LRC Teams Win Top Awards at 2015 North Jersey FLL State Championship

LRC FLL Teams at NJ State Championship 2015

LRC FLL Teams at NJ State Championship 2015

All five Livingston Robotics Club (LRC) teams that competed at the North Jersey FIRST LEGO League (FLL) State Championship on December 12, 2015, took home a top award. LRC team HIPE Robotics was crowned 2nd place Champion’s Award at the State Championship, and received an invitation to compete at the FLL North America Open Championship in LEGOLAND, CA. Team Spongebot was nominated to represent North Jersey to compete at the FLL Global Innovation Award (GIA) to be held in Washington DC.

A total of 62 FLL teams advanced from the November qualifiers competed at the North Jersey State Championship. Due to the tremendous growth in FLL, this is the first time that New Jersey created two separate North and South Championship regions, where the North Jersey region encompassed most of the New Jersey teams. Each year, FIRST LEGO League announced a real-world challenge theme for teams ages 9 to 14 to conduct a project research, design and program a Mindstorm robot and compete to complete a series of pre-defined robot missions. This year’s challenge is “Trash Trek” which teams would need to identify a solid waste problem and come up with an innovative solution to improve the current condition in trash collection and/or recycling in their community.

Robotics teams from LRC are traditionally known for their prowess in high performing robot designs, however, this year’s LRC FLL teams highlighted the club’s equal success in innovative science research as well as robot performance.

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Spongbot

LRC team Spongebot has been developing a machine that can be used to drain liquid out of cans and bottles to reduce contamination in the recyclables in order to improve the quality and reduce energy consumption in recycle collection. The team built a working prototype from recycle material such as wheels and motors from an old Power Wheels car and scrap woods, known as “A Bottle Crusher (ABC)”. An ultrasonic sensor was added to the motors with a program coded in Arduino electronic board in order to automatically operate the machine. This prototype was presented to groups in Livingston including the township’s Recycling and Reclamation Committee, Boy Scouts Troop 16, and Livingston Huaxia Chinese School prior to the competition. The judges found that the project “was very creative and fully functional”, and awarded the team the 1st Place Innovative Solution Award. Additionally, the team was selected as the North Jersey State Championship nominee to submit this project to compete in the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award (GIA). Only one team selected from each FLL Championship around the world is eligible to compete. The top 20 semi-finalists will be announced in April 2016 to advance to the finals which will be held in Washington DC in June 2016.

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HIPE Robotics

Since the November qualifier, LRC team HIPE Robotics from Ridgewood has been working steadily to improve their robot named HIPER, and their project called SAFE Sentry, The judges cited the team’s pre-season efforts to ensure that all team members learned the LEGO Mindstorm EV3 programming and mechanical designs, such as the wheel and motor matching, which helped the team to place 22nd in the robot performance competition. As a 2015 Global Innovations Awards (GIA) competitor in St. Louis, MO, the team also presented their GIA project poster about their innovative idea from last season to others at the tournament. HIPE Robotics was overwhelmingly excited to win 2nd place Champions at the State tournament, which cemented their efforts to be a well-rounded team. Members are thrilled for their upcoming travel to LEGOLAND California in May 2016 to compete at the FLL North America Open Championship.

RoboDevils

RoboDevils

LRC team RoboDevils, an all-girls Livingston team, took the 1st place Project Presentation Award where the team’s “Green Bin” project was praised as a living example of community involvement where the schools would consolidate their school supply lists, support the unused school supplies collections, and redistributed the supplies to the needy. Their comprehensive solution to tackling the problem of wasted school supplies continued to impress the judges. Extensive research, community outreach, with approvals from various civic and charitable organizations enabled their innovative solution to earned this top award. This recognition further validates this project and the team is excited to implement their proposal in the Livingston schools in the coming year. RoboDevils also ranked 15th out of 62 teams in robot performance.

RoboStorms

RoboStorms

Meanwhile, rookie team RoboStorms, , a promising young team consists of one 4th grader and three 5th graders from Hillside Elementary School in Livingston, impressed the judges for their “Wet Waste Genie” idea to collect and compost the kitchen wastes in an odor controlled bin at home. Judges recognized the project’s great potential for its simplicity and real time utility application. The team earned a 2nd place Project Innovation Award, and ranked a respected 19th place out of 62 teams in the robot performance competition.

LRC team Exit 5A Robotics, an all-girls team, received a 1st place Inspiration Award, where the judges recognized the team consistently across the board, demonstrating all FIRST core values, exemplified as a role model team for other teams to follow.

Livingston Robotics Club is a community-based science and robotics club comprised of about a hundred K-12 members from a dozen surrounding NJ towns. All teams are coached by volunteer parent coaches to advance STEM education with hands-on, real-world learning. The club will be hosting the 9th annual Engineers Week Robotics Exhibition at Liberty Science Center on 2016 President’s Day, and is in planning for the Jr FIRST LEGO League Expo during the Youth Appreciation Week in May 2016.

2015 North Jersey FIRST LEGO League State Championship Results

Here is the complete award list for FIRST LEGO League (FLL) “Trash Trek” season North Jersey State Championship, held on December 12, 2015 at Mt. Olive High School for 62 teams:

NJ FLL Qualifier Results 2015

2015 New Jersey FIRST LEGO League (FLL) regional qualifier award list:

LRC FLL Teams Take Top Awards Across NJ

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It was an extremely exciting and busy Saturday across New Jersey where more than 200 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams competed in nine different regional tournaments on November 21, 2015. Amongst the ten FLL teams from Livingston Robotics Club, the club took home two Champions Awards (the highest honor), multiple 1st place awards in Robot Design, Project Research and Robot Performance. Five of the LRC teams qualified for the State Championship in December, while the other five LRC teams will be focusing on robot missions to compete in robot performance in the spring.

Each year, FIRST LEGO League announced a real-world challenge theme for teams ages 9 to 14 to conduct a project research, design and program a Mindstorm robot and compete to complete a series of pre-defined robot missions. This year’s challenge is “Trash Trek” which teams would need to identify a solid waste problem and come up with an innovative solution to improve the current condition in trash collection and/or recycling in their community.

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Teams Exit 5A Robotics, RoboDevils, Mindstormers, Spongebot, Lego Super Starz, Robobuilders at FLL Clifton Qualifier

With seven out of ten LRC FLL teams are having their rookie season this year, LRC had a busy time rounding up the teams for expert lectures and field trips to learn about recycling and waste management. Since August, teams have been meeting weekly under the guidance of their coaches to prepare for the competitions. The result from the qualifiers reflected all the hard work and learning of the student members, and the time and effort invested by the volunteer coaches.

When time to compete in qualifier, each team could independently select the location of the tournament. Six LRC teams went to Clifton elected to compete at Clifton, while others traveled to Sparta, Bergen and Bridgewater.

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Exit 5A Robotics team

Exit 5A Robotics, the sister team of Exit 5 Robotics, consists of 5th, 6th, and 7th graders from Livingston, are now in their second year of FLL. The team attended the Clifton qualifier packed with 39 other highly competitive teams, many from LRC. The team was very much impressed with many exciting projects at the event which included some full scale working models. It was a great scene to watch so many great robots and lots of teams working furiously to get their projects ready or to tweak their robots. Exit 5A Robotics finished with Champion’s Award and 2nd place in Robot Performance.

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Team RoboDevils

Also in its second FLL season, another all-girls Livingston team, RoboDevils, also won the prestigious Champion’s Award at the Clifton qualifier, resulted in a rare occasion where two teams from the same club both took top awards at the same venue. RoboDevils comprises of four 6th and 7th grade girls whose research project targeted the wastage of school supplies. The team proposed to collect unused school supplies at schools and distributes them to charities and recyclers. This proposal has been reviewed and supported by the Livingston Township Recycling and Reclamation Committee, Livingston Education Foundation and Livingston Environmental Commission. The pilot program will be launched in Livingston’s middle school.

Veteran Livingston team, Spongebot, consists of one 3rd grader, five 6th graders and two seven graders. Most of the team members participate in FLL for the first time this season. Their day started with a robot design judging session where the team showed their multi-mission robot that uses both gyro and color sensor to improve accuracy of the robot. During the project judging, Spongebot showed a working prototype of “A Bottle Crusher” (ABC). This is a device that can be used to replace a large recycle bin by eliminating excess liquid and air in plastic bottle and aluminum can recyclables to reduce cost and improve quality in recycling process. The device gained attention of many visitors at the team’s pit area. With an overall high score in all judging categories, Spongebot was selected as one of the well-rounded teams that advance to the Northern New Jersey State Championship.

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Team RoboStorms

Rookie team RoboStorms consists of four Livingston elementary school students won big in Sparta qualifier by achieving an impressive 1st place in its Project Research and 1st place award in Robot Performance with a high score of 497 points.

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Team Lego Super Starz

 

 

 

 

Lego Super Starz from Parsippany ranked 6th place out of 40 teams in Robot Performance at Clifton, collected the Highest Scoring Rookie Team Award and Rookie Imagination Award.

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Team Teknado

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Team Lego Engineers

On the same day at Bridgewater qualifier, rookie team Teknado from Florham Park secured a 4th place ranking in Robot Performance. Meanwhile, rookie teams Robobuilders, Mindstormers, and Lego Engineers all successfully competed for the first time. “Although we didn’t win, the team had a great experience. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot.” said team Robobuilders.

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Team HIPE

As can happen at robotics competition, rookie team HIPE from Ridgewood faced an early morning mechanical surprise but calmly worked through it to produce a 1st place in Robot Design and a 3rd place in Robot Performance at the Bergen qualifying tournament. Scoring well on their Research Project (called SAFE – Search And Find E-waste), and Core Values interviews secured the team a place at the FLL State Championship tournament.

Livingston Robotics Club is a community-based science and robotics club which currently has 16 active teams in three divisions, comprised of almost a hundred K-12 members from a dozen surrounding NJ towns. The teams are coached by more than 30 volunteer parents. The club continues to thrive and attract many dedicated parents and students to actively take part in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education with hands-on project-base learning. The LRC teams will have three weeks to prepare for the North Jersey FLL State Championship which will be held on December 12, 2015 at Mt. Olive High School.

 

LRC FLL “Trash Trek” Field Trip

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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.

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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

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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 coach@landroids.org 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)

Parking:
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 shiningstar@livingstonrobotics.org.

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

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