Go ahead, make my day: Morristown High students shine on NJ Makers Day

Morristown High students show off their creations at the first NJ Makers Day. Photo courtesy of Jack Rizzo
Morristown High students show off their creations at the first NJ Makers Day. Photo courtesy of Jack Rizzo
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Morristown High students show off their creations at the first NJ Makers Day. Photo courtesy of Jack Rizzo
Morristown High students show off their creations at the first NJ Makers Day. Photo courtesy of Jack Rizzo
MHS student Nicole Franco demonstrates a robot to young visitors to NJ Makers Day, at the Morris Museum. Photo courtesy of Jack Rizzo
MHS student Nicole Franco demonstrates a robot to young visitors to NJ Makers Day, at the Morris Museum. Photo courtesy of Jack Rizzo

Critics of the U.S. say we don’t make things anymore. But Morristown High School students set out to prove the critics wrong last weekend, at the first annual NJ Makers Day.

Members of the The Technology Student Association showed off their 3D-printed games, toys, models and a robot,  at the Morris Museum in Morris Township.  Similar demonstrations were held across the Garden State.

The goal of NJ Makers Day, according to its website:

To enhance community engagement and develop connections among New Jersey residents by collaborating with multi-type libraries, museums, small businesses and others to promote and explore new opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation and hands-on learning experiences.

Representing MHS were Nicole Franco, Helen Burgess, Nick Moy, Aaron Morales, Jack Hoeg and Christian Votapeck.   Their faculty adviser is Jack Rizzo, who teaches computer-aided design.

The idea for the day stemmed from Make Magazine, which sponsors Maker Faires around the world, Rizzo said.

Invention on display at the Morris Museum for NJ Makers Day. Photo courtesy of Jack Rizzo
Invention on display at the Morris Museum for NJ Makers Day. Photo courtesy of Jack Rizzo
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