2nd Annual NJIT eSTEM Challenge

Hoboken Public Schools to participate in the 2nd Annual NJIT eSTEM Challenge


Contact Information:

Hoboken Public School District

Christopher Munoz


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RELEASE DATE: Monday, February 1, 2022

Hoboken Public Schools to participate in the 2nd Annual NJIT eSTEM Challenge

Hoboken Public Schools will enter two competition teams. 

Hoboken, NJ, Monday, February 1, 2022 — Hoboken Public Schools will enter two teams into the 2nd annual NJIT eSTEM Challenge, sponsored by the Center for Pre-College Programs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This challenge features a renewable energy theme and requires teams to create a solution by using the engineering design process. Hoboken Public School teams, led by coaches Hillary Quist and Michael Caniglia-Robiolio, are each composed of six students in grades 4 and 5 from all three elementary schools.

Our future engineers met their teammates, coaches, and NJIT student mentors during their first meeting to kick-off the challenge.  During this meeting, their coaches revealed this year’s challenge and expectations.  The teams started brainstorming ideas about their device after learning about what materials they were allowed to use and constraints for the project.  The NJIT student mentors helped answer questions that our teams had regarding materials and rules.

Over the next several weeks, the teams will meet regularly to research, plan and test their devices under the guidance of their coaches.  The students will use the engineering design process to not only create their device, but also to improve upon it by asking questions and analyzing their data. NJIT provides each team member with an engineering logbook so that each member can document the process, but also reflect on their team’s and individual work. 

The teams will present their devices and data to a panel at NJIT in mid-March 2022. 


About the Center for Pre-College Programs: Established in 1979, the Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP) was designed to increase access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields among pre-college-age students, especially those who are traditionally underrepresented and underserved. Improve the teaching of science and mathematics in secondary and elementary schools. During the academic year and summer, CPCP offers programs and services to more than 3,000 students (grades 4-12), educators and schools/districts through the Federal TRIO programs (Upward Bound, Talent Search and Upward Bound for English Language Learners), Early College Preparatory Programs, College Bound State Grant Program, student competitions, teacher professional development and special partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

In addition, CPCP's Options for Advanced Academic Achievement and Academy College Courses for High School Students afford students the opportunity to enroll in credit-bearing college-level courses at NJIT. 

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