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SRA Senior Boston Page is the Elle Woods of Engineering. Learn about what drove her to become an engineer and how she plans to make a difference.
Boston Page
SRA Senior Boston Page is the Elle Woods of Engineering. Learn about what drove her to become an engineer and how she plans to make a difference.

Elle Woods, one of the most iconic female representatives in the movie world. She is the perfect example of what it means to work hard and persevere despite all of the societal expectations set against her as a woman. Elle has great determination, strength and self-confidence when it comes to what she’s passionate about, and that is exactly how one would also describe SRA Senior, Boston Page.

Boston Page playing the ukulele in one of her Instagram posts!

Page is a kind-hearted, intelligent individual who strides with pure determination as a confident woman in STEM. Page loves all things art, as she is a talented painter, singer, poet, musician and enjoys so many other art forms. She sees engineering as an art form that she has learned to love and express herself through. Her love for science and engineering started in middle school and only advanced from there.

“My first introduction to proper engineering was in the pathway, but I did a lot of STEM stuff in middle school. From middle school I came here to the engineering pathway, basically worked my way up. Now I’m in robotics as well as engineering and I feel like it helped me express myself in a way I feel like I couldn’t really do in any other art form.”

In the PLTW Engineering pathway, Design and Development is the name of the class for students in their fourth year. In their first semester, students are assigned a project where they come up with an entirely new invention that they then have to design, build, and market on their own. Page’s take on the project was creating a solution to a problem she’s personally experienced herself.

The Heartbeat Emmiting Bracelet prototype for her 1st-semester project. It is a speaker that emits a regulated heartbeat.

“I kind of took components of what I understand, things that have happened to me and what I’ve gone through to make this project. I made a bracelet that helps people with panic attacks through a process called heart synchronization, which basically means when you’re physically close to someone, you can feel their heart and you subconsciously try to replicate it. I took that idea and funneled it into making a synthetic heartbeat using a speaker. It helps people with panic attacks kind of calm down out of it.”

In hopes of helping people through severe panic and anxiety, Page’s innovative project is something she wishes to further develop as she advances in the world of engineering. She is excited to study engineering in college and be able to make a change doing what she loves.

“I’m really scared about it, I’ve heard engineering in college is super difficult but I’m so excited about it too. I feel like I definitely can make a difference through engineering. The project that I’ve been working on (HBEB) for our fourth year has really taught me that you can do a lot through engineering. It’s not just like, ‘oh I can make buildings or I can make robots’, there’s so much more you can do and I think that’s so cool.”

Page strives to pursue engineering throughout and after college as a proud Woman in STEM.

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Alina Abbott, Social Media Editor
Alina Abbott is a senior who attended SRA since 7th grade and a kind-hearted individual who enjoys a good nap, crocheting, frogs, and the finer things in life. Such as Cafe Rio burritos and Thanksgiving dinners. Alina's future goals include going to college, focusing on medical studies, and traveling to Japan to find onigiri. As a family-oriented, goofy, and caring individual, she is always willing to help and as she likes to say “live más”   
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