Bayonne School District holds 3rd Annual Junior Robotics STEM Space Challenge

First Place Team Nicholas Oresko School, Principal Charles Costello, Coach Barbara DeBenedictis, Director of Science Tara Degnan
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First Place Team Nicholas Oresko School, Principal Charles Costello, Coach Barbara DeBenedictis, Director of Science Tara Degnan

The Science Department hosted a district wide Robotics Competition for students in grades 7 and 8. Over 100 students participated in the competition with the assistance of their elementary school coach.

Students worked tirelessly throughout the year to build and code their robot to perform four space challenge missions in front of a panel of judges in under four minutes. Additionally, students were required to keep a robotics notebook documenting their progress weekly. Judges scored them on their ability to navigate and program their equipment receiving anywhere from 1 – 4 points per mission with the opportunity to receive 6 bonus points based on their time.

Student teams were called to the mat one at a time to perform their missions while their peers cheered them on with signs and posters. Tara Degnan, Director of Science states, “The amount of excitement, enthusiasm, and school spirit at this event is truly remarkable. Students love computer coding and robotics. This event is one of many STEM opportunities that the district provides to students.”

Results of the competition are as follows: Nicholas Oresko Community School – First Place, Midtown Community School – Second Place, and Walter F. Robinson School – Third Place. The Science Department would like to thank Kyle Meehan, Junior Robotics Coordinator, district coaches, and the Provident Bank Foundation for their generous support of this program.