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hhrs steam tank“Brobot” is intended to help relieve anxiety in children with extended hospital stays

PHOTO: (L-R), Henry Hudson Regional STEM coordinator Mrs. Leigh Fitzsimmons, STEAM team students Genevieve Keelen, Ann McGavin, Alexis Soriano and Keith Donach with SFC Josh Simpson, NJSBA I-STEAM fellow.

HIGHLANDS, NJ – Congratulations to Team “Brobot” from Henry Hudson Regional School (HHRS) for being selected from among hundreds of entrants to advance to the STEAM Tank state final competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey!

“Team BroBot is thrilled to be able to have this opportunity to make our idea come to life! We hope that with all of our hard work and dedication, Team BroBot will be successful in our state competition!” says Genevieve Keelen, Sophomore at Henry Hudson Regional School.

The STEAM Tank Challenge provides an opportunity for students to create and present their own inventions to a panel of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and inventors. The STEAM Tank Challenge, created and sponsored by NJSBA and the U.S. Army, hosted regional competitions in March 2018 where high school students, Genevieve Keelen, Ann McGavin, Alexis Soriano, and Keith Donach, competed among 15 high school teams and advanced to the state finals!


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“I am delighted that our talented students were selected for the STEAM TANK Finals! It is through their hard work and creativity that they have moved on in the competition. I also credit our dedicated STEM Coordinator, Mrs. Leigh Fitzsimmons, for inspiring these young minds and launching our STEAM Academy at HHRS. These students represent the first graduating cohort of students selected into the Academy. I know that they will be successful in whatever career path they choose. Good luck in the competition–bring home the GOLD! ” says Mrs. Lenore Kingsmore, Principal at Henry Hudson Regional School.

The HHRS team will be competing on October 23rd, 2018, at the New Jersey School Boards Association Conference. Recently, they met with a Child Life Specialist and toured the pediatrics wing at Monmouth Medical Center as part of the research for their invention, the “Brobot”, intended to help relieve anxiety in children with extended hospital stays.

“I’m very excited to see how the students have developed their idea, along with input from the Child Life Specialists at Monmouth Medical Center. They have been working very diligently on their prototype in the Makerspace,” says Mrs. Fitzsimmons, STEM Coordinator at Henry Hudson Regional School.

Henry Hudson Regional School is committed to increasing opportunities for students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

“Advancing to the STEAM Tank State Finals is an admirable accomplishment for our team of students! They have planned, designed, and presented innovative ideas, and we are thrilled that the judging panel recognized their hard work and creativity. Mrs. Fitzsimmons’ leadership in the STEAM Academy is commendable as she spearheaded the initiative. We are excited for the students to participate in the upcoming competition- Good luck!,” says Ms. Adrienne Spano, Tri-District Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Susan Compton, Superintendent of Schools, is proud of the exemplary accomplishments during the first year of the STEAM Academy at Henry Hudson Regional School. The STEAM Academy has been one of the school board’s top priorities in support of the district initiative.

“When Mrs. Fitzsimmons, our STEM Coordinator, first submitted the team’s proposal, I was super impressed, and to now have them going to compete in the STEAM Tank State Finals at the New Jersey School Boards State Conference is phenomenal! Truly, this team will leave a legacy for the Henry Hudson Regional School District, and I am proud to support them in this outstanding academic accomplishment,” says Dr. Compton.


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