NEWTON, NJ—The students in the STEM program at Newton High School will now have use of updated technology thanks to a donation from Mira Plastics.  The Newton Board of Education accepted the donation at the meeting on Tuesday that had been presented to the Newton High School STEM students at the end of October. 

The technology department and its students will be making use of a Microsoft Surface Pro 7 laptop with accessories, valued at $2,600 according to STEM teacher James Hoffman.

“Students who benefit from learning our industry standard software basic skills such as Solidworks, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite can build a resume for opportunity,” Hofmann said. “Summer internships can be offered for those students who've invested time in learning these powerful industry standard skills.

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Tina and Anthony Miragliotta have always been a strong supporter of the Newton FIRST varsity robotics program, through their family owned business Mira Plastics.  Back in September, Hofmann asked them for help when the two technology teachers found their budgets had been cut.

The Miragliottas offered to buy the laptop and accessories to allow students the opportunity to learn and share the current software that are standard in STEM related industries.

Anthony Miragliotta and his two children attended an evening robotics meeting session to present the donations to the students on October 29, Hofmann said.  The students took the opportunity to show off their electric vehicle entry for the recent Power Racing Series Car race at Ideal Farms in Lafayette

Mira Plastics are experts in semi and automatic two-plate, three-plate, runnerless and hydraulic core pull molds, according to Hofmann.  The company now has machines that use state-of-the-art robotics to bolster their productivity.

Another donation was made from Essex Fells School District and accepted on the agenda as well. This donation included 19 SB680 Smartboards, which are valued at $5,700, 16 Epson Powerlite 460 Projectors, which are valued at $3,200, and two Mitsubishi VLT-XD280LP Projectors, which are valued at $210.