Tri-County students’ art brings life to new ThermoFisher Lab

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Artwork by several Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School students can be found along the walls of the new ThermoFisher Lab in Plainville. Pictured here is a work by Morgan Fleury of North Attleborough. Courtesy photo

ThermoFisher Scientific recently opened a 290,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Plainville. The new facility will be used for manufacturing life-saving gene therapy products that will impact patients all over the world. In order to decorate the Quality Control (QC) testing hallway, ThermoFisher created a SmART Contest open to students ages 13-18 and Tri-County’s students answered the call.

Science-themed art work created by contest winner Sinead Bergeron of Medway and runner-ups Catriona Keefe of Wrentham, Morgan Fleury of North Attleborough and Alexander Vasilyev of Walpole line the QC Hallway and have also been utilized as decals to add color throughout the lab. The students were tasked with creating either computer generated graphics or hand-drawn images and explaining how the artwork displays “science” to them.

“Our students utilized the skills they have gained from Graphic Communications to clearly portray their idea of ‘science.’ It is interesting to see the range of ideas that were born for the open-ended contest,” said Linda Thompson, Graphic Communications instructor.

The students and their guardians were invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony in August to celebrate the official opening of the new facility. During the ceremony the four Tri-County students were honored for their works of art which reflect the company’s research efforts.

All 16 of the Career Majors offered at Tri-County have a foundation in STEAM education. The incorporation of critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving helps prepare our students to be innovators and combine left and right brain thinking. It is an honor to have our students’ artwork hanging in the halls of a state-of-the-art facility for a worldwide leader in the pharmaceutical industry,” said Dr. Karen Maguire, Superintendent/Director, Tri-County RVTHS.