economy.

Ouellette explained to the students that math is the most powerful tool to an engineer as it helps breakdown problems with different variables.  The potential engineers of the future were fascinated by the different examples of ultrasound transducers that were passed around the audience.  Of course, all audience participation was rewarded with a Smartie candy!

Ouellette concluded with the encouragement of joining Lego Leagues if students thought they may be interested in engineering.  “You can never start too young to develop your interests,” said Nicole.  PMA recently implemented a Lego Club for kindergarten through grade three.  Summer camps for Lego League are also offered during July at the school and are always very popular.

Principal Sister Maria Rosa said, “STEM education is a hot topic in the education world.  You have to always keep your curriculum up to date and keep your students interested.”