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SECAUCUS, NJ (April 25, 2013) –  Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ) received first place among 27 high school teams across New Jersey for their innovative design and engineering of a “green” robotic device in the Panasonic Creative Design Challenge (CDC) held yesterday on the campus of NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology). Chatham High School placed second in the competition while Newark Academy (Livingston) placed third and received the Rookie Award, for schools that have three years or less of participation in the competition.


The theme of this year’s challenge entitled, “Creating a Green Future”, required student teams to design and construct a “Green Machine”, an environmentally friendly robotic device, capable of maneuvering through an obstacle platform without the use  of battery or electric power and performing sustainable tasks associated with making a city more environmentally sound; including traveling in an “off-the-grid” fashion; closing a water valve to conserve water, spinning a wind turbine as source of alternative energy; planting trees to offset a carbon footprint; installing a solar panel as a form alternative energy; turning off lights to conserve energy and recycling garbage in a town. In an effort to increase awareness about the eco-friendly strategies implemented today, this year’s competition was related to the ever present issue of global warming and the movement to “go green.”


During the final challenge, teams demonstrated their “green” robotic devices in three 5- minute trials completing as many tasks as possible in the shortest amount time. Overall, teams were judged based on the quality of performance, engineering log books, written report, and oral presentations.  All 27 teams competing in the finals had already completed the preliminary competition in which 38 New Jersey high schools competed for chance in the finals.


“Every school here has come up with a different idea of what the world of technology looks like,” said Joseph M. Taylor, Chairman & CEO, Panasonic Corporation of North America. “We are excited about the engineering and problem solving skills each team of students has exhibited with the innovative design of their robotic devices. I want to congratulate all the students for their remarkable work and hope this competition will inspire you to continue to develop these skills and possibly pursue a career in engineering.”


More than $42,000 was awarded in individual scholarships and prizes to the top three schools. The championship students from Delbarton School were each awarded $5,000. Chatham High School team students each received $4,000 in scholarships and Newark Academy team students each received $3,000 for third place and $2,000 each for the Rookie Award. Other schools were awarded prizes from Panasonic for best performance, best documentation, best oral presentation, and most unique design.


In 1991, Panasonic introduced the Creative Design Challenge, a premier science and technology competition for NJ high school students and co-sponsored by NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology). The challenge requires teams to apply a wide range of mathematical, mechanical, and electrical engineering skills to be successful in the competition. 



About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and solutions to meet consumer, business and industrial needs. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation, and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is committed to becoming the electronics industry's leader in green innovation by its one-hundredth anniversary in 2018. In the 2012 Interbrand Annual Best Global Green Brands ranking, the Panasonic brand jumped four spots to number six: http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Green-Brands/2012-Report.aspx
As part of its continuing efforts to achieve sustainability, this year, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to the Newark Penn Station mass transit hub in Newark, NJ.  Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas/.  Information about Panasonic and its products is available atwww.panasonic.com. Follow Panasonic on Twitter @panasonicUSA; additional company information for journalists is also available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.



About NJIT

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls more than 9,558 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2011 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Office of Continuing Professional Education.




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