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Engineers in the Making

 


Students in Grades 9-12 toured Ximedica, a Bio-Engineering company in Providence, accompanied by their teachers, Hanna Rudnicki, Jan Peters, Marion Athearn and Colleen Sweeney. A Lincoln School alumna, Stephanie Chamberlin '88, invited Lincoln to bring some girls to visit the facility, meet the engineers and learn about the workings of a bio-tech company. Ximedica's vision is unsurpassed leadership in research and development, and manufacturing of medical and healthcare products that enhance lives.
The girls heard from and conversed with several female engineers (industrial, mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, and software) as well as designers. This team is a tight-knit group of colleagues, passionate about innovating and creating great products. Their enthusiasm was clear and they were exceptional role models of successful young women in STEM careers.
The students observed all aspects of the business:  research and strategy, human factors design, engineering , clinical and regulatory and advanced manufacturing. This was an exceptional opportunity for our girls and the welcoming atmosphere at Ximedica was undeniable. The students left having a much better understanding of the different facets of engineering and also saw first hand how designers and engineers work hand in hand in product development from start to finish.
Jen Tulloch, who was leading the Manufacturing Engineering portion of the tour said that one of the girl’s observations actually solved a failure that she was investigating.  Jen set up a fairly obvious comparison of the two units intending to have the girls notice the zip-tie solution.  One girl pointed to a top corner and said – “The wire on this unit [the failed one] is red/white.  The wire on this unit [the functioning one] is white/red…" Jen sort of fumbled through with an explanation and investigated it further when the students left – PROBLEM SOLVED!!
The math and science departments at Lincoln School plan to offer similar experiences to other students in the future as opportunities arise.

Click here for many pictures from the day.







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