In 2019, the director of Storming Robots, Elizabeth Mabrey, was among one of the 160 educators who received the Distinguished Teachers Award from the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program.
SR student Sonia Purohit was one of the 161 high school graduates who received the Presidential Scholar Award - nation’s highest honors for high school graduates. Each Presidential Scholar was asked to name a teacher who has been the most influential in her learning journey. She has named Elizabeth to be the one most influential educator in her learning journey.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. This is the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Each year, about 160 students are named as Presidential Scholars across the nation.
(from the Texas Space Grant Consortium): NASA, Texas Space Grant Consortium, and the Center for Space Research at UT Austin Summer Intern Program is a nationally competitive STEM program for high school students. The program provides selected students with exposure to Earth and space research. Interns will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen area of work.
Unfortunately, the program was canceled due to Covid-19. Instead, Julian later received the surprise offer to remotely work for Naval Research Lab in Washington DC during the Spring and Summer of 2021 instead. The SEAP provides competitive research internships to approx. 300 selective high school students each year.
View competitions achievement here from 2009 to present.
Daniel Kolano, 11th grader from Hopewell Valley H.S., was awarded an offer of the 2016 STEM Enchancement in Earth Science (SEES) Summer Internship to work for NASA on a computer-vision system.
"... I would like to take a moment to thank you for your careful guidance, dedication, and education to each and every student at the Storming Robots. You have played a huge role in Deep's success all this time, and helped him develop his interest and passion for computer science. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart! - April, 2020 | Bhavani, Deep Patel's mother. Deep entered Carnegie Mellon University majoring in computer science in the Fall of 2020. Deep attended SR from his 5th to 11th grade. Email from Deep -- April-7-2020.
... Storming Robots has helped her develop computational and engineering skills along with inculcating value of mentorship and teamwork. -- June, 2019 | Vasuki, Mehal s father, and here is the full copy of the message. Mehal entered Carnegie Mellon University in the Fall of 2019.
Niku & I both want to “Thank you” for your guidance & support to Neelay throughout his Middle school & High School. -- Dec, 2018 | Dhruti Trivedi, Neelay's mother. Neelay entered Stanford University in the Fall of 2019 majoring in Computer Science and Computational Biology.
Storming Robot become part of Daniel's life in the past few years. I can't use the word to express my appreciation and thanks to you! Thank you for everything you have done for him! The teaching, coaching and most important is encouragement and providing the opportunities. He is so luck to have you and Storming Robot while he was growing up. --Dec, 2019 | Ping-ji, Daniel's mother. Daniel entered New York University in the Fall of 2019 majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
.... Steven is hired for the January – April 2019 semester (his sophomore year) to work at Databricks in San Francisco. He’s thrilled about the job, the high salary, the housing allowance,... He is still reaping the benefits of all the CS he learned from you. Thank you! -- Oct, 2018 | Sharon Lee, Steven's mother. Steven entered U. of Waterloo in the Fall of 2017 majoring in Computer Science.
.... Through all these years, Storming Robots center built a very solid foundation for Joseph's analytical skill and creative thinking, opened his eyes into the world of engineering and artificial intelligence. -- Dec-2017 | Jane Lou, Joseph's mother. Joseph entered Princeton University in the FAll of 2017 majoring Computer Engineering.
...you can be justifiably proud of all your students as they have gone through your classes and then graduated to good schools and careers. Through you, they not only get excited about engineering/CS/programming, but they also gain a solid foundation for their futures. -- 2017 | Sharon Lee, Steven's mother. Steven has been accepted into top universities, with some offering handsome scholarship as well. Steven attended SR starting at 5th grade.
We cannot thank you enough for providing a fun and challenging environment for Brady to grow his confidence and his intellect for all these years, starting from 2nd grade! I can honestly say that SR and the opportunities provided helped to shape the young man that he is today. We are thrilled to see him build on that strong foundation as he pursues the next chapter of his education. Brady benefited greatly from his time at SR. The extra curricular opportunity provided challenges he would not have received otherwise. As he heads off to college, he is well prepared for college level course work and fortunate to be in a position to have a choice between many great schools offering a total of $196,000+ of combined merit aid. A very exciting time for him. -- 2016 | Chris Bean, Brady's father. Brady attended SR starting at 3rd grade.
It is you and your school inspiring Luke's interest into Engineering starting at his 4th grade and deepened his passion into AI. SR is his second home. He got accepted in NJ governor school. It is not only his personal success, but also Storming Robots'. -- 2016 | Christine Jun, Luke's mother. Luke attended SR starting at 4th grade.
Sid will attend CalTech in the coming Fall. Sid progressed so much and we can't thank you enough for your guidance and the way you taught him perseverance and led path for life skills. -- 2016 | Laskhma Kurella, Sid's mother. Sid attended SR starting at 7th grade.
A shout out to your Storming Robots community as a measure of the success of Storming Robots and the invaluable impact it has on the lives of your students. -- 2015 | Karen VanBlarcum.
Daniel received a paid summer internship to work for NASA on the Asteroid 2020 mission. Thank you so much for all you have been teaching him! I'm sure you are an integral part of his success! -- 2015 | Laura Kolano, Daniel's mother.
Brady has earned a composite score of 36 in ACT. All of the years he has spent at Storming Robots has certainly had a hand in his high test scores and it has been the one place he has been continually challenged and stretched academically" -- 2015 | Beth Beans, Brady's mother.
Your program has been an integral piece of Morgan's education since 4th grade! He learned so much thru practical applications. It helped him stand out in college applications, and earned him great scholarships. -- 2013 | Karen Van Blarcum.
My two children really enjoy Algorithmic in C class. I am so happy to see them discussing their homework and come up with various algorithms in order to resolve the problems. Truly see them developing their computational thinking skill, not just programming. -- 2013 | Lada Lobas.
I can't rave enough about Storming Robots. My son has been going there for the past 6 years. Elizabeth motivates her students at a high level - take responsibility for their own learning, problem-solving and become THINKERS. In my opinion, they are the ethical standards she upholds. -- 2012 | Kristen Katko, Avery's mother. Avery attended SR starting at 4th grade.
Kevin now is doing a math internship at NJIT using the programming skills he learned from you. The professor complimented Kevin that he possesses programming skills superior to his other college interns…” -- 2011 | Patricia Fritz, Kevin's mother. Kevin was at his 11th grade.
Letter from the Shore Consortium Gifted and Talented Program organizer, Linda Krebs. Linda has organized annual school trips for G&T students from multiple schools districts to Storming Robots since 2010 for exploratory workshop.
Want to let you know how impressed I was with our teams' robots compared to the others'. The intensity of your program was directly reflected in the complexity of our robots. You should feel very proud with your clubs' accomplishments. Your robots rocked! -- 2009 | K. Van Blarcum.
My son was so excited and kept talking about the workshop on the way home. My daughter and her friend were completely comfortable. The big kids enjoyed their robot adventure. We were so pleased with the day and plan to highly recommend it to our friends. -- 2006| K. Moore.
I really did not know just how much he would learn. It is such a great way for kids to learn so many subjects, from physics to computer science, even writing. I was so pleasantly surprised with the quality of the curriculum you designed. -- 2006 | K. Katko.
Theo really liked the robocamp. The instructor was great, and the non robotic lessons in physics, engineering were really fantastic. Theo worked his brain. -- 2005 | Lisa Rabka.
I thought it was just programming, but I see all the math work involved, and even on his organization skill. My son learned things that not normally seen in grade school level. This is more than I have expected. -- 2005 | Homeschool parent.