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The parents really got behind the process. They were amazed at how many ‘out of the box’ solutions the students created. “The students often remark on how the process really opened their eyes to different situations people face each day,” says Jill Wentzel, STEM Coordinator at Pope John Paul. “The parents really got behind the process. They were amazed at how many ‘out of the box’ solutions the students created.” The top three groups from this year’s expo will bring their projects to the Newark Archdiocese STEM Expo in April, where they will present with teams from other schools and hear firsthand from engineers about using STEM and STREAM methods in the workplace. The top teams were also invited to present at the student showcase for NCEA’s STREAM conference in June. Overall Winners 1st Aqua Haiti 2nd Liberia Water (biodegradable plastic) Sanitation Lexi Hershey, Darby Bicking, Sydney Saxton, Elayna Querey Emilee Honey, Lauren Dynesko, Peter Jones, Chris Hoertz As for the rest of the students, there’s a whole world of problems that need solving, which means endless opportunities to practice their newly developed skills. “Our students are identifying challenges and realizing that they can design workable solutions,” remarks Wentzel. 3rd Healthy Hearts, Inc. (mosquito-repellent clothing) Erin Fitzgibbon, Camryn Foster, Lauren Winter, Vanessa Madanat, Andres Naranjo “The social studies teacher and I are doing a co-teaching lesson next week where the students will be designing, building and testing prototypes to do just that!” She remembers hearing that in a recent social studies unit on Siberia, students learned that wells there often freeze, forcing families to melt snow to obtain water. Students recognized the problem and asked if they could try to design a well that would prevent water from freezing. 21