CALDWELL, NJ — Trinity Academy has been chosen by the Archdiocese of Newark to be a pilot school for a new STEM program titled “Global Challenges, Local Solutions.” This innovative program aims to empower students to develop solutions and technologies to meet challenges we face now and in the future.

Trinity Academy is one of only 30 schools selected by the Archdiocese to participate. Since September, students in grades 5-8 have been working in groups on projects focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which will be displayed in at the campus on Wednesday.

Students have focused on specific world regions and have engineered solutions to challenges that keep the end-user in mind. Some of the issues addressed include climate change; world hunger; education for all; resilient housing; infrastructure and transportation issues; access to clean water; and care of Earth’s natural resources.

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“This initiative is designed to take STEM education into the real world, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said Trinity Academy Principal Mary Cassels. “I’m so proud of the talent, vision, collaboration and care that have gone into these projects and I know the students are excited to showcase their thoughtful work.”

Student projects will be displayed during a fair on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Trinity Academy campus from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. The community is invited and encouraged to attend.  

At 11 a.m., Tim Castano, President of New Start New Jersey, will make a brief presentation on his work with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria. During the fair, projects will be judged and the top projects will be exhibited at the Archdiocesan level at a STEM expo extravaganza on March 25 at the Archdiocesan Youth Center in Kearny.