NORTHAMPTON — Seventh-graders in the community room of JFK Middle School scoot their chairs toward the front of the room as three uniformed boys appear on a large screen.
“Hello! Hello! Hola!” pipe voices from the screen.
The American students wave in slow circles to their U.K. counterparts, and the uniformed boys in England mirror the gesture.
“This is how the queen waves!” one student says as the two classrooms exchange royal waves from across the Atlantic.
Then, the two classrooms break into groups to work on their projects — all pertaining to water quality.
From water production at the International Space Station to monitoring public water supplies, each team participating in the Northampton district’s new Global STEM project tackles a different aspect of water and how humans need it pure to survive.