Monday, December 19th, 2016

TWO MORRIS KNOLLS H.S. STUDENTS  WIN AWARDS

TransOptions recently celebrated 10 years of bringing hydrogen-powered STEM of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math learning, to life for Morris County and North Jersey students who competed at the TransOptions’ Hydrogen Fuel Cell (H2) Model Car Challenge earlier this month.

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Morris Knolls H.S. student Kevin Re is showing his MK1 entry to Madison H.S. physics teacher Carole Rawding

In total, nearly 100 students from 12 area schools were given the unique opportunity to design and build cars that harness hydrogen power.

Two students from Morris Knolls High School in Denvill — seniors Kevin Re and Charles “Chaz” Mizelle  won the second and third prizes in the speed category for their entries in the competition.

The 10th annual H2 Challenge took place at New Providence High School on Dec. 7 and was hosted by TransOptions, the Transportation Management Association for Northwest Jersey. The main goal of the H2 Challenge is to promote technology in education and foster student interest in STEM learning.

“STEM education is critical for the success of our youth in today’s competitive technological age,” said John F. Ciaffone TransOptions’ President. “Hosting the Challenge is an integral part of our ongoing commitment to support environmental education and inspire high school students to explore careers in engineering and science.”

As race day began, each of the 29 teams stopped at the judges’ table where a panel scored their model car on craftsmanship and engineering. Each team also presented their Progress Journal that documented the concepts, designs and development of their model car.

Judges scrutinizing an entry

Judges scrutinizing an entry

Prior to their race, teams huddled at the starting line to power their model car’s fuel stack by producing hydrogen through a process known as electrolysis. Students then competed against each other, racing their cars down a 33-foot-long track.

Kevin Re with award for speed

Kevin Re with award for speed

Awards were presented to the winners at the conclusion of the races in the categories of speed, progress journal, craftsmanship and engineering.

The winners are:

Speed: 1st Place – Aqua Cart 2.0, Piscataway High School 2nd Place –  MK2, Morris Knolls High School 3rd Place – MK1, Morris Knolls High School

Progress Journal: 1st Place – Kit 2, Kittatinny Regional High School 2nd Place – Plain & Simple, Union County Magnet High School 3rd Place – Accelerator, High Point Regional High School

Craftsmanship: 1st Place – Aqua Cart 2.0, Piscataway High School 2nd Place – Accelerator, High Point Regional High School 3rd Place – Sparkly, Sparkly Rainbows, Union County Magnet High School

Engineering: 1st Place – Accelerator, High Point Regional High School 2nd Place – Sparkly, Sparkly Rainbows, Union County Magnet High School 3rd Place – Kit 2, Kittatinny Regional High School

Visit TransOptions.org to learn more about their free Environmental Education programs.  To participate in next year’s Challenge, contact Kristen Tomasicchio at 973.267.7600 or ktomasicchio at [email protected] or   mailto:[email protected].

What is Trans Options? Here is what they say:

We deliver programs and services that improve mobility, the environment and overall quality of life in northwestern New Jersey.TransOptions

TransOptions provides commute options such as carpooling, vanpooling, mass transit, biking and walking.

We’re not only the experts on finding unique transportation options that work for you, but also advocates for a safer and more sustainable future. TransOptions offers a variety of programs for employers and employees, safety programs for bicyclists, pedestrians and teen drivers, and programs in environmental education and sustainability.

TransOptions is one of eight Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) in New Jersey. The TMAs are tasked with implementing strategies and programs that address traffic congestion, economic development, air quality, and livability issues.

Each TMA is responsible for a designated service area, with TransOptions being responsible for the northwestern quadrant of the state. This area encompasses all of Morris, Warren and Sussex counties, as well as suburban Essex, Passaic and Union counties.

The student in the first and fourth photo is Kevin Re, a senior from Morris Knolls H.S. and his model car– the MK1. In the first image Kevin is showing the MK1 to Madison H.S. physics teacher Carole Rawding. Morris Knolls senior Charles “Chaz” Mizelle finished in second place for speed with the MK2.