LIVINGSTON, NJ — Storming Robots Learning Lab in Branchburg recently announced that Livingston 10th grader Julian Lee—one of the core members of the “Team Polaris” robotics team—has advanced with his team to the World Robotics Competition in Sydney, Australia to compete against talented students from China, Japan, Germany, Singapore and beyond from July 2 to July 8.
Lee, a sophomore at The Pingry School, and his teammate, sophomore Jeffrey Cheng of Bridgewater, secured a first-place finish in the Rescue Maze Open League and will compete in RoboCup 2019’s pre-college league, RobocupJunior (RCJ), a world-renowned, AI-oriented tournament involving research to professional work.
Work required at all RCJ leagues, especially in Maze League, displays impressive engineering skills normally practiced in university and even professional level, according to Storming Robots.
RJC, which facilitates opportunity for pre-college students with robotics skills such as computer programming for automation, focuses on scaffolded environment where students can expand their knowledge within artificial intelligence realm without the high cost investment in the robot hardware and competition setup.
The “Team Polaris” duo has been with Storming Robots Learning Lab since third and fourth grade and has spent years receiving robotics, engineering and computer science education through its STEM program.
“We cannot emphasize enough that competition is simply one of the many means to motivate and excite students,” said Elizabeth Mabrey, director of Storming Robots and one of the 150 recipients of the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Distinguished Teachers Award. “In that context, winning is just a by-product of excellent preparation, execution, collaboration, and a dynamic knowledge base. To achieve those goals, we focus on self-discipline in the system engineering process, along with education and commitment.”
Storming Robots students, many of whom join during their elementary school years and continue until they leave for college, receive year-round robotics engineering and computer science education.
The program’s key philosophy is about “learning by doing” through programs that involve a higher order of thinking and are executed with engineering disciplines. Programs are heavily focused on full automation using computer programming with computational thinking
The photo above, courtesy of Storming Robots Learning Lab, features “Team Polaris” members Jeffrey Cheng (left), and Julian Lee (Right).