Newton Robotics Team gears up for the summer

8d65c6e9ff5bdbae0c84_three_seniors_graduated_.JPG
A few of the graduated team members: Co-Captain/Build Leader Jake Kolzow, Former Co-Captain/Safety Leader Lara Pennell, and Build/Drive Team Member Casey Duran
c2f40839fe64654fbdcb_Hofmann_and_Jake_graduation.jpg
Coach Jim Hofmann and Former Co-Captain/Build Leader Jake Kolzow 
8d65c6e9ff5bdbae0c84_three_seniors_graduated_.JPG

School’s out for students at Newton High School after a long week and a half of final exams.

In late May, the team celebrated this year’s success and events as well as shared their farewells with students of the Class of 2016 at the annual banquet. Lara Pennell and Jake Kolzow, who have been on the team since eighth grade, expressed how remarkable it was to be on the team and to have been co-captains for the past two years. The team’s coach, Jim Hofmann, announced that Liam Oakes and Katie Nelson, both upcoming seniors, will be the next co-captains for the 2016-17 season.

While many other students anticipate on spending their summers hanging out with friends, going on vacation, relaxing on the beach, or hiking on an adventure, the students of the Newton Robotics Team anticipate on gearing up for this summer’s ten-day journey at the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show in Augusta, NJ.

Sign Up for E-News

After spending a total of 60 days at the fair for over 720 hours over the past six years, the team has finally been granted its own permanent location at the fair.

This year, the team will be spending ten days at its new STEM Barn, generously sponsored by Thorlabs, a high technical partner and Photonics company in Newton, NJ, and Mira Plastics, a local custom thermoplastic injection molding company in Fredon, NJ. The new 12' x 24' shed, currently being constructed by local Sussex County farming business Brodhecker Farms, will reflect the colors of these sponsors as well as aid in the promotion and expansion of STEM to the community.

The team is currently planning and organizing an opening ceremony to be held during one of the ten days of the fair. The team has invited New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, a strong advocate of STEM Education and the workforce, to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony. A few other legislators have been invited to celebrate the empowerment of STEM with the team as well.

Among those invited are also Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblyman Troy Singleton of New Jersey, sponsors of the pending A3879 Legislation. The purpose of this legislation is to require public schools in New Jersey to adopt a policy of presenting a varsity status to academic school teams, especially robotics. The Newton Robotics Team has been strongly supporting a varsity expansion to other non-athletic school teams since its initiation in 2009. In 2010, Newton High School became the first public school in New Jersey to grant a varsity status to its robotics team.

The team would also like to congratulate ARDEC at Picatinny Arsenal for the recent recognition by the State Senate for their long history in promoting STEM Education and careers throughout the nation. Picatinny Arsenal has been a major sponsor of the Newton Robotics Team for several years, providing them with opportunities in the STEM workforce as well as supporting the team for a new build season each year.

 

A date has not yet been selected for the opening ceremony, but is in progress. The New Jersey State Fair and Sussex County Farm and Horse Show will take place from August 5-14 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ. The Newton Robotics Team will be at the new STEM Barn all day, 10:00am-10:00pm, with a special guest each day. Students are encouraging everyone to visit and see what STEM is truly all about.

Team Aperture will also be competing in the off-season competition, “MidKnight Mayhem,” at Plainsboro High School this Saturday, June 25.

Get updates about what the students of Newton Public School's award-winning robotics division have been up to.  A part of FIRST Robotics, Newton Robotics Team has proudly served and contributed to expanding STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to the community and students since its establishment in 2009.
 
Coached by James Hofmann of Halsted Middle School with the assistance of Darleen Nelson, the program ensures that students from grades five through 12 are provided with an exploration to 21st Century Life and Careers with more hands-on opportunities in Engineering, Science, Business, Public Relations, Marketing, Industrial Safety, and more.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Newton

Sparta Police: Drunk Brooklyn Man Asks Police to Shoot Him

May 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Brooklyn man was taken for observation when he asked police to shoot him after having crashed his car down an embankment on County Road 517 near the Sparta Middle School.  On May 17 around 2:06 a.m. Sparta Police Officers Brian Porter and Timothy Lynott found Joshua Lindland of Brooklyn asleep in the driver’s seat of a gray Audi against a tree, police ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_1238ba7dd28d6e090371_nj_blood_services

Sun, May 20, 10:00 AM

Hayke's Market, Newton

Newton Community Blood Drive

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_8a19d072e4460f0203bf_project_help

Sat, May 26, 12:00 PM

The Stanhope House Main Stage, Stanhope

Jar Jams Entertainment Veterans Benefit w/ ...

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Sun, May 27, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

Sun, June 10, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

Thu, June 21, 2:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Summer Afternoon Garden Soiree

Home & Garden

Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

Carousel_image_2cec67206897437ad29b_sparta_historical_society

Sun, August 26, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Sussex County Views: The Art of Toni Chaplin

Arts & Entertainment

Sparta High School Photography Student Takes Top Prize in CCM Competition

May 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta High School photography student took home the top honor from the County College of Morris sixth annual photography competition from over 600 entries. Three other Sparta students also earned honorable mention in the event sponsored by the CCM Photo Club.

Reese Vanduk, a senior, earned first place for her interpretation of this year’s theme of ...

Ethical Or Political Stunt

May 20, 2018

On May 9th Sussex County Freeholder Director Jonathon Rose announced formation of the Sussex County Transparency Committee. A committee established to monitor the ethics of County politicians.  

Alarming is what was left out of this announcement. Besides naming the dynamic duo Lazzaro and Graham, two other names show cause for curiosity. Jonathon never acknowledged, nor did he ...

Support for Fantasia and Hertzberg for Freeholder

Dear Editor:

My name is Stephen Skellenger, and I’m writing what is my first Letter to the Editor to emphatically endorse Dawn Fantasia and Josh Hertzberg for Sussex County Freeholder. With these two, you are going to get uniquely-qualified individuals who exemplify servant leadership.

Josh is someone who seems to me to be a person who would give the shirt off his back to help anyone.

Find Your Dream Home During Our DOUBLE Open House Weekend!

The forecast for this weekend is rain, rain, and more rain---so why not spend your time touring your new home?  Team Nest Builder offers 2 wonderful Open Houses this weekend, PLUS a new listing for you to check out via video tour!

27 Hilltop Trail, Sparta

Step into your own fairytale with this Lake Mohawk, storybook-sweet 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom gem! Gather in front of the rustic ...

Help Feed Hungry Sussex County Families Through Foodstock

Did you realize food pantry shortages INCREASE during the summer months? Decreased donations and increased need due to the summer break from school lunch and breakfast programs leave many Sussex County families hungry.  

Enter Foodstock:  an annual spring countywide food drive started 15 years ago through the coordinated efforts of Pass it Along, United Way of Northern New Jersey, ...

3 Tips for Making Your Home-Ownership Dream a Reality

 

Here's Highlights:


Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check = one of the best ways to save without thinking much about it.


Living within a budget right now helps you save money for down payments while also paying down other debts holding you back.  What are you willing to cut back on to make your dreams of homeownership ...

New Data Shows May is the Best Month to Sell Your Home

According to a newly released study by ATTOM Data Solutions, selling your home in the month of May nets you an average of 5.9% above estimated market value for your home.

For the study, ATTOM performed an “analysis of 14.7 million home sales from 2011 to 2017” and found the average seller premium achieved for each month of the year. Below is a breakdown by month:

ATTOM even ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

We Do This Work Because We Care

May 19, 2018

Sussex NJ – We Do This Work Because We Care

Project Help, Inc., is a 501(c)3 Charity whose mission is to help veterans and their families during difficult times. They assist veterans in New Jersey’s seven northern counties in getting back on their feet. 

“We work very hard to be able to sustain our veterans as they struggle with the many issues that are holding them ...

10-Year Old Boy Battling Cancer Receives Generous Donation From Randolph Hockey Family

May 20, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real life battles off the ice there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the Randolph Varsity hockey team, when they came together to deliver good wishes and ...