WHAT: Some 120 students from Newark’s public schools will compete in a Mission Mars robotics contest. The sixth through eighth graders, divided into 15 teams, used Lego Mindstorm kits to design small robots. The children, mentored by NJIT students, programmed the robots to perform tasks on a mock surface of Mars. In competition, the robots must perform certain tasks: moving ramps and exiting a landing base, clearing surface dust from solar panels and connecting habitation modules. Judges will evaluate the robots’ performance and select team winners.
WHO: The 15 student teams; NJIT students who mentored the teams; NJIT staff members; Newark teachers and team coaches; NJIT Vice President Joel Bloom and NJIT President Robert Altenkirch.
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 21, from noon to 2:45 p.m.
WHERE: Fleisher Athletic Center on NJIT’s main quad
BACKGROUND: The Mission Mars contest is sponsored and funded by NJIT’s Pre-College Talent Search Program in collaboration with the Newark Public Schools Office of Teaching and Learning. FIRST LEGO is an international program designed to foster student interest in science and technology.