NEWTON NJ- Newton High School had a visit from Congressman, Josh Gottheimer on Tuesday morning. Gottheimer visited the with students in the Newton High School CADD Lab.

The moment he walked in, the room erupted in camera flashes and applauding as Gottheimer made his way around the lab, shaking hands with everyone in the room.

In addition to the students, Gottheimer talked with Mayor Helen LeFrois, Superintendent Dr. Greene. The Newton Varsity Robotics Team Aperture 3142, showcased a few of their robots including their newest Apollo 3142, used to compete in this year’s challenge, Destination Deep Space.

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One of the team’s captains, Edward Holder, handed a controller to the congressman having him to drive one of their smaller robots, bringing a smile to his face.

Gottheimer said he was impressed with the team’s successes and admired the team’s dedication and devotion to following their passions within STEM.

As a self-proclaimed supporter of the STEM community, Gottheimer addressed the issues with the internet in the building and at home. He said he understood the challenges; students having trouble accessing and completing their schoolwork and constraints of not having up to date technology standing in the way of student success.

After a brief discussion about the problems within the community he stood with  Robotics Team Aperture 3142 team members and coach for photos. The team’s safety leader, Matthew Keuver presented Gottheimer with a gift bag including a team shirt.

The Congressman autographed the signature lab coats the team captains wear at all their competitions as a way of closing the gap between the team and the community.

The students and guests consider Gottheimer’s visit was a step forward in helping to solve the problems students face. People in attendance said they were grateful that the congressman took time out of his busy schedule to address their concerns and assist in resolving them.

Editor's Note: Article written by Newton High School Robotics Team Member