Education

Winners of Trinity Academy's STEM Competition Displayed at Archdiocese STEM Expo

Haiti’s Heroes: (Left to Right) Brynn Caufield, Caldwell; Kendall Roake, Whippany; McKayla Horlacher, Plainfield; Julia Rodano, North Caldwell; Kayla Jones, Caldwell, and Emma Turner, North Caldwell Credits: Trinity Academy
Apollo Water Filter: (Left to Right) Clare Mulvihill, West Caldwell; Sam Rojas, West Orange; Brian Bolger, West Caldwell; Elisabeth Prioletti, Essex Fells, and Nicolas Yanuzzi, Caldwell. Credits: Trinity Academy
Vetiver Paper Company: Michelle Malagiere; Teresa McKiernan; Siobhan Stack; Isabella Castillo; Stephanie Perretti; Alfred Pacicco; and Angelo Delguercio Credits: Trinity Academy
Planting Positivity: (Left to Right) Jane Finney, Essex Fells; Ava Pothacamury, Cedar Grove; Mackenzie Mir, Clifton; Mathew Glenn, Caldwell and David Zoppi Credits: Trinity Academy

CALDWELL, NJ — Trinity Academy recently announced the winners of its first-annual STEM competition, “Global Challenges, Local Solutions.”

Winning teams and their displays were a part of the Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Newark’s first annual STEM EXPO at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center, located at 499 Belgrove Drive in Kearny, on Saturday. Projects representing Catholic elementary school students from Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties were on display.

Trinity Academy’s students in grades 5-8th grade worked in groups from September through February on projects that focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The projects targeted specific world regions and engineered solutions to challenges that keep the end-user in mind. Some of the issues addressed included: climate change, world hunger, education for all, resilient housing, infrastructure and transportation issues, access to clean water and care for Earth’s natural resources.

Sign Up for E-News

“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.”

Winners of this first annual STEM contest included two 8th-grade group projects: Haiti’s Heroes and Apollo Water Filter. Haiti’s Heroes, comprised of teammates Kendall Roake, Brynn Caufield, Emma Turner, Julia Rodano, Kayla Jones and McKayla Horlacher, raised money to help solve hunger issues in Haiti. The Apollo Water Filter, developed by Elisabeth Prioletti, Clare Mulvihill, Brian Bolger, Sam Rojas and Nicholas Yanuzzi, featured a solar-powered water filter to assist the people of Haiti in gaining access to clean water.

Trinity Academy’s winning 7th-grade group was named Vetiver Paper Company. The group created a unique solution for responsible production and consumption of paper in Haiti. The concept and display were created by Isabella Castillo, Stephanie Perretti, Michelle Malagiere, Siobhan Stack, Teresa McKiernan, Alfred Pacicco and Angelo Delguercio.

Finally, one 5th-grade group, Planting Positivity, comprised of Jane Finney, Matthew Glenn, Mackenzie Mir, Ava Pothacamury, and David Zoppi, created a plan for responsible trash disposal and composting in Puerto Rico.  The participants of each group were awarded prizes, compliments of the Caldwell Rotary Club, a long-time supporter of Trinity Academy’s Science Fairs.

Trinity Academy was 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 was chosen as one of only 31 schools selected by the Archdiocese to participate. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

Essex County's Senior Wellness Day is Sept. 26

September 15, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Essex County will hold another of its Senior Wellness Day events on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange.

“We are planning a fun-filled day of activities and will be providing a great deal of valuable information that will benefit seniors. Our Essex County Senior Wellness Day will offer nutrition information, ...

State Infant/Child Car Seat Rules Currently in Effect

September 11, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - Effective September 1, 2015, legislation set in place revised parameters relative to the use of infant / child car seats in the Garden State. New Jersey guidelines currently mandate the following:

Newborn to Age 2

Children under age 2 and under 30 lbs. must be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness. Toddlers who are tall or have long legs ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, September 23, 9:00 AM

Clipper Pavilion, West Orange

4th Annual Heroes for Children 5k and Family Fun ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_0b41f90e1f95b31eacab_unnamed

Sun, September 24, 8:00 AM

West Orange

27th Annual Mayor's 5K Run/Walk

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_60d09e8a644def379d41_necc2014logohztg_600x305

Sun, September 24, 9:00 AM

ESSEX COUNTY AIRPORT, Fairfield

WINGS & WHEELS EXPO

Business & Finance

Hate Trumps Love

September 19, 2017

This letter is in response to Karen Egert's letter, "President Trump has abandoned the country," dated September 11, 2017. 

I find it interesting that Karen only saw the violence from the 'alt-right,' over the course of one day, but did not see, or refuses to acknowledge all the violence from the alt-left' over the past several years - from the occupy ...

U.S. Air Traffic Control Isn’t Working; Here's How to Fix it

September 13, 2017

For over 30 years the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has tried – and failed –to modernize America’s woefully dysfunctional air traffic control system (ATC). It is time to get ATC out from under the thumbs of federal bureaucrats and partisan politicians, and create a completely new structure that will get U.S. air traffic moving.

American ATC is stuck in the 1950s.

23 Skidoo

I am worried that my genetic Neanderthal variant might be embarrassingly high.

 

Given my personality, this might not seem an unreasonable fear.  But I really don’t want it proven without a doubt by a rigorous analysis of my DNA.  That is why I am reluctant to subject myself to the many personal genetic testing services that are on the market today.

 

Fast ...