New Jersey FIRST LEGO League “Nature’s Fury” competition results from 9 regional qualifiers:
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
FLL kickoff and challenge reveal will be on August 27, 2013, noon, EDT.
FLL field setup kits are being shipped in starting in July.
For 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:
- 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).
- 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).
- 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!
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.
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.
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/)
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.