Washington Township High School Garners

Top Honors in RoboRocks Competition

On December 6, 2001, over 140 students representing 14 high schools from all corners of New Jersey converged on the Middlesex County College (MCC) campus to compete in the NJCATE/MCC first annual "Building for Tomorrow Games" robotics competition. The high-octane enthusiasm of students and their teacher-advisors was on display throughout the event and most evident in the creative theme and design of each school's entry.

Trophies were awarded for the top three winners and for the school whose robot moved the heaviest rocks. Additionally, honorable mention trophies were awarded for Marketing, Presentation, and Creative Design.

Regardless of trophies, all schools and students were clearly winners in this competition. Every team's entry featured an outstanding example of the purpose of the Building for Tomorrow Games, whether it was in the design, theme, construction, robot programming, presentation, or overall teamwork and esprit de corps.

Over the course of the weeks building up to the competition, some unexpected learning also occurred. As one student answered in a follow-up evaluation question about the most significant thing learned, "Always keep a window open for ventilation when spray painting!"

And the winners are:

First Place - Washington Township High School, Sewell, NJ ? Uncle SamBot 2k1, "Our forces united"

Second Place ? Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ ? Junkyard Jake

Third Place ? Science High School, Newark, NJ ? The Great SouthPark Caper

Heaviest Rocks ? East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick, NJ ? 12.95 lbs.

Honorable Mention, Marketing ? Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge, NJ

Honorable Mention, Presentation ? Perth Amboy High School, Perth Amboy, NJ

Honorable Mention, Creative Design ? Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, NJ

Congratulations to all!

For more information about the Building for Tomorrow Games, RoboRocks! or other NJCATE events, contact Karen Ford at 732-906-4178 or karen_ford@middlesex.cc.nj.us