Selected student representatives from St. Patrick School grades 5-8 presented their STEM projects at a Science Symposium sponsored by the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Paterson, with 12 other STEM schools, on May 15th at Caldwell College. St. Patrick School students in grades Pre-K through 8th have been participating in year-long STEM projects as a part of the Genius Hour program. The school combined their goal of “Doing Something Beautiful for God” with a project design that attempted to solve a problem related to global climate change.
Featured projects included a home designed and landscaped to be fire resistant, a system that would keep Venice from sinking, and a project that saved the trees by creating soybean paper. Contributions from the elementary and early childhood students included projects that worked to save the animals and a wellness program that had an emphasis on nutrition and gardening.
Saint Patrick School, accredited by AdvancED, is a co-educational, parochial elementary school for students in preschool through eighth grade. The school has been nationally recognized as a United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School and as a Diocese of Paterson Star School.