GILLETTE, NJ - The St. Vincent de Paul Lego Robotics Club finished its season with a third place win in the robot game at the Bridgewater First Lego League Tournament on November 23rd. Twenty-two teams competed in the NJ Qualifying Tournament.

This year’s theme was "Nature's Fury.” Students from grades 5 through 8 programmed a Lego robot to perform various missions related to this theme, including transport Lego water bottles from one point to another, remove Lego branches without touching wires and reuniting a Lego family.

 As part of the project, the team researched hurricanes in more detail. Ken Fullagar, director of Long Hill Township Emergency Management and Skip Bell, former fire chief from Watchung, presented their experiences during Super Storm Sandy. Based on their research and presentations, the students created a movie, “Stronger than the Storm,” to help people prepare for another storm or general power outage.

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On Friday, the team organized a school assembly dedicated to the victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. “All the work of the Lego Robotics Team as a whole is to be commended and the video will serve as a reminder of the power of teamwork,” said JP Crescenzo, principal of St. Vincent de Paul School.

St. Vincent de Paul School is a Catholic elementary school committed to developing each student spiritually, academically and morally. The school is a 2012 National Blue Ribbon Award winner for excellence in education.