Linden Students Win Design Challenge Award

LINDEN—A team of three students from Linden High School competed with 45 other high school teams from across New Jersey to win an award in their second consecutive Panasonic Creative Design Challenge (CDC) finals held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

The CDC is the premier science and technology competition for New Jersey high school students and is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This year’s theme, “Beach Sweep,” challenged students to design and build a robot, primarily utilizing recyclable household items, to perform simple beach and shoreline cleanup and habitat restoration tasks. More than 80 high school teams took part in preliminary rounds.

While teams from Delbarton High School and the Bergen County Academies took the first four places for the second time in two years, the team from Linden High School became only the second other team to win two awards in two consecutive years. After winning the award for the “Best Trial Performance” last year, they showed their versatility by winning the award for the “Best Oral Presentation” this year.

Linden students Diana Baginski, Marco Maia and Laura Motta, with the support of their faculty advisor and teacher Solomon Starkman, successfully designed, built and maneuvered a robot through a timed obstacle course during the finals competition. Each team had five minutes to perform eight point-value tasks. In addition each team was also being judged on their engineering logbooks and an oral presentation of their design.

“I am astounded by the hard work done by all of this year’s competitors,” said Joseph Taylor, Panasonic’s Executive Vice President and COO.

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