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.

Exit 5 Paints with Robots at the Morris Museum

paint the robot, robot paints the canvas

This past winter, Exit 5 Robotics spent time at the Morris Museum’s Toying with Art Festival.  In keeping with the theme, the team attempted to build several robots that could create “art”.  In the end, they settled on what could be characterized as a robot that created Rorschach images.  With a random movements, the robot drew interesting patterns on a canvas for each participant.  Our young visitors were able to select the wheel patterns and paint colors to be used.  Each person was able to take home their famous robot created artwork.  In addition to the robot drawing activity, the team also ran an adjacent FLL table demonstrating the Senior Solutions Robot Challenge and their Project Research.

2013 LRC Jr.FLL Expo Results

Livingston, NJ on May 25, 2013. For more information about this event, please visit our Super Seniors Expo page.

Our Jr.FLL Expo, New Location, Same Schedule

Due to the weather, our Jr.FLL Expo will be indoor this year. Here is the new location:

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Where: Cafeteria of Livingston High School (30 Robert H Harp Drive, Livingston, NJ)

Parking: The north parking lot of Livingston High School (near the football field and the swimming pool) and enter from the north entrance.

See more details about this on this post (http://www.livingstonrobotics.org/2013/05/21/2013-lrc-jr-first-lego-league-expo-super-seniors-may-25-2013/)

2013 LRC Jr. FIRST LEGO League Expo – “Super Seniors”, May 25, 2013


The 4th annual outdoor Livingston Robotics Club Jr. FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL) Expo is here! All 2012-13 registered “Super Seniors” Jr. FLL teams will present their projects and LEGO models including moving parts and robotics programming.

Come and cheer young children ages 6-9 from 7 NJ Counties: Bergen, Camden, Essex, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris and Passaic. This event is open to the public. 

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Where: Cafeteria of Livingston High School (30 Robert H Harp Drive, Livingston, NJ )

Parking: The north parking lot of Livingston High School and enter from the north entrance.

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