The Academy of Our Lady of Peace has partnered with Seton Hall University and Newark’s North Star Academy in initiating a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) hydroponics program in the school. The Academy’s fourth grade will take the lead in the school’s S.T.E.M. program with the guidance of professors from Seton Hall University, Mrs. Spinelli (4th grade teacher) and graduating High School seniors from North Star Academy. Students’ engagement with growing food in the hydroponics tower garden will provide many “teachable moments.” These moments will arise from their own spontaneous observations, and a hands-on discovery-oriented curriculum.
The students’ progress will be recorded by a film company through Seton Hall University in order to capture the progress and advantages of a S.T.E.M. program in a school. The Academy was awarded a $1000 hydroponics tower garden as well as a $1700 grant for the 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Spinelli, and the Middle School Science coordinator, Ms. Church, to attend the National Science Teachers Association conference in Chicago during the month of March. The film will be showcased at the convention.