NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School Robotics team was recognized for its winning of the “Underwriters Laboratories Industrial Safety Award” at the FIRST Robotics Competition that was held in St. Louis, Missouri from April 26-29 this year.

The robotics team, “Team Aperture 3142” was created in 2009 in order to “insure students have the opportunity to learn about engineering, science, business, public relations, marketing and industrial safety”, stated the proclamation that was given to the team during the Town Council meeting on Monday, May 22.

Team Aperture 3142 has helped to expand the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education, otherwise known as STEM, which allows students from grades fifth through twelfth to be “provided with an exploration to 21st  Century Life and Careers with more hands-on opportunities”.

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The team has been under the supervision of Newton tech teacher, Jim Hoffman. Along with the help of the Andover Police Department and Homeland Security, the team was able to learn safety procedures that could be implemented in the event of an active shooter in case of an emergency at the championship.

Judges at the championship pointed out that the cross-training of the team members being skilled in the safety program was a key contributor to their earning of the award.

On behalf of the entire Town Council of the Town of Newton, Mayor Sandra Diglio expressed their congratulations to the Newton Robotics’ “Team Aperture 3142” for winning the “Underwriters Laboratories Industrial Safety Award and recognized their hard work and dedication to the field of robotic engineering