Monday: start your own robotics team

Monday: start your own robotics team

As many are aware, I’m a coach on the Newton LigerBots, the high school-level FIRST robotics team here in the city.  On Monday we’ll be hosting our annual information night for parents interested in starting FIRST Lego League (FLL) and Junior FLL Robotics...

Newton North alumni graduates West Point

When West Point graduated it’s most diverse class ever, among those tossing their hats in the air was Noah Carlen, the only Newton North graduate of his year to attend a service academy and, according to the Times of Israel, among a small group of Jewish...

Newton North Senior becomes famous for opening email

I present the video that a student took of herself opening the acceptances (all sent digitally) to the 20 (!) schools she applied to. This video has earned her some major YouTube cred and also landed her in the Washington Post in a piece titled “High schoolers are inviting thousands of strangers to watch as they get into college — and get rejected”.

These videos are somewhat of a “thing” on YouTube, with some amassing more than a million views. Nina Wang, the Newton North student (who, I hear, is headed to MIT) has more than 700,000 views as of this writing. 

Of course, she warns “don’t compare yourself to me, as the college process is stupid and unpredictable as f*ck.”

For the record, she got into 8 schools, waitlisted at 4 and rejected from 8. 


Protected lanes would never work in Newton!

Who would want to be out in this cold and wet? Why should we build infrastructure for people to bike, run, walk, or do anything but drive?  Oh… yeah… this is why.  In writing about Heartbreak Hill and the current push for marathon training, the Boston...

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