Distinguished Teacher Award...

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, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars.

Each 2019 Presidential Scholar is asked to name a teacher that has been the most influential in his/her learning journey. This year, SR student Sonia Purohit has received the 2019 Presidential Scholar award and has named founder and director of Storming Robots, Elizabeth Mabrey, to be the one most influential educator in her learning journey.

View the complete list of 2019 Distinguished Teachers here.

View the front page article of the June 2019 Branchburg newspaper.

College Acceptances since 2009

The following list includes only the students who have attended SR for at least three high school years.  Majority of these students have attended SR since their 5th or 6th grades until 11th or 12th grades.

  • California Institute of Technology (1)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (3)
  • Columbia University (1)
  • Cornell University (2) (one with substantial scholarship)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (2)
  • Harvard University (1) 2 acceptance
  • Johns Hopkins University (2)
  • Lehigh University (2)
  • Massachusetts Institution of Technology (1)
  • New York University - Honors College(1)
  • McGill University (1)
  • NorthWestern University
  • Princeton University (1)
  • Purdue University (1)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution (2)
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers University - Honors College
    (4 with Full Ride Scholarship) (6)
  • Stanford University (1)
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
    (with Full Tuition Scholarship) (1)
  • University of California at Berkeley (2)
  • United States Coast Guard Academy (1)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1)
  • University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (2)
  • University of Pennsylvania (2)
  • University of Pittsburgh (2)(one with Full Ride Scholarship)
  • University of Rochester (1)
  • University of Texas at Austin (2)
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Utah (1)
  • University of Waterloo (1)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institution (1)(with Substantial Scholarship)


Besides being Roboclub members, some of them received the opportunity to build their leadership skills through competition team mentorship, technical instructors or assistants at Storming Robots. Majority have proven themselves equipped with substantial technical skills to gain competitive edge in high school and college internship. - see our students-maker engineering portfolio page.

New Jersey Governor School Engineering

NJ Governor School of Engineering offers weeks of advanced education and opportunity to work on research projects to rising HS seniors at no cost to their families. With less than 25% acceptance rate, there were about 70 students accepted in the summer of 2019. Three of them are long term SR students; all of them have been attending SR since their 6th/7th grades.

2019 NJ School of Engineering.

2019 Gov School of Engineering
Four long term SR students, Alex Zhang, Ethan Wu, Jalen Patel, and Mayur Sharma have attended Storming Robots since their 6th/7th grades. All were admitted into the highly competitive 2019 NJ Governor School of Engineering.

2018 NJ School of Engineering.

Storming Robots student Daniel Tang at 2018 NJ GSET

Past SR students entered NJ Governor School:
  • Mehal Kashyap, Sonia Purohit, and Daniel Tang (2018) (Engineering)
  • Luke Dai (2016) (Engineering)
  • Michael Xie and Eric Ward, and Rao Pradyumna (2015) (Engineering)
  • Avery Katko (2011).
  • Gawain Lau (2008) (Science).

View the archieved research presentation work by NJ Governor School of Engineering Students

Our Alumni Gain Competitive Edge in College!

Andrew Amerman - 2018: Speerheaded to software engineering group in Lockheed Martin.  Read more ...
He quickly received multiple internship offers at his Freshmen year. At Sophomore year, he speerheaded to work for Lockheed Martin at a school year internship as well. During his application to the Lockheed Martin, Andrew wrote us, "..I couldn't believe how closely it related to my role and experiences at SR...". Andrew attended Storming Robots from his 5th to 12th grade.
Salil Pathare - 2016: Got Internship from Cisco/Core Development Group at Freshman year.  Read more ...

Just 2 months after entering his Freshman year at UT Austin, Salili received a summer internship offer from Cisco to join its Core Software Group. Salil attended Storming Robots from his 3rd to 12th grade. He also held instructor position at SR during his high school years.
Nikhil Shah - 2015: Accepted in school engineering team at 1st term of Freshman year.
 Read more ...

That opportunity is very competitive, and acceptance of freshman is not common. Nikhil reported to us that interviewer primarily were interested in his projects experiences at SR; but nothing about his academic grades. He attended Storming Robots from his 5th to 12th grade. He also held instructor position at SR during his high school years. Here is an email which Nikhil talked about his experience at SR at his graduation.
John Van Blarcum - 2015: Received additional scholarship.  Read more ...

Many students at SR know him by the nickname Morgan. Morgan began attending WPI in 2014, was awarded a $15,000 scholarship during his Sophomore year. That is an annual Grant typically awarded to mechanical engineering Junior or Senior students only. We received a warm note from him and his parent. Morgan attended SR starting from his 5th grade, and held instructor positions at SR during his high school year.

Students travel Distance Statistics

Storming Robots serves students in Branchburg and many surrounding communities. Kids and parents love Storming Robots so much, they are willing to travel significant distances to take part in our programs. Students volume has grown from two in December 2005 to 270+ in December 2017. Many have made the trip to SR annually. In Fall 2017, 4% of these students traveled significant distances (over 50 miles) to participate in our weekly programs. Take a look!
Distance Traveled to SR Pie Chart

More news from graduating students...

College Entrance for the Fall of 2019:
  • Daniel Tang : New York University
  • Neelay Trivedi - Stanford Univeristy.   Sharing the email from Neelay...
  • Mehal Kashyap : Carnegie Mellon University   Sharing the email from Mehal...
  • Prateek Humane : McGill University
  • Sonia Purohit : Massachusetts of Institute of Technology
  • Sunny Cheng : Rutgers University - Honors College
All are long time SR's students from their 5th/6th to 11th/12th grades. They all will study in an enginering discipline, along with either major or minor in Computer Science.

Feedback From Parents

  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 Univeristy in the Fall of 2019.
  .... 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.
  .... Joseph has been accepted by Princeton University....Over 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 Luo, Joseph's mother. Joseph attended SR starting at his 5th grade.

Here is a heart-warming letter from Joseph -- Dec-13-2017.

  ...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.

Prior to 2017  

  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 Jin, 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.

Prior to 2015  

  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.
  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.
  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.
Storming Robots Technology Field Trip 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.

Prior to 2010  

  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.