Which Pill When?
At the push of a button, a single pill drops. On Friday, March 8, 2013, that pill drop signified months of dedication for the St. Ursula Academy InvenTeam that presented its invention before a gathering of MIT Alums, educators and local business administrators.
In an effort to further interest and development in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the MIT Club of Central Ohio and Leigh Estabrook, Invention Education Officer for the Lemelson-MIT Initiative, hosted a gathering at the Columbus School for Girls to encourage community involvement in STEM education.
Spotlighted that evening, St. Ursula Academy is one of only 16 schools in the nation this year to receive this grant-backed opportunity from the Lemelson-MIT Initiative to make an invention. The invention assists people who have difficulty managing their pill regime.
“Not only was our presentation an excellent opportunity to see how our device is progressing, it offered us valuable feedback and practice for our final presentation at the EurekaFest in June,” explained the team’s technical lead, Danielle Hunt.
“We can see all of the pieces coming together: the construction, finances, community outreach,” explained financial lead, Gabrielle Mancy. “It was exciting to share our work with such a renowned and involved group of people,” she added.
The team will continue to develop its device in preparation for the EurekaFest in June, which showcases each team. The evening concluded with the MIT Club of Ohio presenting a check to the team to help cover travel costs to MIT this summer. The team consists of students Jessica Cetnar, Danielle Hunt, Beth Ann Less, Caroline Lewandowski, Gabrielle Mancy, Nerra Martin, Madison Scott and advisor Mrs. Jackie Kane.
Author: Jessica Cetnar '13, edited by Mrs. Kane
Pictured above: Gabrielle Mancy '13 receiving check from MIT Club of Ohio President Dr. Fujio Hayashim, March 8, 2013 (picture courtesy of D. Cetnar)