HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Two members of the Hasbrouck Heights Middlle School Robotics Team were honored for their recent competition at the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education meeting last week.

Middle School Principal Joseph Mastropietro gave an overview of the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC), a groundbreaking online robotics tournament that engages students in coding. The team members who attended were Lilah Swalsky, Hanna Vadakken, Arvin Ackuterpalhil, Jeffery Ober, Seamus Baker, Luis Rodriguez, and Tulsi Patel along with Michael Binazeski, Club Advisor. Only Vadakken and Baker competed as a two-person team.

Of the over 100 middle schools from throughout the state who entered, Hasbrouck Heights was one of 44 qualifying teams that attended the Final on December 14 at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. Vadakken and Baker finished in the top 10 overall in the entire state, including finishing seventh in Phase 1 and ninth in Phase 2.

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Mastropietro also thanked others administrators for their support of the STEAM program. He also thanked Cindy Capozzi and Betty Chui, elementary school media specialists who are “giving the students a basic foundation for coding.”

Binazeski explained the next step in the robotics club will be to begin code and program drones, which will be used throughout the school.


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