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Page 8 • The Branchburg News • June 2012

One-of-a-Kind Robotics Engineering Program Aims to Inspire Girls

Branchburg-based robotics learning center Storming Robots will conduct a special robotics workshop tailored for girls. “Robotics Engineering Week Just for Girls!” runs June 25-29 and is a five-day program to en- gage and inspire girls in explor- ing the robotics engineering field. Being able to build and automate a robotic object to work as com- manded can be challenging, but also extremely rewarding and fun. Projects include a robotic flower, dog, dolphin, ballerina and more. Storming Robots founder Eliza- beth Mabrey of Readington ex- plains that engineering is the art of applying computational thinking skills and creativity in problem analysis in order to use in various technical applications. “Engineer- ing is very different from a pure science discipline. With engineer- ing, you put theory into action, making it come alive. Girls can definitely shine in the engineering field. We just need to find a right environment for them. Girls can easily be effective problem-solvers using math and algorithms, as well as being creative.”

Storming Robots has successful- ly led its students to meet various levels of engineering challenges, and has won robotics tournaments throughout the past six years. A recent achievement was its high school team winning a worldwide

space robotics satellite automa- tion competition, the Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge, held by MIT and NASA. Also, Storming Robots teams won invitations to represent the United States at the RoboCupJu- nior World Tournament in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Storming Robots provides robot- ics/engineering education throughout the school year. During the summer, it also provides summer robotics camp. Website: www.stormingro- Email for info: admin@

Car & Bike Show is June 9

The Branchburg Police PBA 397 is sponsoring its first annual car and bike show on Saturday, June 9, from 10 am to 3 pm at White Oak Park on Baird Road. Specta- tor admission is free, dunk-a-cop, prizes, trophies awarded in differ- ent categories. Pre-registration date for vehicles has passed, but day-of- show registration is $15. More info is available by emailing carshow@


Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) will hold his annual “Service Academy Information Fair” for Seventh Congressio- nal District high school students on Saturday, June 2, at Raritan Valley Community College’s conference center from noon to 2 p.m. Lance’s event allows interested students to meet di- rectly with academy officials to learn more about the admissions process.

Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy, the Air Force Acad- emy, the Merchant Marine Academy and the Coast Guard Academy are expected to par- ticipate. Additionally, represen- tatives from Lance’s congres- sional staff will be available to answer questions from students about the nominating process. To receive an appointment to a service academy, all students must first receive a nomination from their congressman, senator or the vice president of the U.S. Lance’s service academy fair is free and open to all Seventh District high school students. Students with questions should call Brad Myhre in the congress- man’s office at 908-788-6900.

Students to Learn How to Get into Service Academies

Marriage & Happiness By Dorothy Schleicher

I do not consider myself an expert on the subject, but I have been hap- pily married for 40 years. Where has all of that time gone? Two children and five grandchildren later, our family has many happy times to- gether and so many good memories. Spouses’ interests do not have to be the same for the marriage to sur- vive. My husband and I have differ- ent hobbies, but we do enjoy doing some things together, like antique shopping. “eHarmony” would have never matched us. We do agree on two important factors which are very important to a happy marriage. They are politics and religion. A couple is not going to see eye to eye on every- thing and every day will not be rosy. That would be asking for too much. How matters are handled makes all the difference in remaining friends. If your answer to “are you hap- pily married?” is yes, it means that you have remembered the vows you committed to on your wedding day. You have also worked very hard to make your marriage work. With our Lord God in your heart and in your life, you have been able to make it through the hard times and have been blessed with the good times. You are indeed fortunate.

If your answer is no, you have forgotten the vows you made on your wedding day. You have not been trying to keep your marriage

alive. You have forgotten that your spouse is still the same person you married. Time should not change the love that was in your heart on your wedding day. True love does not die. You must work to keep the love alive through the rough times and the happy times, each giving 100% to your marriage. It should all be give, not give and take. It should never be “I” or “me,” it should be “we.” Your life together will not always run smoothly. Dis- cussing matters will makes things more pleasant and easy to work out. Just because you have been married for a while, or a long time, does not mean that you should forget about the following (and some things you may think of that I am forgetting to mention):

Being nice • Being helpful • Giv- ing praise • Giving thanks • Hon- oring • Showing that you care • Saying, “I love you” often • Making your spouse happy to have married you • Raise your spouse up – do not put your spouse down • Your spouse should be the reason your life is worth living.

If you keep these things in mind, you too will honestly be able to say that you are happily married. Editor’s Note: We received this column from Dorothy a while back, and thought that June, the traditional month of weddings, would be a good time to print it.

Mother’s Tea at Children’s Garden – Over 30 moms at- tended the Children’s Garden of Learning annual Mother’s Day Tea in Neshanic

Station Village. Preschool students gave their moms flowers, made them necklac- es and served them snacks. It was a day for “mom and me” only, and generated lots of fun and special memories. –submitted by Sue Ferranti, director

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