Livingston Robotics Club (LRC), in Livingston, New Jersey, USA was conceived in August 2007 when the very first Livingston NJ FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team Landroids was formed. This neighborhood club at that time was conceived as Lancer Robotics Club, following Livingston’s tradition in naming all its school teams as “Lancer, in hope to kick-start a town-wide FIRST robotic program in the Livingston school district.
By the end of 2008, anticipating that community interests will surpass the schools’ readiness to incorporate the robotics curriculum in all local schools, the Club was formerly registered as Livingston Robotics Club (LRC), and became a part of the 501(c)(3) Healthy Community Healthy Youth of Livingston (HCHY). This enables the Club to structured as a community-wide, non-profit organization, and be eligible to receive sponsorships and donations.
Livingston Robotics Club is operated by passionate parents as team coaches and assistants on a voluntary basis. Our mission is to provide a community-base, experience-sharing network to introduce Livingston area youth to robotics design and real-life science research, consistent with the vision of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The Club is to inspire student’s interests in science, technology, engineering and math by engaging them in a parent/mentor-based program, that encourages innovative out-of-the-box thinking, and foster well-rounded life skills, such as self-confidence, time management, communication, teamwork and leadership. Club enrollment is open to all children in the neighboring communities, as long as their parents are willing and prepared to coach and mentor his/her child’s team.
Each team was formed among friends, coached and trained independently based on members’ age, goal and committment level determined at the beginning of the season. Team sizes were decided by individual team coaches.Each team is operated separately, compete with each other, but will have the benefit of sharing the training resources and experiences from the founding team, the Landroids.
Team level divisions are based on the FIRST competition, although all teams are free to participate in any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related competitions or events. The four FIRST divisions are: Jr. FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL for age 6 to 9); FIRST LEGO League (FLL for age 9 to 14); FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC for age 14 to 18); FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC for all high school students).
Club Expansion History:
2007: 1 FLL team, 2 coaches, 7 students from Livingston.
2008: 4 FLL teams, 7 coaches, 21 students from Livingston, Morris Plains, South Orange and Pine Brook areas.
2009: 7 FLL teams and one Jr. FLL team, 22 coaches, 40 students, from Livingston, West Orange, Short Hills and Kearny.
2010: 1 FTC team, 5 FLL, 6 Jr. FLL teams, 14 coaches, 54 students, from Livingston, West Orange, South Orange, Short Hills, Springfield, Kearny, East Hanover, Basking Ridge, and Southampton areas.
2012: 1 FTC team, 9 FLL teams, 9 Jr. FLL teams. 23 coaches, nearly 100 students throughout New Jersey.
Club Award History:
During the 2008 FLL season, 3 out of the 4 LRC FLL teams received an award at the New Jersey State tournament.
In the 2009 FLL season, 5 out of 7 FLL teams advanced to the State competition, and again brought home multiple State level awards.
In 2010, the LRC team Landroids won a 1st place national science award for 8th grade and a 1st place international award in robotics competition.
In 2012, two LRC teams competed at the World FTC and FLL levels.
This represented an unprecedented high percentage of recognition given to any New Jersey K-12 organization or school district for a student-oriented activity. These teams’ successes are due to the combined efforts of hard-working student participants, dedicated volunteer parent coaches, as well as supportive team parents.