Student news: Thomas Edison Energy/Smart Charter School 06-01-2017

The VEX IQ Robotics team from the Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School in the Somerset section of Franklin competed in the National Competition in Iowa this spring and came home with a first-place award in designs and a second-place award in the Skills Challenge. They also went to Kentucky at the end of April for the VEX World Tournament. The school's team was the top in the state out of all other New Jersey teams and came in 50th out of 300 teams. 

In addition, TEECS was among one of three schools across the nation selected to participate in the Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event this spring, with NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The school's seventh- and eighth-grade students participated in the webcast conversation with Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, GSDO Launch Director. She shared her personal and career experience as a NASA woman scientist. Students participated in a question and answer session following her presentation.

The school's Model UN Team participated in the International Middle School Model UN Conference in New York. Two of our students earned Honorable Mentions for their Russian Delegation in the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

The school's Robotics team also went to Romania for an International Robotics Competition at the end of April. The team ended up with two gold, two bronze, and two silver medals.

The school's Math Counts Team participated in the 2016-2017 online National Math League competition. There were 300 teams from fifth to eighth grade participating in the competition. The school's team earned first place in the sixth-grade category.