You may have seen our robotics team hard at work on the first floor of the Hajjar STEM Center. You may not have seen them, as I did, at 9:00 PM on a recent Friday night, doing their not-quite-final preparations for the New Jersey State Championship Tournament that took place a week ago. The entire Taub Innovation Floor was abuzz with the physical work on the robot, students trying to finish a new appendage designed to lift a beachball, some working on the gears, some weaving wires to hold the ball. Located at different computer stations around the floor, other students could be found creating the proper coding to make the robot do what they wanted. The work of this group has been truly remarkable. I want to share with you their newsletter, and congratulate the team on its victories in recent competitions. Although they did not place as well as they wanted in their final tournament, they agree that they had a very successful season.
By the way, I urge you to attend one of these competitions some time. You will be amazed by what you see. Beyond the battles of the bots themselves are all the team efforts going on at the work-stations of each competitor, and the interactions between teams as they make alliances throughout the competition. It’s vibrant and powerful.
Monday evening you are invited to a session of how to make course selections with your child for next year. The deans will speak about the overall curriculum and also narrow in on the different choices that are available. For present tenth and eleventh graders in particular, there are many options for building courses, and we hope you will join us to hear both the big picture of how to approach these choices and the specifics of departments and courses.
The evening will begin at 7:00 PM and all grades will be meeting in rooms surrounding Hajjar Auditorium. For interested parties, this event will be preceded by a college roundtable in Hajjar from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. We hope to see you there.