WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Students in the STRIVE Gifted & Talented program at Beatrice Gilmore school chatted via Skype with Mary Butwin, a scientist in Iceland, about various forms of energy and projects the students are working on.

Under the direction of their instructor William Krakower, this particular third grade group is preparing to submit to the national ExploraVision contest. ExploraVision is the world's largest K-12 STEM scholarship competition. It challenges students to imagine future technology that can solve global issue.

The third graders are working on two projects - a robot which will clean up trash and a robotic crossing guard.

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Butwin and the students discussed various methods to power their robots and also the importance of them learning how to code.

The students will prep their projects for a Feb. 8, 2018 deadline. Mr. Krakower noted that last year Woodland Park students received an honorable mention in the contest, out of 1,000 plus entries.