BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (JANUARY 13, 2022): Bridgewater Commons, the more than 1.2 million square foot shopping, dining and entertainment destination located in Somerset County, announced today it has become the temporary home for Bound Brook High School Robotics – Team 56. Comprised of 37 students, the team, also known as R.O.B.B.E. (Robotics of Bound Brook Ethicon), recently lost the use of its headquarters due to move by its corporate sponsor and will now prepare for its 2022 competitive season at Bridgewater Commons.
Located in a 3,000 square foot space on the center’s Lower Level near Macy’s, R.O.B.B.E. will make use of the space through May 2022 not only to design, build, test and practice to compete in upcoming FIRST® Robotics Competitions, but make it its home base to work on operational and promotional aspects of the team such as financial planning, branding and marketing along with community outreach initiatives designed to encourage students like themselves to pursue S.T.E.M.-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.
“With more than 25 successful years of exciting their students to become involved in S.T.E.M., Bridgewater Commons is thrilled to support R.O.B.B.E., not only during its robot build in its new workshop here at the center, but offer a location for these students to showcase their hard work, host educational events and inspire others to embrace science,” said Marketing Director Tom Kovacic.
“I’ve seen firsthand the impact our robotics team has had on the school, the community and on our student body in general. Developing this partnership with Bridgewater Commons is another way that Team 56 will be able to extend our community outreach, develop new opportunities to interact with the public and increase the collective understanding of S.T.E.M,” said Bound Brook High School Teacher Lauren Kowalczyk, R.O.B.B.E. Assistant Program and Team Advisor.
“Being able to build our robot at Bridgewater Commons is one of the coolest things about this school year as we are able to interact much more with our community,” said Team 56 President Shane Cruz.
“We are now able to not only build in public view but will also host interactive events for our community, as well. I couldn’t be more excited and I think this will be our team’s best year yet!”
As its 2022 competitive season begins, R.O.B.B.E. will also hold family-friendly, community outreach events and hands-on workshops at Bridgewater Commons. Please visit www.bridgewatercommons.com/happenings/ for an updated schedule of happenings.
For more information including a full Bridgewater Commons’ retailer directory, operating hours, driving directions, special event listings and more, please visit www.bridgewatercommons.com.