NEWTON, NJ - After Newton High School's robotics team successful season with their robot, “Tobor Stephenson,” Team 3142 Aperture is now advancing to the FIRST World Championship to be held in St. Louis, Missouri.
This marks the fourth time Aperature will be going to this event since the team began. They will depart for St. Louis on Tuesday, in order to be ready for the first day of competition on Wednesday, April 26. The final day of competition will be on Saturday, the 29th of April.
Newton’s Aperature will join more than 400 other teams made up of approximately 30,000 students from around the world. They all have earned to opportunity to compete at this level having been awarded at the previous competitions. Newton is going on the after winning the Engineering Inspiration Award at the Bridgewater-Raritan district event and the Lehigh University regional championships.
According to FIRST, the Engineering Inspiration Award, “Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.”
It is one of the more prestigious awards available, second only to the Chairman’s Award. During the Awards Ceremony at Lehigh, it was decided by the judges and stated that, “This [Aperature] team creatively opened the world of engineering through their extensive mentorship and continual expansion at all levels of the FIRST ecosystem. The team’s working philosophy that kids come first, is the best way to enhance interest in STEM related activities and creates a measurable model for their own sustainability. The STEM Barn, media outreach and publications have given their community and school and inspirational wide-angle view of FIRST.”
Newton’s team automatically qualified to go to Worlds after earning the Engineering Inspiration Award. The award also earned them a grant from NASA for the expense of participation. The team will embark on the 18-hour journey to the state of America’s infamous arch.