Education

Press Releases

Union Catholic's Engineering: Innovation and Design Class Completed a Unique Project

d2b77df8bf6f7dc215c4_ugly_sweatshirts.jpg
Ms. Samantha Scutieri's Engineering: Innovation and Design class recently completed a unique Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt Project, which combined design, programming, and circuitry. Credits: Jim Lambert
d2b77df8bf6f7dc215c4_ugly_sweatshirts.jpg

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Ms. Samantha Scutieri is always brainstorming to come up with new and fun ways to challenge her students and teach them new skills.

So when Union Catholic introduced an Engineering: Innovation and Design course last year, Ms. Scutieri, who teaches the class, implemented an Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt Project, which combines design, programming, and circuitry.

On Tuesday morning, Ms. Scutieri’s current Engineering: Innovation and Design class showed off their recently completed Ugly Christmas Sweatshirts when they visited the sophomore homerooms to get feedback from students on their projects. The class consists of Joseph Almeida, Cameron Guanlao, Andre Rodrigue, Jianping Shen, Philip Silva, Maya Walker, Jiana Wang, Jared Ware, and Scarlett Zheng.

Sign Up for E-News

For the Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt Project, Ms. Scutieri’s class broke up into three groups of three. Each group had to fill the jobs of Project Manager, Fabric Engineer, Electrical Engineer, and Programmer. Each sweatshirt had to be equipped with blinking lights, and one sweatshirt in each group had to be wired for sound.

“I like circuitry and my background is programming, so I wanted to find a way to incorporate both into the course,’’ said Ms. Scutieri. “It’s a fun and interesting way to learn about something that they don’t really have much experience with. What’s so great about this project is that even kids that have taken physics and other science classes, don’t really get the chance to study circuitry. So it’s exciting for students to do something they haven’t done before, and to see the excitement on their faces is great. Their faces light up when they see it all come together and how it works.’’

Ms. Scutieri’s students had a great time working on the Ugly Sweatshirts, and they learned a lot.

“It was definitely a fun project to do,’’ said Zheng, a junior. “I never knew how to do circuitry before, so it was great to learn how to solder and get in touch with electricity. It was very cool and very challenging. I never knew anything about soldering before, so here I was learning this completely new thing. It was a very cool and interesting project to work on, and I think it’s so great for students at Union Catholic to have the opportunity to learn how to use all these different skills.’’

Shen was the member of his group who had sound equipped to his sweatshirt, in addition to the lights.

“I had some experience with circuitry from when I took physics last year, but this is the first time I combined circuitry with designing and programming together,’’ said Shen, a senior.

Shen said he hopes showing their projects to the sophomores will spark an interest.

“They seemed like they really liked what we did, so hopefully this will lead to more students taking Engineering because it’s a great class where you will be challenged, have fun, and learn a lot.’’

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Three School Buses Involved in Crash at Clark's ALJ High School

June 21, 2018

CLARK, NJ — Three buses collided in the Arthur L. Johnson High School parking lot around noon on Thursday in a chain-reaction crash. 

Students were on board at the time, according to Police Chief Pedro Matos. One driver and two students had minor injuries, Matos said.   

According to a Honeywell alert issued by the Clark Public School District, ...

Let's Talk About Suicide

In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental health gaining more attention, the stigma appears to be dissipating but when a mental health ...

Is Summer Camp the Right Choice for My Child?

Is your child attending camp this summer? Is it their first experience away?  If yes, it can be an experience causing anxiety for you, for the parent and the child. 

This experience can be frightening to your child if it is their first time and it is so important that they do not see your worry or anxiety about leaving home for the first time… especially if it is sleep ...

What Are The Warning Signs of Suicide

The recent passings of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain remind us to take mental illness seriously. 

Many of us feel uncomfortable to ask when someone in distress is suicidal for fear we are putting this thought in their minds. This is not true. It is a myth that asking about suicide increases the risk of suicide. The most common mental illness is depression. Some people are ...

Greatness

In honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's (of righteous memory) 24th  Yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) this coming Saturday the 16th.

Excerpts from an address given by Nobel-laureate Elie Wiesel on April 7, 1992, at a congressional dinner held in Washington on the occasion of the Rebbe's 90th birthday.

Some of you are aware of my admiration, not only ...

We Must Address The Unrealistic Affordable Housing Process Now

June 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank all the residents who attended and watched last Tuesday’s Town Hall meeting on over-development and legislative solutions with Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and I. If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to watch the meeting on SPTV or the Township’s Facebook page at ().

The meeting was a real eye-opener for many of our residents. It ...

Vine Ripe Markets Now Serving Italian Ices

June 21, 2018

Vine Ripe Markets is excited to serve Italian Ices this summer. 

In addition to already offering gelato in our bakery section, Vine Ripe Markets located at 430 North Ave E. Westfield, NJ now will be serving Uncle Louie G Ices. Stop in today and take advantage of our spacious outdoor area with our newly added tables, chairs and umbrellas. Pick from the following flavors and ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 22, 7:30 PM

Crossroads, Garwood

Benefit Concert

Giving Back

Mon, June 25, 9:00 AM

Terrill Road Baptist Chruch, Scotch Plains

LifeWay’s 2018 Vacation Bible School at Terrill ...

Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_2e8d9f350d4d75f38fc3_beads

Mon, July 9, 10:00 AM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Join the Summer Jewelry Making Club at the Scotch ...

Arts & Entertainment Health & Wellness Home & Garden