The national Vex Robotics competition tasks participants with designing and building a robot to compete against other teams' robots in a game-based engineering setting. It also employs STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts students learn in school.
“Richard Barsa and Mayor [Richard] Turner are huge advocates for our STEAM program,” said Dr. Robert Zywicki, the Weehawken Superintendent of Schools.
“These are the guys who made the STEAM lab happen here. When they heard that we had our first competition, they said, 'How can we help as a team?' One of the things they did was, they made competition shirts for our robotics team.”
“We're very proud of the robotics team,” Turner said. “It all started from the STEAM program that was set up a year ago. We wish them a lot of luck. The schools will be dramatically enhancing STEAM and technology. I congratulate the school board for putting this in place.”
“It's great to see the STEAM program finally come to fruition,” said Barsa. “We're just doing so many different things that the kids are enjoying and it's a great segway for college applications to have the STEAM program.”