(October 16 2015, Caldwell, NJ) Trinity Academy hosted HackNCraftNJ members Paul Modiano, Jon Bonesteel and Frank Gibbons. Each student - from Pre-K to 8th grade - spent 20 minutes of their class period with HackNCraftNJ interacting with and learning about 3D printing and design. One of the 3D printers on display had been made from a kit by 6-year-old with the help of his father. Upon learning that the printer kit cost about the same as a gaming system, one Trinity Academy student remarked, "Oh, wow. I'd much rather have the printer!"
Trinity Academy’s computer and technology teacher Mrs. Kim Fiore coordinated the event and explained how this interaction is translating to the classroom, “Trinity Academy's 8th grade is currently learning to code for 3D printers using TinkerCAD. The class will be creating and printing their own designs to be on display at our first ever
Innovation Day on February 6, 2016
HackNCraftNJ Co-founder, Frank Gibbons, had this to say about the day, “It was a very rewarding day. It’s not often you can spend so much time with each child, from Pre-K through 8
grade. It was great to see their eyes light up when you show them what is possible and that you are never too young to start.”
As part of Trinity Academy’s 25th Anniversary special event calendar and in partnership with HackNCraftNJ, Trinity Academy invites the West Essex community to visit their STEM inspired community event:
. “We will be hosting demonstrations by HackNCraftNJ as well as exhibits by other local makers and organizations together with our own student work,” explained Mrs. Fiore. Cost is free to the general public, though a donation is greatly appreciated. Check back for more information as the date draws near.
Trinity Academy would also like to extend an invitation to those involved in the maker community who would like be a part of our Innovation Day demonstrations; please contact Kristi Castano at email@example.com or Kim Fiore at
To see video and pictures of Trinity Academy’s day with HackNCraftNJ visit the website:
Founded in 2014, HackNCraftNJ, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to building a local maker community in Montclair, NJ and surrounding areas. Our members are passionate about DIY electronics, 3D printing, robotics, drones, wearables, crafts and emerging technologies. HackNCraftNJ actively supports the community by mentoring and educating children and adults, exhibiting at STEM events, collaborating with local organizations and providing resources at our Makerspace located in Montclair, NJ. Learn more at www.HackNCraftNJ.org.
About Trinity Academy
Trinity Academy is currently celebrating their recent win of the prestigious 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. Trinity Academy is a Middle States Accredited pre-K to grade 8 Catholic school, located in Caldwell. Trinity’s mission is to provide students with a challenging academic environment while educating the whole person in the Catholic tradition. Trinity Academy offers small class sizes, flexible Pre-K with before and after care, a full-day Kindergarten program, and a nurturing environment that allows every child to thrive.
Trinity Academy Hosts HackNCraftNJ