LRC FLL “Trash Trek” Field Trip


Visiting a garbage recycling plant seems to be an unusual field trip designation to many, but on 10/19/2015, six out of ten FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams from Livingston Robotics Club (LRC) took such tour of a recycling plant in preparation for the 2015 “Trash Trek” research challenge.

Each year, as part of the FLL competition, there is a different global challenge theme for children ages 9 to 14 to conduct a real-world research on identifies a problem in the community and finding an innovative solution to improve upon a current solution or situation. This year’s challenge is about solid waste management such as recycle, compost, electronics and hazardous waste management, etc.

With the help of Livingston Recycling & Reclamation (R&R) Committee, on a  beautify Saturday morning on September 19, LRC members visited Giordano Company in Newark, NJ, which accepts co-mingled and dual stream recyclable materials from surrounding towns including LRC’s home town of Livingston.

Approximately 20 elementary and middle school age team members plus their adult coaches got a firsthand look at how our trash is being recycled, from collection to shipment.

After an informative introduction at the plant’s weighing shed, Ms. Tiffanie Nyzio of Giordano Company provided reflective jackets for everyone before starting the tour at the sorting facility.

Each Spongebot_2_091915day, recyclables were collected throughout the nearby towns and disposed at the recycling plant’s intake conveyor. Materials are then sorted along the sorting line into many categories, separate out paper/cardboard, metals, glass and plastic.

Team Spongebot immediately noticed: “The plant takes great care to ensure the cleanliness and thorough sorting of the paper, glass, plastics, and metal that pass through. However, we were all very surprised bRobodevils_1_091915y the amount of hard work required of the human sorters that must separate the items as they travel down the line”.

Upon seeing this massive operation, team Robodevils praised Livingston’s recycle collection practice: “It is fortunate that Livingston Township has a waste collection program where the comingled (plastic and metal) are separated from paper and cardboard. This actually helps the trash to be sorted much easily than towns where all recycles trash are mixed and collected together”.

Once the trash was sorted, a machine then compresses each similar type of materials into bales. Each bale weights around 2,000 lb, which are then loaded on to trucks and send to the end customers that include both domestic and foreign buyers. Paper and cardboard are typically exported to India and China, while plastic and metals are sent within the United States.Spongebot_1_091915

After the 1-hour long tour, team Teknado from Florham Park reflected: “Our trip to the recycling plant was a wonderful learning experience for us. To see what happens when our garbage leaves our homes is truly amazing.” Coach Allissa Getts who grew up in Livingston added: “The kids were engaged during the tour and I think they all came out of the plant with new knowledge”.

Coach Sandra Bohrer also reflected: “The management at the plant went above and beyond to make this tour a great experience for our students. Team Robobuilders had an amazing time and learned so much about recycling. The students will use their knowledge gained from this experience to help them with their presentations for the First Lego League Competition”.

Besides conducting the research on waste management, the FLL teams are also busy building and programming their Mindstorms robots to perform a series of missions related to the challenge theme.  Livingston Robotics Club provides a series of expert speakers and field trips for teams within the club to maximize the learning opportunity.

The FLL competitions for north Jersey qualifiers will be held on November 21, 2015 at various locations throughout the State. All events are free and open to public.


Landroids FLL Table


In 2008, team Landroids created a light-weight, sectional, portable FIRST LEGO League table. The build instructions were shared with all FLL enthusiasts. The table design employed the Ikea furniture concept so that it can be easily taken apart for storage or transport.

Since then, many Landroids FLL tables were replicated around the world, despite that it needs some more advance wood working skills and tools. This design has endured over the years, survived many repeating assembling and disassembling. Today, there are still three Landroids FLL tables being used in the Livingston Robotics Club clubhouse.

Even after team Landroids retired in June 2014, after 7 years competed in FIRST, this Landroids FLL table is still being sought out by people from time to time.

Unfortunately, the Landroids website has been discontinued in 2015, many valuable documents have since been lost. Therefore, we are posting the Landroids_FLL_Table  build instructions here at our Livingston Robotics Club site.

If you need an old Landroids document, please contact or post a request on Landroids Facebook, we will do our best to dig through the archives.

Happy building!


LRC Jr FIRST LEGO League Expo 2015

30 Jr FIRST LEGO League (Jr FLL) Teams will be presenting their “Think Tank” research and LEGO models at the 6th annual Livingston Robotics Club (LRC) outdoor carnival style Expo. This event is free and open to public.

When: Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM, rain or shine

Where: At the Livingston Oval (1 Civic Center Road, Livingston, NJ). Look for a 100′ x 40′ white tent at the intersection of Civic Center Road and South Livingston Ave, across from the Library.

Rain: In case of rain, this event will be moved to Livingston High School Cafeteria (30 Robert H Harp Dr, Livingston, NJ). Check our website for weather related notification.

Enrichment Activities:

  • 3D Printer Village (DIY 3D printers built by students, try your luck to win a raffle drawing for various 3D printed creations. The exhibiting printers including: Kossel Mini, Prusa i3, Ultimaker Original, and TETRIX printer)
  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robot demonstration – Spongebots (LRC Jr FLL Expo host team)
  • FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robot demonstration – Exit 5 Robotics #8530
  • Youth Appreciation Week Family Fun Day Carnival (schedule)

Oval will be closed to vehicular traffic. please park your car and unload at the designated parking lots:

Event Sponsors (since 2009): St. Barnabas Medical Center, HCHY of Livingston

Team Registration Fee: $45 per team (Registration is closed)

Attending Teams:

89 Lego Blasters, Skillman, NJ
467 Fun Exploers, Secaucus, NJ
634 Robocrafters, Livingston, NJ
844 Science Crusher, Secaucus
1505 Smartbots, Tenafly, NJ
1678 Thin Midknight Mini’s, Plansboro, NJ
1976 RoboBlast, Plainsboror, NJ
2163 American Engineers Blue Team, Laurel Springs, NJ
2171 Lego Crafters, Montclair, NJ
2505 Shark Tank, Secaucus, NJ

2530 Curious Bots, Glenrock, NJ
2878 Avenger, Glen Ridge, NJ
3014 The Electrons, Livingston, NJ
3103 Pratt Lego Geeks, West Chester, PA
3105 Lego Crushers, Elmwood Park, NJ
3144 Atlantis, West Windsor, NJ
3160 Lego Super Starz, Parsippany, NJ
3305 Gifted 1, Livingston, NJ
3454 RoboRocks, Livingston, NJ
3657 LegoBot Builders, Edison, NJ

3722 Gifted 2, Livingston, NJ
3723 Gifted 3, Livingston, NJ
3724 Gifted 4, Livingston, NJ
3725 TBD, Short Hills, NJ
3767 Lego Crushers, Princeton, NJ
3930 Nijabots, Livingston, NJ
3931 Cyberbots, Livingston, NJ
3941 Fastest Lego Builders
3957 RoboStorms, Livingston, NJ
3889 Robotics Thunder, Parsippany, NJ

Past Event Photos:
2010 Smart Move
2011 Body Forward
2012 Snack Attack
2013 Super Senior
2014 Disaster Blaster


Shining Star Open House 2015

Livingston Robotics Club (LRC) is pleased to announce an open house for parents of children with learning differences to get involved in robotics! (Download Flyer)

This event will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 PM at the LRC Clubhouse located at: 290 West Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ.  This location is in the Eisenhower Corporate Complex, accessible from the first floor, south entrance.  Coaches of both the Junior FIRST LEGO League (ages 6-9, non-competitive) and FIRST LEGO League division (ages 9-14, competitive robotics) will provide information and answer questions.

RSVP by March 14, 2015 is required via email to

For more information, see LRC Shining Star Robotics.

2014 NJ FIRST LEGO League State Championship Results

2014 New Jersey FIRST LEGO League “World Class” State Championship results (December 13, 2014):

Awards Team # Team Name Organization Town, NJ
Champion’s Award #1 (416 pts) 5991 Midknight Minions Too West Windsor Plainsboro High School North West Windsor
Champion’s Award #2 4527 Galaxy 5 neighborhood team North Brunswick
Champion’s Award #2 4618 Cyberhawks Holdrum Middle School River Vale
Robot Mechanical Design #1 1351 Spark neighborhood team South Plainfield
Robot Mechanical Design #2 2228 Exit 5A Robotics Livingston Robotics Club Livingston
Robot Programming #1 9345 CMS Automatons Red Community Middle School Plainsboro
Robot Programming #2 6963 Spongebots Livingston Robotics Club Livingston
Robot Strategy & Innovation #1 4295 COLAbots Home School Flanders
Robot Strategy & Innovation #2 3830 Robostorms neighborhood team Glen Rock
Robot Performance #1 (509 pts) 958 Robo Rockets neighborhood team South Plainfield
Robot Performance #2 (492 pts) 4321 NXTGeN-i neighborhood team Plainsboro
Project Research #1 5237 Ibot Builders Youth Organization Holmdel
Project Research #2 4321 NXTGeN-i neighborhood team Sourh Plainfield
Project Innovative Solution #1 6300 MS 4 Wizards #4 Middole School Jersey City
Project Innovative Solution #2 3043 Techineers neighborhood team West Windsor
Project Presentation #1 6598 RB Robotics-Lions Rev. George A Brown Middle School Sparta
Project Presentation #2 8369 Fellowship of Brick Holy Trinity Interparochial School Westfield
Core Values Inspiration #1 4343 Endeavor neighborhood team Basking Ridge
Core Values Inspiration #2 8360 LAF11-Chan Youth Organization Chatham
Core Values Teamwork #1 2801 BF Brickheads Benjamin Franklin Middle School Ridgewood
Core Values Teamwork #2 14052 Marlboro robots neighborhood team Morganville
CV Gracious Professionalism #1 3607 CoBots Montclair Cooperative Middle School Montlair
CV Gracious Professionalism #2 1277 Montvale Machines neighborhood team Montville
Judges Award 4207 Legotechs Woodcliff Middle School Woodcliff Lake
Judges Award 2952 Menlo Wizards neighborhood team Edison
Judges Award 5076 Montclair Clankers neighborhood team Montclair
Judges Award 3784 Mechanical Mustangs Woodrow Wilson Middle School Clifton
Volunteer of the Year Evelyn Lavin  Mt. Olive Robotics Mt. Olive

Moonbots Exhibit @ Sept 19th Liberty Science Center’s September Members Night

The full Exit 5 Robotics FTC team member (FTC Team 8530) will be hosting an Moonbots Exhibit and FTC Demo at Liberty Science Center’s September Member night on Sept 19th starting at 530pm and ending 930pm.  The team will run their full Moonbots robot on their custom moon themed field and also demo their FTC robot.  Team members Tiffany, Alice, Stephanie, Virginia and Chloe entered the Google Moonbots competition and were one the 25 finalists selected worldwide.  The Moonbots competition was designed to help promote awareness of the Google Lunar XPrize competition.

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Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, New Jersey 07305

Space Exploration Themed Member’s Night at the Liberty Science Center

Cover PhotoMoonBots: A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge

MoonBots: A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge
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Exit 5A Robotics – Race the Police Robots @ Livingston Police Department’s National Night Out

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Our new Exit 5A Robotics team ran their first robot demonstration at Livingston’s National Night Out, sponsored by the LPD (Livingston Police Department).  Amidst the National Guard displays, armored vehicles exhibits, law enforcement demonstrations, helicopter landings, and emergency services outposts, the 5th and 6th graders of our newly minted Exit 5A team programmed their 5 robots ahead of time to navigate the race course.  The robots operated autonomously and were decorated with LPD stickers.  Over the course of three hours the team ran over a hundred races for participants.  Participants had their choice of operating either a remote controlled robot or a remote controlled toy police car.  It was a lot of fun for us to share experiences and preparations for competing in FIRST Lego League robotics competitions.  We had chances to share the fun of STEM, teach basic EV3 programming, and show some of the challenges of building robots.  We even were interviewed by LTV (Livingston TV)!

Exit 5 Robotics Wins Award at 2014 North American Open Championship


Exit 5 Robotics recently concluded their 2013/2014 FLL robotics competition season with the FLL NJ State Finals in March and the FLL NAOC (North American Open Championship) in May.  The NJ State Finals this year hosted a record 72 teams.  Against this tough field, the team walked out with two shiny pieces of hardware, a well deserved Champion’s Award (3rd Place) and a well earned Robot Performance Award (2nd Place).  The finish was enough to qualify them for the NAOC in LegoLand / Carlsbad, California, their third consecutive international finals competition.

The NAOC this year hosted 76 of the top teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and specially invited teams from South Korea.  In three days of intense but friendly competition, they tweaked their robot, practiced their project presentation and admittedly had some fun around LegoLand.  Against this stacked field of competitors, the Exit 5 Robotics team ended up being one of only thirteen teams with two or more judging callbacks.  As the last day of the competition closed, the results for all the teams were in.  Exit 5 Robotics received a piece of shiny hardware in the form of a Gracious Professionalism Award (2nd Place), an Honorable Mention – Research Project, Honorable Mention – Core Values, and placement in the top 40% of robot scores.  Congratulations to the Pithons from Scarsdale, CA and the Moovers from Kildeer, IL for their fantastic Champion’s Award 1st Place and Champion’s Award 2nd Place respectively.

Good Luck, Landroids!


LRC’ founding team, Landroids, has retired in June 2014 after 7 years! The team has captured many top national and international awards since 2007 by participate in various robotics and science competitions including FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Robotics Competition, eCYBERMISSION, MoonBots, Google Science Fair,  and Lemlson-MIT Invent team. This group of neighborhood kids started in 6th grade and now are off to colleges! Good Luck, Landroids!

Over the years, the Landroids members included:

Karlin Yeh (2007 – 2014) – Cooper Union, Mechanical Engineering
Gage Farestad (2007 – 2014) – Virginia Tech, BioPhysics
Brian Lee (2009 – 2014) – CalTech, Computer Science
Ivana Chu (2010 – 2014) – Rutgers (New Brunswick) Science
Stanley Cheung (2007 – 2013) – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Computer Science
Karina Yeh (2011 – 2014) – Livingston High School
Vijay Menon (2010 – 2013) – University of Leeds (UK), Pre-Med
Sam Yang (2010 – 2011) – Rutgers, Mechanical Engineering
Jeffrey Dong (2007 – 2010) Bucknell, Management
Gregory Voung (2007 – 2009) Duke, Business
Zach Katz (2007 – 2008) Beijing International Studies University
Jonathan Cheng (2007) Rutgers

Young Roboticists Took an Excursion to Boston Area


On June 24, 2014, Livingston Robotics Club (LRC) organized a post-expo activity in Boston area as a follow up to the LRC Jr.FLL Expo  in Livingston which took place back in May.

This excursion was led by Spongebots, a FIRST LEGO League team of LRC. The participants were from The Electrons and Robotic Ninjas, Jr. FIRST LEGO League teams of LRC, and joined by Smartbots and Ultimate Tsunami, participating teams in the LRC Jr.FLL Expo.

The participants were 6-9 year olds who worked on science projects related natural disasters and built LEGO models with mechanical or robotic parts to demonstrate their findings as part of the Junior LEGO League  “Disaster Blaster” challenge.

In this excursion, the children were introduced to the actual workplaces to get hands on experiences on what happen before, during and after a natural disaster strikes in order to help them to connect their science projects to real-life examples.

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