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.

Great Season for Alpha Force Mark VI!

Alpha Force Mark VI marking the 6th season with a Programming Award at the State

“Our programming award honors a team that utilizes outstanding programming principles including clear, concise and reusable code that allows the robot to perform challenge missions autonomously and consistently.

Here’s what the judges have to say about this team:

When responding to nature’s fury, it is imperative that the challenge rescue vehicle keeps track of its location. This team is able to account for the different speeds of its motors and based on wheel circumference, adjusts motor speed to keep moving straight as it chases the storm. The second place programming award goes to team #3070 Alpha Force Mark VI!”

They were such sweet words for a team that’s marking their 6th year in FLL.

This happy bunch of 5th and 9th graders really worked harder this year and they are so glad that they won an award at the State level this time! Their robot, Storm Chaser, is the product of a proud collaboration of teen master builders, pre-teen and teenage programmers, observant testers and the kid’s great pool of ideas.

Their rubric score sheets showed “accomplished” to “exemplary” ratings for all the categories, reflecting all the diligence they put in, mixed with the intense drive to play. The judges’ comments noted the Alpha Force team’s great energy, team spirit, nice way of working together and that the kids were having way too much fun solving the teamwork puzzle even when time was running out. Their Robot Design score sheet in particular showed the highest possible ratings in all the criteria (mechanical design, programming, strategy and innovation), noting the robot’s mature mechanical design and the member’s understanding of the programming control process.

New Jersey FIRST LEGO League State Championship Award List, 3/8/2014

Awards Team # Team Name City
Champion’s Award #1 10296 CyberHawks River Vale
Champion’s Award #2 4182 Panther Power New Providence
Champion’s Award #3 3013 Exit 5 Robotics Livingston (LRC)
Robot Mechanical Design #1 8116 ibot Builders Holmdel
Robot Mechanical Design #2 5642 George Washington STEM Club Ridgewood
Robot Programming #1 12352 Wizards Jersey City
Robot Programming #2 3070 Alpha Force Mark VI Livingston (LRC)
Robot Strategy & Innovation #1 4815 The Flaming Tornadoes Netcong
Robot Strategy & Innovation #2 11683 Terra Bots Parsippany
Robot Performance #1 (491 pts) 12852 Robo Warriors Edison
Robot Performance #2 (483 pts) 3013 Exit 5 Robotics Livingston (LRC)
Project Research #1 8527 COLAbots Flanders
Project Research #2 1669 BF Brickheads Ridgewood
Project Innovative Solution #1 3530 Montclair Clankers Montclair
Project Innovative Solution #2 12852 Robo Warriors Edison
Project Presentation #1 6411 Cobots Montclair
Project Presentation #2 12115 NanoGurus Morris Plains
Core Values Inspiration #1 17328 Purple Sabotage Westfield
Core Values Inspiration #2 12380 AEPEES Jersey City
Core Values Teamwork #1 4137 Top Brick Plainsboro
Core Values Teamwork #2 10840 Knight Robotics Kendall Park
CV Gracious Professionalism #1 3347 IDEAmaze Plainsboro
CV Gracious Professionalism #2 4869 Technomes Livingston (LRC)
Judges Award 7474 Fury Fighting Robots Lambertville
Judges Award 5494 The Fury Tamers Plainsboro
Judges Award 4021 Technotrons Wayne
Outstanding Volunteer Award Tim Leicht
Outstanding Volunteer Award John Giardina

Get ready for the 2014 LRC Jr.FLL Expo

Disaster Blaster Logo

Join us in our outdoor Jr.FLL event in Livingston, NJ. The “Disaster Blaster” Expo will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014. 

See for more details.


NJ FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Results (updated)

New Jersey FIRST LEGO League “Nature’s Fury” competition results from 9 regional qualifiers:

The FLL Lifehacks


Hello FLL Teams,

We, the Spongebots, just graduated from Jr.FLL last year and this is our first year for FLL.

This year, we found a lot of problems and we needed to come up with some solutions. At some point we decided that maybe we should have a dedicated webpage to show all the lifehacks that many FLL teams may come up with. As a starter, we show what we did with our trouble plane’s departure tower. We now have the (un)official FLL Lifehacks page on the Livingston Robotics Club site. Take a look what we have and perhaps you can contribute your stories. Click here to get to the page and enjoy your upcoming tournaments.

LRC FLL Nature’s Fury Expert Lectures

On September 11, 2013, LRC FIRST LEGO Leagues (FLL) teams attended a Skype lecture with System Engineer, Ryan Kelly from Virginia, to learn about snow storm accumulation prediction on the highway system, and the impact of earthquake on the east coast.

This is the first of a series of expert lectures that LRC offers to our teams each FLL season, in order for our members to gain insights about the FLL project challenge.

Upcoming LRC lectures includes:

September 27, 2013 with an Army Corp of Engineer, Dr. Roy Messaros, who is also a hydrology professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, to learn about the causes, impact and remediation of flooding.

October 2, 2013 with Livingston Town Manager, Michele Meade, to learn about township emergency preparation and responses during natural disasters.

Bracing for Nature’s Fury

Natural Fury Logo

The 2013-14 FIRST LEGO League “Nature’s Fury” season and the Jr. FIRST LEGO League “Disaster Blaster” are here!

FLL kickoff and challenge reveal will be on August 27, 2013, noon, EDT.

FLL field setup kits are being shipped in starting in July.

NFoverheadmatFor teams who are new to FLL this season, register a FLL team enable you to purchase the latest Mindstorms EV3 set with the team registration for $499. Veteran teams still have the option to use the Mindstorms NXT; while new teams can purchase the new EV3 to get a jump start on the latest educational kit.

Another welcoming change this season is the “What FIRST Teams and Events Are in My Area?” search engine has finally included the FIRST LEGO League teams. We now can search and find other local teams in the area. For people who are searching to join a team or recruit new members, TeamUp is the FLL and Jr FLL network connection.

For those new FLL team who are bracing for an exciting season, now is a good time to build an FLL table. Depending on space and needs, there are three types of FLL tables to choose from:

  1. The official FLL table (durable, easy to build, heavy, hard to transport and store. Careful to choose a high grade plywood for the table surface, keep away from moisture or the table will warp).
  2. Stow-or-Go Table by Inventioneers (light weight, foldable, easy to transport, not very durable, may have an uneven seam along the fold line, don’t lean on it).
  3. Landroids’ Sectional Table (light weight, easy to transport and store, takes apart and put together like the Ikea furniture, durable, harder to build, more expensive).

For New Jersey teams, our FLL season is from end of August to mid December. Click here for a season timeline and a list of preliminary qualifying event locations.  Plan ahead and Good Luck!

North American Open Championship @ LegoLand


The 2012 Senior Solutions season saw Exit 5 Robotics win trophies nearly 3000 miles apart, from sea to shining sea, from the Garden State to the Golden State, and from Livingston-Land to Lego-Land.  To close out the season, the team squished their enthusiasm, their robots, their research project, and their programs into a dozen carry on suitcases and flew to California for the FLL North American Open Championships in Carlsbad.  Against 75 top teams from North America and two teams specially invited from South Korea, Exit 5 Robotics competed intensely while demonstrating graciousness in a professional manner.

In the three judging portions of the competition, Core Values, Research Project, and Robot Design, the team qualified for awards eligibility in the following categories,  Core Values-Inspiration, Core Values-Gracious Professionalism, and Robot-Strategy & Innovation.  In the robot game, the team’s world class scores on their home practice table were thrown askew by damage in transit and the different playing field.  At the end of the competition, 23 North American teams won awards.  Exit 5 Robotics’ high spirits and friendly competition carried them to a Gracious Professionalism 2nd Place award.

Jr.FLL Expo Photos and Certificates

LRC JrFLL Expo group photo 2013

The 4th annual Livingston Robotics Club Jr. FIRST LEGO League Expo 2013 was a success! Photos and “Super Seniors” certificates are now available to download at our Super Seniors Expo page. See Landroids Facebook for more event photos.

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