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Tomorrow’s Engineers Get a Great Head Start

Tomorrow’s Engineers Get a Great Head Start

Holy Trinity students, left to right, Reagan Racette, Emmy Guthrie, Sophia Oliver and Vera Carreiro pose with Truesdale Health physicians and Kevin Flynn. Back, left to right: Ronald Schwartz, M.D.; Kevin Flynn, Holy Trinity Director of Development & Strategic Planning; Henry Vaillancourt, M.D.; and Daniel Sousa, M.D.

The Truesdale Health/Holy Trinity School alliance is a study in educational excellence

A unique collaboration between Truesdale Health and Holy Trinity Elementary School is helping students grow in their education and planting seeds to cultivate future engineers and difference makers. At the outset of this partnership, students created an illuminated sign for Truesdale Health, while Truesdale is creating public exposure for the school’s STEAM Program—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

With state-of-the-art technology and design software at the forefront of its core education, the school has all the tools necessary for young engineers to work on real-world projects. The program’s goal is to cultivate creative thinkers who know how to promote their important contributions.

That worthy goal has now taken practical form at Truesdale. Kevin Flynn, Holy Trinity’s Director of Development and champion of its STEAM Program, says “Our students have designed an illuminated sign which best represents Truesdale. During the process, our kids have been able to think through, design, and produce the finished product.” The illuminated acrylic piece will be clear, with a white vinyl background—representing the importance of doctors, donned in their white coats, being transparent with their patients.
The two lighted signs will appear in Truesdale’s two lobbies. Up to 20 doctors’ reception areas will showcase miniature versions.

Holy Trinity students recently presented their finished product to Truesdale’s Board of Directors.

The signs are being provided at no cost to Truesdale. “Funding comes from our generous Angel investors, as well as sponsorships from local businesses and parents,” reports Kevin. “These investors help to fund the equipment and materials we need. Overall, our program works because we have a great leadership team, as well as the continued support of Principal Brenda Ganon.”

Kevin Flynn, a graduate of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School who has been teaching at Holy Trinity since 2020, suggested implementing the engineering program on the belief that hands-on learning is a dynamic learning strategy. The Truesdale sign project, as well as promotional-item projects for local companies such as IZ Schwartz and WJAR 10 TV, demonstrate its success.

The STEAM program is well equipped with the necessary tools such as a 3D printer and cutter, resin printer, and CAD software — the same software used by Tesla and SpaceX. Kevin says, “We can deliver what local businesses need to better promote their organizations. We don’t need to send anything out anymore. We can do it right here. In the process, we’re teaching engineering skills, as well as competencies such as reading instructions, assembly, and working as a team — all the basics needed to go into the engineering field. Grades six, seven, and eight all participate on rotation, and everyone gets a chance to work on the ‘Intro to Manufacture Engineering’ initiative.”

Passionately teaching practical skills, as well as good customer service, Kevin believes, “If you give students encouragement early on, you have a better chance they won’t quit down the road.”

Truesdale Health’s Dr. Daniel Sousa made the Holy Trinity connection. His daughter attends the school and participates in the program. “I’ve had three children attend Holy Trinity Elementary School, where they all received an excellent education,” says Dr. Sousa. “Holy Trinity is so committed to education that there’s now a waiting list for new students to get in.”

“Kevin reached out to me to collaborate,” adds Dr. Sousa, the recipient of the 2022 Southcoast Health President’s Award. “As the Truesdale Health board focuses on community, it seemed like the perfect fit. I thought it made good sense to promote both organizations; Truesdale Health can use the signs to better promote our organization, while Holy Trinity students will receive the well-deserved credit for their impressive achievement.”

Holy Trinity’s STEAM Program targets students who are college bound, as well as others interested in pursuing the trades—like those taught at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. “The student engineers are achieving what many high schools cannot,” concludes Dr. Sousa. “They’re way ahead of the curve in education. And it’s exciting to see girls inspired to consider careers once dominated by men.”

Dr. Marvin D. Berman, Chairman of the Board and President of Truesdale Health, says, “The mission at Truesdale Health is to help support the Fall River community. In fact, we formed the Truesdale Health Foundation to promote good community health—from sponsoring bicycle helmets to youth soccer.” Educational health is also a priority. “With this wonderful collaboration, we recognize the opportunity for students to grow and we’re very excited about that.”

Kevin says, “I hope that some of our student engineers won’t stop at creating signs, but be inspired to bridge the gap between the medical and engineering fields—creating critical products onsite by using 3D printers. This could be as simple as an attachment to an IV pole.”

Clearly, the collaboration between Truesdale Health and Holy Trinity Elementary School is a win-win!

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