UNION, NJ – Engineers, teachers and other local Catholic high school students came out to St. Michael’s Parish School recently to judge their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) projects.

Taking first place in the competition was the sixth-grade ‘H2O Water Works’ project.  The team focused on clean water and sanitation. They created a water filter for Brazil to help clean up the water supply and improve the health of its citizens.

The second-place project was ‘N.V.F.C.’, which focused on the country of Nicaragua. Their goal was to create sustainable cities and communities by building a vertical farm.

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STEM projects allow students to discover real-life applications and challenges them to problem solve using the skills they’ve learned in their STEM classes.

‘City HatchSyria’, a project aimed to create sustainable cities and communities, took third place.  The team 'City HatchSyria' created an apartment complex coupled with reusable solar energy.

These top three STEM teams will represent St. Michael School at the Archdiocese STEM Expo in April.