NJ Students Triumph at the 2014 Robotics World Championship

Credits: Storming Robots
Credits: Storming Robots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Storming Robots Technology Learning Center proudly announces that its students, representing the United States, won the World Title in the recent 2014 RoboCupJunior International Championship competition in João Pessoa, Brazil from July 19 through 25. Our NJ techno-wizards performed brilliantly against an intensely competitive field of teams from countries around the globe including China, Japan, and Germany.

In the Rescue/ Primary League competition, the Storming Robots’ Team BEing won First Place in the Super Team World Championship, along with Team Uruguay.  Team BEing is composed of Ethan Wu (gr. 6), from Bridgewater MS, and Joseph Chen (gr. 9) from Montgomery HS.  Reflecting on the challenges of the competition, Ethan said, “One of our core sensors malfunctioned, and we had to create solutions under great pressure within less than an hour! It was fun though.” 

For the Rescue-Maze/ Secondary League competition, the Storming Robots’ Team SR-chitects won 5th place in the Individual Team World Championship! Members are Salil Pathare (gr. 10), Michael Xie (gr. 10), both from Bridgewater HS, and Ashley Yang (gr. 9), from Ridge HS.  “This competition seemed particularly intense,” said Salil, “Most upper teams’ scores were close!”

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All of the challenges at the World RoboCupJunior competition require students to delve deeply into their expertise in robotics programming (with college level AI-algorithm), as well as their algorithmic thinking skills.   “The fact that these young folks possess the capacity to accomplish this is truly remarkable,” said Storming Robots Director, Elizabeth Mabrey.

This particular competition stands apart from other robotics events held in the United States since the World Tournament takes place in conjunction with world renowned RoboCup.  All challenges require 100% full autonomy. The event is attended by hundreds of research scientists and engineers from around the world. The opportunity to interface with researchers and to watch their amazing robotics apparatuses in action truly sparks inspiration and interest in engineering among these children.

Storming Robots is the sole year-round robotics institution focused on grade school students.  Located in Branchburg, Storming Robots holds an impressive achievement track record. Since 2005, Storming Robots has demonstrated its success in strengthening the engineering minds of today’s youth. Learn more about these teams’ robotics invention, visit http://teams.stormingrobots.com

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