Newark Catholic Greenhouse Cabinet Project

Natalie Jungers (Senior) is developing a sophisticated greenhouse cabinet equipped with the tools to create the perfect plant-growing environment: adjustable grow lights, an automated watering system, climate control, and monitoring cameras. This project is a practical foray into the convergence of botany and technology.

Envision this cabinet as a crucible of scientific discovery—a versatile platform for probing the mysteries of botanic growth under varying wavelengths of light. Delve into the sophisticated measurement of soil moisture and the innovation of autonomous irrigation systems. Master the regulation of climatic conditions within this microcosm. With the construction of this cabinet, students are bestowed with a gateway to investigate a plethora of scientific queries, ushering them into a new realm of exploration. In other words “it will be cool”.

Natalie’s project aligns well with her interest in water management and automation. Building the cabinet will give her a practical way to test and improve automated watering systems, helping her understand how to keep plants perfectly hydrated with minimal waste. It’s a hands-on approach to smart farming that will deepen her expertise in ensuring that water is used efficiently in plant growth.

Natalie’s greenhouse cabinet project promises to be a valuable asset to the school long after her graduation. It will serve as a hands-on educational tool for future students interested in biology, environmental science, and agricultural technology. The cabinet’s features—such as grow lights, automated watering, and temperature control—offer ongoing experiments in sustainable practices and water conservation. Moreover, it can foster a continual interest in STEM fields by providing a tangible example of how technology can intersect with natural processes to produce food efficiently and sustainably.

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Newark Catholic Atmospheric Exploration Project


A group of students from the Physics for Robotics Engineering class launched a High Altitude Balloon as part of their end-of-year project. The balloon launched from Marysville at Union County Airport in April.

The flight lasted approximately 3 hours, raising to over 111,000 ft. At that height, the temperature was around -85°F (-65°C)!

The total distance traveled by the balloon was 75.5 mi.


Flight data available here:

2017 NCAEP Flight Data

Burst video