Visit the STEM Barn at the New Jersey State Fair!


Do you have a taste for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics? The STEM Barn is the right place for you.

Sponsored by Thorlabs and Mira Plastics Co., the Newton Robotics STEM Barn features the latest innovation created by high school students.

Newton High School’s robotics team Aperture will be running “Tobor Stephenson,” this year’s robot for the FIRST Robotics Competition Steamworks, and a friendly robot named “Jane.” Demonstrations of the robots will run throughout the day.

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The STEM Barn will also feature a guest each day. Robotics teams from other high schools across the state will also demonstrate their robots and present their programs.

Kids Come FIRST, Newton Robotics’ STEM program for children, will be providing crafty activities on select days, coloring books and crayons, and robotics buttons for families.

Below is the events schedule for 2017. The STEM Barn will open at 10:00am and close at 10:00pm and is during the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show.

Day 1 - Friday, August 4

  • Special Guest: Roxbury High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team #4361 “Roxbotix”
  • Kids Come FIRST Activity: Paper Bag Robot Making

Day 2 - Saturday, August 5

  • Special Guest:  Clifton High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team #3314 “Mechanical Mustangs”
  • Kids Come FIRST Activity: Paper Bag Robot Making

Day 3 - Sunday, August 6

  • Special Guests: Clifton High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team #3314 “Mechanical Mustangs”/Hunterdon Central Regional High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team #3637 “The Daleks”

Day 4 - Monday, August 7

  • Special Guest: Vernon High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team #1989 “Vernon Vikings”
  • Solar Sprints Day!

Day 5 - Tuesday, August 8

  • Special Guest: Vernon High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team #1989 “Vernon Vikings”
  • Kids Come FIRST Activity: Build a Play-Doh Robot

Day 6 - Wednesday, August 9

  • Special Guests: Girl Scouts of Northern NJ/Allentown High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team #1807 “Redbird Robotics”

Day 7 - Thursday, August 10

  • Special Guest: Lenape Valley High School’s FIRST Tech Challenge Team #9244

Day 8 - Friday, August 11

  • Special Guest: Pascack Hill’s and Pascack Valley’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team #1676 “Pascack Pi-oneers”
  • Kids Come FIRST Activity: Creative Robot Making

Day 9 - Saturday, August 12

  • Special Guest: Somerville High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team #102 “Gearheads”
  • Kids Come FIRST Activity: Make a Robot Friend <3

Day 10 - Sunday, August 13

  • Kids Come FIRST Activity: Recycle Rush a new Robot!


The STEM Barn is located at the Sussex County Fairgrounds near the Craft Tent on Park Road.

Click here for more information about the New Jersey State Fair.

Click here for more information about the Newton Robotics Team.

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.

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