Science Students "Building Bridges" at Northeastern University

By Hunter Broadbent ’19 and Joshua Mould ’19, #XBCorps

On Friday, November 30, Xaverian science students traveled into Boston for the day to participate in a seminar on engineering at Northeastern University.
Mr. Jim McPhillips ’86 brought seniors from his AP Physics and Intro to Engineering classes to enjoy this exciting opportunity provided by Northeastern’s STEM Center for Education. “The focus of the day was exposing high school students to multiple engineering disciplines by means of interactive labs and activities,” Mr. McPhillips explained.

“I really enjoyed seeing the school, for one,” said participant Justin Sayah ’19. “My favorite part, though, was the central nervous system presentation. A programmer and a biology professor explained and discussed how stem cells divide and how tumorous cells can envelop your whole system. I found that to be very cool.”

The second part of the day included a presentation on batteries. A Northeastern professor explained the composition of batteries and then cut them open so the students could explore the components inside. In another section of the Building Bridges program, seniors Teagan Blum ’19, Ansh Tarafder ’19, and Mike Seaman ’19 took part in a challenge to see if they could build a small structure that could withstand the stress produced by an earthquake simulator.

“It is so important that we provide these hands-on, real-world learning opportunities for our students, both in science and throughout the curriculum,” said Dr. Jacob Conca ’94, Principal. “Our FXD students look forward to traveling to Northeastern for a similar experience in the spring.”
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