VEX World Championships – Request for Online Volunteer Judges

If you have some experience with robotics, here’s a great opportunity to volunteer and help with remote judging at the VEX World Championships (VRC & VIQ) this year. Details from the VRC website:

Judges are critical to the scholastic sport of competitive robotics, and we realize the commitment it takes to volunteer as a judge. This year, it will take more dedicated volunteers than ever to make our judging program a success as we have expanded the number of divisions and programs for students.

Please consider volunteering as a remote judge in April and/or May (see below dates) for the Remote VEX Robotics World Championship.

Judging will be conducted online in 3-hour shifts. Judges may volunteer for as many shifts as they are able on the following dates:

We cannot serve our VEX Worlds community of participants without your support. We hope you will join us as a remote judge this year and encourage others within your program to do so as well. Help us spread the word to others with this printable invite, or simply hit the Forward to a Friend button below.

If you have any questions, please email We look forward to seeing you (remotely) at VEX Worlds 2021!

11th Annual LRC FLL Jr Expo: A Virtual Celebration

This time last year, the 10th anniversary of the LRC FIRST LEGO League Junior Expo attracted 50 teams from northern Jersey ( That sure was a tough record to beat!
Earlier this year, we started to plan for this year’s Expo with the same fun fair. The highlight would be a “Building Newark” activity to let all teams collaboratively build New Jersey’s largest city on a gigantic map out of 70,000 LEGO bricks.
When the pandemic swept across the entire world, we were certain that the Expo would not happen at all. Boy were we wrong! The Expo host, LRC FLL team Flame Machines, started to plan a virtual Expo while busy collaborating with other kids and adults in the LRC community to redesign face shields for frontline workers (#LivingstonShield In the end, 18 teams submitted video presentations and participated in the virtual Expo and award ceremony on the exact day on which the Expo was scheduled.
Read more at our 2020 Expo page.

Our face shield making is in full steam!

Check out our projects related to COVID-19 at our COVID-19 Projects page. You can watch a live stream there. As of April 11, more than 300 face shields have been delivered to the frontline. More to be delivered daily.

LRC Teams Learn Real-World Engineering at Esco Optics

Recently, our teams visited Esco Optics to learn about manufacturing process. Read Esco Optics blog at: 

LRC Teams with Openings for New Members!

Postings for open spots on LRC teams.

  • Exit 5 Robotics & Exit 5A Robotics – All girls team with opening for specific experience in the DIY space, i.e. circuit level work, Arduino, RPI, microcontrollers, CAD, fabrication, welding, etc. Contact exit5robotics GMAIL com for more information.
  • Exit 5 Robotics & Exit 5A Robotics – All girls team with opening for specific experience in CNN, GAN, and ML. Contact exit5robotics GMAIL com for more information.
  • Exit 5 Robotics & Exit 5A Robotics – All girls team with opening for strong background with VRC. Contact exit5robotics GMAIL com for more information.
  • LRC team with opening for looking for experience in DIY space, i.e. circuit level work, Arduino, RPI, microcontrollers, CAD, fabrication. Contact BLam60 GMAIL com for more information.


2020 Calendar of Events in NJ/NY Region

Happy Holidays everybody! As you plan your 2020 year, here’s a list of notable events in the NJ/NY region including competitions and exhibitions. Because of the volume of events for VIQ, VRC, FTC, we intentionally left these out, but you can easily find them on their respective websites.

updated Dec 28, 2019

2019 North New Jersey FLL Championship Results

Congratulations to all teams participating this year in FLL!

Award Team # Team Name Organization City
1st Place Champions* 2228 Exit 6 Robotics Livingston Robotics Club Livingston
2nd Place Champions* 25231 Robo Raptors Family/Community Fair Lawn
3rd Place Champions** 16831 IDK Pond Road Middle School Trenton
1st Place Gracious Professionalism 34011 Brickwarriors Family/Community Edison
2nd Place Gracious Professionalism 25663 Brick Masters Family/Community Edison
1st Place Teamwork 31281 Incredibots Girl Scouts Plainsboro
2nd Place Teamwork 44748 CyberBricks Family/Community Edison
1st Place Inspiration 38684 Team Technopath Roy W Brown Middle School North Brunswick
2nd Place Inspiration 44187 Cerebellum Livingston Robotics Club Livingston
1st Place Robot Performance (485) 4618 CyberHawks Holdrum Middle School River Vale
2nd Place Robot Performance (475) 37730 The Martians Family/Community Princeton Junction
1st Place Strategy & Innovation 23828 Primoris Lions Primoris Academy Westwood
2nd Place Strategy & Innovation 37477 Legorio Family/Community Westfield
1st Place Programming 3411 Thunder Family Friends South Plainfield
2nd Place Programming 32072 CYB0RGS Family/Community Ramsey
1st Place Mechanical Design 32581 Flame Machines Livingston Robotics Club Millburn
2nd Place Mechanical Design 4295 COLAbots Home School Flanders
1st Place Presentation 44637 Lego Dragons Auten Road Intermediate School Edison
2nd Place Presentation 38211 Thingamabot Livingston Robotics Club Livingston
1st Place Innovative Solution 37909 Extraordinary Engineers Family/Community Princeton Junction
2nd Place Innovative Solution 27208 Primoris Cubs PRIMORIS ACADEMY Westwood
1st Place Research 44508 RoboWarriors Family/Community Hillsborough
2nd Place Research 35076 Phoenix Robotics Home School Basking Ridge
Judges Award 32197 H2O Family/Community Basking Ridge
Coach Mentor (Mrs Tami) 47950 Robotic Gladiators Princeton Day School Montclair
Volunteer of the Year (Doug Polk) Mt. Olive HS Mt. Olive

*Advancing to Detroit World Festival

**Advancing to Carlsbad LegoLand Open Championships

LRC FLL Calendar of Events 2019 / 2020 season

Sept 25 – Meeting with Livingston Township Planning Board
Oct 3 – Guest Speaker – KPMG Project Manager for construction
Oct 8 – Visit to Bike Livingston
Oct 17 – TBD
Oct 24 – TBD
Oct 30 – LRC Coaches Meeting – Prepping for FLL qualifiers

Note events listed above are open only to LRC Teams. Please see our Facebook page for event details and signup.

Sun Sept 22, 730pm @ LRC Clubhouse: FLL – How to “join a team” / “start a team” & LRC AMA

Focus this session is on:
–Forming your own team
–Starting your own team

7:30-8:30pm: Gathering of Families:
Bringing together families looking to join a team. Format is open ended, but in a social setting. Bring a simple game for your kids to play with others kids. Strongly encourage parents to step forward and coach their own teams. Finding an existing team to join is nearly impossible, so best to form your own teams.

8:30pm – 9:00pm AMA Bill Lam
Format will be ask Bill Lam anything about how to start a team. Quick 6 step presentation on how to start a team.

Event is for anybody in the north & central NJ regions, but typically most folks are from Essex, Morris, Union counties and others from Bergen, Passaic, Somerset and Middlesex counties. Event is open to all ages, but must have an interest or connection to FLL. RSVP required.

RSVP via Facebook at

LRC FIRST Lego League (FLL) Kickoff – Sunday Sept 8 @ 8pm 9:30pm

With the warm glow of summer vacations still energizing our thoughts, it’s time to redirect that buzz into a new season of FIRST Lego League FLL robotics competitions. It’s an exciting new year of FLL robotics with several major changes to the competition. Please join us as we kickoff the FLL season at the Livingston Robotics Clubhouse @ 290 West Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ 07039. Enter 1st floor @ the south entrance (closest to Rt.10). Event is open to all ages and only requirement is that you have an interest in FLL as a student competitor, mentor, coach, or volunteer. RSVP at


  • 8:00-8:30pm: Exit 6 Brobotics, a veteran VEX IQ team (2018 VIQ NJ State Excellence Award, 2019 US Open VIQ Design Award) will be on hand to host an AMA about their experiences preparing for their first season of FLL.
  • 8:30-9:00pm: General Q&A hosted by LRC volunteers
  • 9:00-9:30pm: Mini “Find, Form, Grow” Robotics team meetup to connect those looking to join a team, form a team, or grow an existing team.

To have your team join LRC please fill out the form at:

Teams that sign up for LRC membership by September 7th, 2019 11:59pm will receive a ruler engraved with their team name. One for each registered team member, to be handed out at the event on September 8th. 


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