Explore 2000 Middle School and Project Lead the Way

Explore 2000 Middle School was funded by the Verizon foundation for the 2015-16 school year to implement the Project Lead The Way curriculum for Design and Modeling. Throughout the school year, students explored their creative sides while working in a S.T.E.M. environment.

One of the projects that stood out was Aidan Gonzalez’s UFO assembly using the Autodesk Inventor application. This software allows students to create and design anything they can imagine. Aidan’s imagination led to the creation of a UFO, which he successfully designed utilizing this software. This software is advanced because of the knowledge required of the many tools in order to successfully manipulate objects within the program. Because of Aidan’s willingness to learn, he displayed mastery in specific tools, which allowed him to create what he envisioned.

Aidan added, “In Ms. Benito’s after school program, I learned many things about the process of Designing and Modeling. The Design Process is a series of steps in which each step contains a certain set of criteria to advance to the next step. During our project-based work sessions, we also designed actual products, one of them being a pegboard. Using the skills and technological knowledge from previous lessons, I came up with the idea for a UFO. I started exploring the various sculpting tools in the Autodesk Inventor program during this short period of time. I was able to continue working on the project with Ms. Benito in the after school program. After she examined the work I currently had on the file at that time, she said we would work on it together and make it the best it could be so it could soon be printed. With the help of Ms. Benito, and the advanced tools of the 3D application, I was able to create the UFO you see before you.”

Explore 2000 Middle School Students On the Ropes Course


On May 25, 2016, the Explore 2000 1st Year and  2nd Year students participated in the Ropes Course at Ring Homestead Camp in Middletown, NY. They supported and encouraged each other while having fun and overcoming their fears on the zip line, tightrope, trapeze and many other team-building activities.

First Year were grouped with their Second Year mentors as an opportunity to solidify and strengthen their bonds before welcoming the new group of 1st Years in September. This activity was made possible by the generosity of Linda Quentzel and the HCST Foundation.

The “Outdoor Ropes Confidence Course” is designed to challenge the students physically and mentally while building team spirit, collaborating, self-esteem, self-confidence and developing problem solving strategies.

The students reacted to the field experience: Jordan, a 1st Year student said, “I learned that if you put your mind to something, you can get it done!”
First Year student Jeremy reflected, “It was a good way to face fears and find adventure. We also got to practice teamwork skills.”
Jaylin, a 1st Year student, said, “It was liberating!” 
Second Year student Ariana stated, “It was a way to boost my confidence and get rid of my fears!”
Patrick, a 2nd Year student felt, “It helped to created a stronger bond between first and second year students.”
Finally, Second Year student Andrew explained, “It felt good to support and encourage my friends and classmates. It was also a lot of fun!”

Explore 2000 Middle School Hosts Festivus Maximus!!! Saturday, June 4th

(Jersey City, NJ) For almost two decades, Hudson County Schools of Technology’s Explore 2000 Middle School has celebrated the unity of the school and students’ achievements with an annual Spring Celebration.

Fortunate to now have its own learning facility, the Student/Parent Advisory Council has taken its annual celebration to a whole new level by introducing Explorefest 2016: Festivus Maximus!!!

Join the entire HCST Explore 2000 Family for a day of fun!!! Come happy, come hungry!

There will be a live DJ all day, Amazing Eric’s Magic Show at 2 PM…free to the public! Plus, community booths to serve you: Meet members of the Jersey City Fire Department, Hudson County Improvement Authority & TMA featuring information about Hudson County’s new public golf course, Skyway.

American BBQ Company will be grilling fresh corn, burgers and hot dogs from 1-4 PM. And a local favorite, Carmines Famous Brick Oven Pizza Truck will be vending pies all day!

Special Snack Visits from Mr. Softee and Cupcakes by Jeannie. Treat yourselves to Funnel Cakes, Popcorn, Italian Ices, Explore’s Iced Coffee Station and Chef Mario’s summer Lemonade!

Purchase your activity wrist bands from 1 PM-5 PM to Climb the Rock Wall if you dare! Bounce and compete in our Inflatable Rides, play life-sized Games, create with Spin Art…win prizes!

And don’t forget to get silly in Explore’s photo booth…Want to make a splash??? Volunteer to be dunked in our Dunk Tank.

Thanks to generous donations, there will be raffles from Goya, Wow-We Robo sapien, LG 32″ LED TV and much more…

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES still available, please visit: http://vols.pt/gpuiuz 

All proceeds support our Explore 2000 Student Project Fund.