Notre Dame students are finalists in STEM contest

Two of the eight finalists who competed recently in the KFMB-TV Station’s Innovate 8: STEM Innovators Contest are from Notre Dame Academy in Carmel Valley.

Kevin Lopatka, grade 7, and Robin Tête, grade 8, designed and directed one-minute videos showcasing how they use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) to make San Diego a better place.

Both of their creative and insightful videos were chosen from a pool of other high school and middle school student entries from across the county.

Although both videos highlighted how the concepts the boys learned in their NDA STEM class are everywhere, the examples they used to illustrate them were unique.

Robin’s video showed hot air balloons, roller coasters and skate-park design software, while some of Kevin’s examples were a basketball arching in to the basket, all the buildings around us and the game of baseball.

From eight finalists, a winner was decided through public online voting. The winner was Adam Douillet of San Pasqual Union School. See entries at

Notre Dame Academy added STEM classes to its middle school curriculum this year and will hold its first STEM Expo in June.

Notre Dame Academy is a private Catholic school for preschool through grade 8. Visit