Students at House of Hope in Haiti wear Robbinsville High School Nemesis robotics team hats and shirts while doing engineering activities.

Robbinsville High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 2590 Nemesis went global.

Sponsoring a fun and exciting engineering experience in Haiti over the holidays, Nemesis shared it love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) with the House of Hope Orphanage, thanks to one of its own.

Nemesis alumna Jolia Thadal, currently studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology, joined the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists on a mission trip she co-organized to the House of Hope. The orphanage cares for more than 70 orphaned and abandoned children while also operating a K-13th grade school program where all expenses are covered by public donations.

On behalf of Nemesis, Thadal hosted an engineering camp modeled after Discovery Day, a camp held annually at Robbinsville High School where children learn about the engineering design cycle through open-ended challenges. Nemesis, the technology sponsor of the trip, supplied the resources and training needed to engage 43 children from both the orphanage and surrounding areas. Through the camp, entitled “Discover Engineering: Let’s Build and Be Creative,” Haitian children were exposed to basic engineering principles in a fun and collaborative environment. Utilizing their creativity and problem solving skills, the campers worked in small teams to address engineering challenges.

The children treasured their experiences, as well as the T-shirts, hats and goody bags that Nemesis provided.