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Students at a STEM academy are discovering how to learn about virtual reality with old phones.  With the help of a $2,000 grant by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Lowell’s STEM Academy students are turning used cell phones into virtual reality machines.

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The grant was announced at the school by State Senator Eileen Donoghue, PhRMA’s director of advocacy and strategic alliances Laura Perloff, and Superintendent of Schools Salah Khelfaoui.

Donoghue is the vice chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education.  She told students that many jobs of the future will be in the STEM fields.

“The possibilities will be many,” Donoghue said. “There are companies already here, and there are companies that are coming here.”

Located at Edith Nourse Rogers School, the STEM academy has a curriculum focusing on problem solving, hands on learning, and cooperation.  There are 712 students from Pre-K to Grade 6.

“We support the future of innovation, and that starts with our kids,” Perloff said.

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