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NJIT To Host FIRST Robotics Competition for Newark Middle Schools

WHAT: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) hosts a robotics competition, sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology), in which 20 middle-school teams from Newark will compete. The students have built robots designed to help disabled people perform domestic tasks.

WHO: Twenty middle-school teams, some 180 Newark students, will compete in the FIRST contest. (Editor’s Note: For the names of schools that will compete, see the below list).  The students have been tutored by 50 NJIT college students. The Center for Pre-College Programs at NJIT offered workshops for the Newark teachers coaching the teams. “NJIT’s level of support of the Newark schools is unprecedented,” said Randy Schaeffer, FIRST regional director for New York City and New Jersey. “The competition is a wonderful chance for the community to come together to celebrate the achievements of Newark’s students,” said Schaeffer. 

WHERE: The Fleischer Athletic Center on the NJIT campus. Parking is available.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 15, at noon. Prizes will be awarded to teams at 2:45 p.m.

SCHOOLS: Avon Avenue School; Brown Academy; Camden Middle School; Chancellor Avenue School; Cleveland School; Dayton Street School; Dr. William Horton School; Eighteenth Avenue School; McKinley School; Miller Street School; Mt. Vernon School; Oliver Street School; Peshine Avenue School; Rafael Hernandez School; South 17th Street School; Sussex Avenue School; Thirteenth Avenue School; Vailsburg Middle School; Warren Street School; and Wilson Avenue School.

BACKGROUND:  FIRST sanctions two science competitions, the FIRST Robotics competition for high school students and the FIRST LEGO League for middle school students. Through the FIRST Robotics competition, more than 800 teams participate in North America in a total of 23 regional events and a championship event. For more information, visit the website at www.usfirst.org or for FIRST Lego League, www.firstlegoleague.org.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.