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The Branchburg News • June 2012 • Page 7 Storming Robots Teams Win US Crowns,


Storming Robots student Sean Doran, a Branchburg sixth-grader at Immaculate Conception School, was among the big winners at the US Robo- CupJunior (RCJ) Tournament at Liberty Science Center on April 22.


Move Up To World Competition Gou, Michael Xie, Eric Ward) won in the RoboRescue B High School League.


Sean is a member of “The Epic Tacos,” one of three ro- botics teams from Branchburg- based Storming Robots that took first place in their leagues, and are now invited to compete in the RoboCup 2012 Wor1d Event in Mexico City, June 18- 24.


About winning the US tour- ney, Sean said, “It was fun and enjoyable, but exhausting, but it was worth it when we came in first place. We are honored to be invited to compete at the international tournament. It is pretty ironic (that we’re go- ing to Mexico) because our team name is The Epic Tacos!” Sean’s epic teammate is Vishnu NV Pathmanaban, a fifth-grad- er at Bridgewater Eisenhower Intermediate School.


More than 40 teams from throughout the U.S. competed at the event, with Storming Ro- bots’ teams placing first in three out of seven leagues. The Epic Tacos won in the RoboRescue A Primary League.


The Storming Robots team “The Dimensions,” with mem- bers from Bridgewater and Belle Mead (Sunny Aggarwal, Vadym Flushov, Luke Dai) won in the RoboSoccer Primary League. The Storming Robots team “SR-chitect,” with mem- bers from Warrenville, Bridge- water and Flemington (Andre


At the Mexico event, Storm- ing Robots teams will compete against highly skilled botmas- ters from Japan, China, Ger- many and all around the world. They will have opportunities to observe each other’s research and developments, from hu- manoid robot-soccer players to human-sized machines show- ing off artificial intelligence abilities.


Storming Robots founder and RoboClub advisor Elizabeth Mabrey of Readington said, “The RCJ Challenge demands high aptitude in abstract think- ing, especially in program- ming the robot’s intelligence to handle variable elements of the game. It allows students to refine project outcomes over time with more sophisticated algorithms, and hardware im- provement without performing similar routines every year.” Storming Robots teams won invitations to represent the Unit- ed States at the RoboCupJunior World Tournament from 2009 to 2012. A recent achieve- ment was its high school team winning a worldwide space robotics satellite automation competition, the Zero Robot- ics SPHERES Challenge, held by MIT and NASA. Storming Robots provides robotics/engi- neering education throughout the school year. During the summer, it also provides sum- mer robotics camp. Website: www.stormingrobots.com. Email for info: admin@storm- ingrobots.com


Summer Reading, Other Activities To Begin at


Branchburg Library


The 2012 Summer Reading Program at the Branchburg Li- brary starts Monday June 18. The theme for this year’s program is “Dream Big, READ!”


Children of all ages can partici- pate in the club by reading books or by being read to throughout the summer. Children keep track of the number of minutes read and visit the library to receive prizes based on their increasing accumulation of minutes. Individual reading logs are provided by the library and sum- maries are kept at the checkout desk in order to record readers’ minutes and the various prize levels received.


A recognition program for the participants is planned for Wednesday Aug. 29, the last day reading minutes can be accumu- lated. Readers can come in and enroll any time on June 18 or later.


Middle School Ice Hockey Team Completes Season – The Ville Middle School Team finished its second season in the BSA Middle School League with a 5-6-1 record. They earned a bye on the first round of playoffs before being eliminated from the championship game by Sum- mit. Best of luck to Curtis McGriskin, Daniel Stevenson, Tyler Hugo and Jeremy Grabiec who move up to high school next season. Anyone interested in playing on the Ville Middle School Team for the 2012-2013 season can contact Christine Bliss at blissfamily4@comcast.net or call 908-369-1258. Pictured, back row: Curtis McGriskin, Ryan McGriskin, Daniel Stevenson, Nicolas Petruolo, Tyler Hugo, Alex Ulilkowski, Jeremy Grabiec, Michael Bliss, Connor O’Neill. Front row: Zach Godon, Trevor Musum, Jack Ventolo, Jason Stitt, Alex Buckland, Da- kota Blain. –submitted by Mike Merchant


Also, on most Wednesdays throughout the summer, Story- time and a crafts program will continue to be held. A librar- ian from the Bridgewater library starts at 10:30 with 30 minutes of Storytime. After that, local library volunteers conduct a craft ses- sion. No registration is required for these activities.


The Branchburg Library, a member of the Somerset County Library System, is located in the Station House on Olive Street Neshanic Station and is support- ed by an all-volunteer staff. The summer hours are Monday and Thursday 6:30 – 8pm, Wednes- day 10:30-5pm and Saturday 10am-noon. The phone number is 908-369-5355.


– submitted by Lois Paleck


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