Newark Public Schools Hosts 1st Student Robotics EXPO

Award Winning School Shows Rookie All-Star Robot

150 Students, 20 Schools Participate

[NEWARK, NJ, May 4, 2018] More than 150 Newark Public Schools students from 20 schools built, programmed and demonstrated their robotics projects at New Jersey’s largest school districts first Robotics Expo that took place at Science Park High School. The 2018 Expo was one of the largest in the state for young people who are interested in science and technology. Three High School Teams displayed large robots, while the grammar and middle schools students displayed and demonstrated interactive programmable LEGOs.

“The Robotics Expo was an extraordinary display of how academic projects, such as Robotics, can provide a unique and exciting learning opportunity for our students,” said Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools (NPS) Robert Gregory. “I commend the NPS administrators, led by Tim Nellegar, who created the Expo, and the students, teachers, principals and parents whose support and encouragement helped our students create the robots and other interactive projects.”

The Expo highlighted Barringer STEAM High School, who was selected as one of the best rookie robotics teams in the region. They recently received a Rookie All Star Award for their efforts in the Mid Atlantic Region from FIRST | For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, Robotics Competition, a national robotics competition for high school students. Other high school teams attending the 2018 Robotics Expo were Barring Academy of The Arts and Humanities and Bard Early College High School.

According to Nellegar, “These young engineers and programmers are getting an opportunity to learn about real world problems and use their creativity and imagination to come up with solutions to these challenges.” We are excited for the future of these teams and this program and look forward to expanding these opportunities to more students and schools in the coming years.”