|“I work like a slave but love what I do.”|
What I Learned Talking With
Elizabeth has a personality that won’t stop. She was passionate and energetic from the very first part of our conversation. She talked quickly and her enthusiasm just jumped out at me.
Working for corporate
The school year program breaks into three terms, each running for three months. The tuition per term is $330 which allows each student to come to the Storming Robots facility on Route 22 West in Branchburg for two hour sessions once a week.
While at Storming Robots the kids work both solo as well as with teams on robot development projects that they select. Some of the examples I saw while there were amazing. Teams from
There are five staff members helping
When we talked about the level of interest and the turn over among students at Storming Robotics Elizabeth indicated that 99% of the kids really want to be there. Parental pressure to have them attend just isn’t needed. Storming Robotics becomes like a second home to the students. The students have even started publishing their own newspaper three times a year to highlight the experiences and accomplishments of the students. As
During the summer Elizabeth and her team (her husband, ex with Microsoft, also works in the business) run Storming Robots summer camps that provide a great way for new families to get first hand experience with
To quote Elizabeth’s web site: “All summer programs focus on problem solving, analysis, the delivery of true robotics experience and engineering, from mechanical building to automation with robotic programming. All hands-on projects are exercised with an engineering process. Projects involve mathematical applications and problem solving, not just "how to calculate", but also "how to apply" under various scenarios in fun but challenging ways.
Complexity of tasks given to each participant is only limited to what each individual is capable of. For example, a 6th grader may be given complex tasks usually given to a 10th grader; but, if and only if, he/she demonstrates his/her ability to take on the challenge.”
To learn more visit www.stormingrobots.com. If you have young school age kids in your life you should check it out. This is a real resource.
Editor's Note: This past weekend the teams had a very successful competition. Three of the competitive teams won to advance to next round. The high school team of five, has just won its way to International Space Station Final. The next step is to have their program run in space on ISS and an astronaut will be their referee. How cool is that!
http://www.zerorobotics.org/web/zero-robotics/finalists2011?tournamentId=1 (We are the defending champion).
Then, at another lower grade competitions, two of the rookie teams advanced from FIRST LEGO League Robotics Regional to State Tournament. One group consists of three very sharp 3rd graders, while another group consists of five 5th & 6th graders.