Science Department

Meet the Faculty

Click here for Science National Honor Society Application Form.

Honorable Mention from Toshiba Exploravision

Toshiba ExploraVision competition engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM.  Last year students in the Honors Biology classes participated in this competition.

Catherine McDonald, Patricia McCarthy, and Onora Healey (class of 2023) won with their invention titled National Park Conservation Phone

Mira Tensuan-Eli , Grace Sheibley , Ava Reich , Naomi Viola (class of 2022) won with their invention titled Arc Injection

We are so proud of the accomplishments of all of our science students!

Sea Perch Challenge 

Honors Physics students at MMA compete in the annual Philadelphia Sea Perch Challenge.  In this competition, sponsored by the U.S. Navy, students design and build a remotely operated underwater vehicle that can navigate an obstacle course and execute an underwater recovery mission.  In the spring 2020 challenge, the MMA team placed fifth in the Pool Performance events, and third overall in their class. Credit the innovative thinking and perseverance of Team LegaSEA (Audrey Coughlin, Maisie Grogan, Gloria Kang, Danielle Nardella, and Annamarie Palermo, all class of ’20).



  • Sea Perch Underwater Robotics Competition, Drexel University      
  • West Point Bridge Design
  • ACS National Chemistry Week Competition
  • The Annenberg High School Symposium
  • NSTA/Toshiba ExploraVision                                                                         


The Science Department of Merion Mercy Academy seeks to provide all students with a comprehensive college preparatory background in the biological, chemical, physical, and environmental sciences. The department emphasizes the role of women in leadership positions in industry, health professions and scientific research, and education. Our students are prepared and challenged to approach scientific inquiry based on the Mercy Core Values which encourage them to be responsible and discerning citizens. We believe that our students are well informed regarding life issues, especially those that relate to women’s issues and that they acknowledge and accept their global responsibility toward the environment.

Department Goals

  • Meet and exceed national and state science standards.
  • Design, safely perform, and analyze results from controlled experiments using the Scientific Method.
  • Use inductive and deductive reasoning.
  • Write a scientific research paper and evaluate source reliability.
  • Communicate and defend a scientific argument through presentation and written reports.
  • Justify current scientific and technological issues with a strong lens of ethics.
  • Appreciate the role of women in science
  • Develop a lifelong appreciation of science and scientific literature.
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