STEAM Projects at Lowell Catholic

This fall, Lowell Catholic chemistry students in Heather Aceto-Delorge and Dr. Chowdhury’s classes developed new products for a Sustainable Living STEAM Project. Working in teams, they evaluated their created product over a group of commercially available ones, according to three criteria of green chemistry: safety, cost and performance. Students formulated products like shampoo, face wash, mascara, toothpaste, soaps, and lotions, among others.

 

Using resources organized by LC librarian, Melissa Jackson, students were tasked with determining how safe products are based on the potential harmful effects of the ingredients. Utilizing AP Chemistry students at LC as mentors, sophomores designed their own products and experimented to determine how well their chosen products perform. Students designed and manufactured their own alternative products that meet the green chemistry criteria.

 

With the help of Fine Arts Department Chair, Heather Falardeau, students created product labels and full-color advertisements to market their product to the public. As high school students live in a world of social and online media, they also filmed a public service announcement to educate people on sustainable development and the importance of considering safety, cost, and performance when purchasing products.

 

Lowell Catholic offers students many opportunities to learn in an hands on setting with practical real world applications for their work. Additionally, during LC’s Winter Intersession, these students will be further challenged to use mycelium, a mushroom-based material, to engineer a sustainable packing material to protect their product if they were to manufacture it for distribution.

 

 

Pictured above, students Allison Newey, Jessica Newey, and Neath Ouk present their environmentally friendly soap products to classmates for a recent STEAM based interdisciplinary studies project at Lowell Catholic.

 

 

 

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