Team list of the LRC FLL Jr. Expo on May 18, 2019

Only the 50 teams listed below are registered for our FLL Jr. Expo on May 18, 2019. If you have questions, please contact us.

Team # Team Name # of members Table # Color
89 Lego Blasters 3 A7 Yellow
467 Lunar Explorers 6 B8 Yellow
3454 RoboDominators 4 C10 Yellow
7188 Super Lego Bros 4 A10 Yellow
8000 Fantastic 5 5 B7 Yellow
8772 Space Rebels 6 E4 Green
9996 Man on the Moon 4 E8 Yellow
10462 Speedway Boys 3 B10 Yellow
11151 Microminions 5 D6 Yellow
11173 APdroids 3 A9 Yellow
11506 LegoBots 6 A8 Yellow
11734 RoboNuts 6 C6 Yellow
11900 Flaming Tornados 5 D5 Green
13600 Livingston HuaXia Team One 6 A4 Green
13601 Livingston HuaXia Team Two 6 A5 Green
13619 Livingston HuaXia Team Three 5 A2 Green
13620 Livingston HuaXia Team Four 6 A3 Green
13899 The Lego Einsteins 6 D2 Green
14073 Mighty Sparks 5 E6 Yellow
14344 Brick masters jr 5 D3 Green
15013 ACE FLL Jr. Team 6 E9 Yellow
16157 Team discovery 2 D1 Green
16520 Robo Munchkins 5 D9 Yellow
16565 Lunarians Base 3024 2 C9 Yellow
16590 Galaxy Girls 6 E5 Green
16738 JEAR’s Moon 3 E2 Green
17782 Moon Blast Off Pros 6 C7 Yellow
17928 Galaxy Machine 6 A1 Green
17947 Rocketship Constellations 2 D4 Green
17975 Lego Masters of Bergen and Rockland 6 D7 Yellow
18011 MoonRovers 6 D8 Yellow
18183 NASA’s Team 6 6 E10 Yellow
18374 North Caldwell Rockets 4 A6 Yellow
18405 Futuristic Moon Tech 6 E7 Yellow
18666 Sky Walkers 4 C5 Green
18680 Angelbots 6 B6 Yellow
18681 Cool Cosmonauts 6 B9 Yellow
18770 Moon Masters 5 E3 Green
18813 Legonauts 2 E1 Green
18815 Hope 2 C8 Yellow
18850 Rainbow Brights 2 B1 Green
18979 Moon Quest 2 C4 Green
18984 Lego Builders 5 B4 Green
18985 Hartshorn Wizards 6 B5 Green
18986 Team Gryffindor 6 B3 Green
18999 Hartshorn Gamers 3 C2 Green
19007 Mission Metis 4 C1 Green
19008 Lego moon Scientist 3 C3 Green
19009 Circuit Breaker 3 B2 Green
19045 Moonwalkers 3 D10 Yellow

Upcoming STEM and Robotics Events in NJ

Sat May 11 3PM to 5 PM Montclair Society of Engineers ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS EXTRAVAGANZA! Each May, MSE (Montclair Society of Engineers) celebrates the accomplishments of the local high school robotics teams sponsored by the MSE: Montclair Robotics, Mechanical Mustangs of Clifton, and Equitum Robotics of Paterson. An afternoon of STEM for kids and adults of all ages. Free admission. Robot demonstrations. STEM activities, food and fun. Montclair High School, 100 Chestnut St, Montclair, NJ 07042

Sun May 19, NYC RoboCup Jr. is an incredible competition with impressive robot designs. Event starts at 8am at Trinity School in Manhattan. Parking is available onsite but generally also easy to find on the street in that section of Manhattan. Teams qualify here to go to RCJ World Championships held this year in Perth, Australia. In RCJ you’ll find a vast variety of robots from EV3 to Arduino competing against each other in rescue missions or on a soccer field. LRC’s own Spongebots will be competing in the Lightweight Soccer category.

Sat June 8, 2019 Find Form Grow Robotics Team & AMA  June Edition: Hosted by Exit 5A Robotics, this is a two for one special with an AMA session. This is the fourth in a somewhat-monthly series that seeks to connect families looking for like minded families to FORM a robotics team. Also seeks to connect those looking to FIND a robotics team with robotics teams looking to GROW by adding new members. The AMA (Ask Me Anything) session will focus on the Exit 5A journey this year a 5th year FLL team winning NJ State Championships and their award winning experience at FIRST World Festival. Event will be by RSVP only at Livingston Robotics Club, 290 W. Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ 1:00-2:30pm. Grades k-12. RSVP at: ttps://

Sat Aug 3, 2019 World Robot Olympiad NJ Qualifier #2 Lego WeDo & Lego EV3 Mindstorms. 2 to 3 person teams. Age categories range from K-12 grades. Event open to all WRO competition categories except University.


Sun April 7, 2019Find, Form, Grow a Robotics Team Mar-Apr Edition: Hosted by Exit 5A Robotics, this is the third in a monthly series that seeks to connect families looking for like minded families to FORM a robotics team. Also seeks to connect those looking to FIND a robotics team with robotics teams looking to GROW by adding new members. West Orange Public Library 2:30-4:30pm. Grades k-12. More Info:   RSVP here

Sat March 16, 2019 – 2nd Annual Girls In Engineering Day: Hosted by Exit 5 Robotics, this event brings together over 30 girls robotics teams in FIRST Lego League , FLL Jr, FIRST Tech Challenge FTC, VEX IQ, VEX VRC, World Robot Olympiad WRO and women’s STEM organizations IEEE-WIE, ACM-W, NCWIT, SWE from the region to exhibit at the Liberty Science Center . Please contact if you are interested in hosting a booth. All ages.

Fri March 1, 2019 Deadline to register for ProjectCSGIRLS CompetitionExciting nationwide computer science competition for 6th-8th grade girls. Mentors available to assist. More information at

Sun February 24, 2019Find, Form, Grow a Robotics Team February Edition: Hosted by Exit 5A Robotics, this is the second in a monthly series that seeks to connect families looking for like minded families to FORM a robotics team. Also seeks to connect those looking to FIND a robotics team with robotics teams looking to GROW by adding new members. Grades k-12. More information & signup at:

Mon February 18, 2019 – 12th Annual FIRST Robotics Exhibition: Six North Jersey FLL teams four NJ FTC teams will be showcasing their robots at the Liberty Science Center as part of Engineering Everywhere Week. All ages.


2018 Northern NJ FLL Championship Robot Game Rankings

Congratulations to these top 40% teams! LRC team the Flame Machines won the 2nd Place with their excellent opening round, and the 1st Place Champion’s Award winner Exit 5A Robotics achieved a solid top score of 148 points.

Rank Team # Team Name Highest Score Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
1 25231 Robo Raptors 262 164 262 206
2 32581 Flame Machines 238 238 222 144
3 31773 Hyper Circuits 221 113 115 221
4 17049 AoOL RoboNation 188 111 117 188
5 23828 Primoris Lions 184 163 184 158
6 24819 Futuristic Engineers 182 74 154 182
7 30914 Wall Robo Knights 182 182 134 147
8 30745 MindsOfSteel 180 51 53 180
9 3411 Thunder 176 144 176 138
10 38468 Bear Bots 170 170 111 29
11 7377 Bender Bots 169 143 153 169
12 18528 Mega Bots 168 112 149 168
13 34957 Robo Rockets 167 129 125 167
14 31023 BananaBots 167 86 167 80
15 34266 Midknight Robo Thinkers 159 143 159 151
16 31422 LightningBots 158 158 97 42
17 31107 Trypticon 157 137 90 157
18 4618 CyberHawks 155 82 37 155
19 4527 Shooting Stars 154 154 93 89
20 23122 Mindtech 151 117 10 151
21 37130 SPARK 150 111 141 150
22 2228 Exit 5A Robotics 148 121 148 96
23 4295 COLAbots 144 99 144 84
24 40223 HOW BOT DAT 141 141 96 90
25 30741 Meme Team 140 76 125 140
26 23335 Nerd Herd 138 58 56 138
27 37539 Octo 3.14… 137 127 137 55
28 31104 Monster Mechanics 135 135 133 61
29 3607 CoBots 134 31 134 112
30 11768 Buzz Aldrin ETC 134 134 72 109
31 30486 Krypton Warriors 132 74 132 91
32 16130 Space Force 132 61 46 132

2018 Northern NJ FLL Championship Award Winners

Award Team # Team Name Organization Township
Champion’s Award, #1 2228 Exit 5A Robotics Livingston Robotics Club Livingston
Champion’s Award, #2 4618 CyberHawks Holdrum Middle School Westwood
Champion’s Award, #3 18528 Mega Bots Neighborhood Group Ridgewood
Robot Performance #1 (262) 25231 Robo Raptos Family/Community Fair Lawn
Robot Performance #2 (238) 32581 Flame Machines Livingston Robotics Club Millburn
Robot Strategy & Innovation, #1 11768 Buzz Aldrin ETC Mt. Hebron Middle School Montclair
Robot Strategy & Innovation, #2 38069 Short Circuit Family/Community Edison
Robot Programming, #1 23122 Mindtech Pierrepont School Rutherford
Robot Programming, #2 5623 The U.F.O.s Youth Organization Riverdale
Robot Design, #1 34957 Robo Rockets Home School Parsippany
Robot Design, #2 31550 Creative Circuit Breaker Family/Community Pennington
Project Presentation, #1 23828 Primoris Lions Primoris Academy Westwood
Project Presentation, #2 4295 COLAbots Home School Flanders
Project Innovative Solution, #1 30486 Krypton Warriors Home School Parsippany
Project Innovative Solution, #2 7377 Bender Bots Neighborhood Group West Windsors
Project Research, #1 9643 Lego Lords Immaculate Conception School Annadale
Project Research, #2 15878 Adroit Robotics Livingston Robotics Club Livingston
CV Gracious Professionalism, #1 21284 Princeton Plutonians J. Witherspoon Middle School Princeton
CV Gracious Professionalism, #2 37130 Spark Family/Community Princeton Junction
CV Teamwork, #1 3100 STA Brainstormers St. Thomas the Apostle School Bloomfield
CV Teamwork, #2 37496 SAS Squad Family/Community Old Bridge
CV Inspiration, #1 42053 GearChangers Family/Community Plainsboro
CV Inspiration, #2 40223 HOW BOT DAT Family/Community Somerset
Judges Award 31287 Beyond Infinity Family/Community Princeton
Judges Award 32037 Midnight Thinkers Millstone River School Plainsboro
Judges Award 31107 Trypticon Government Montville
Mentor of the Year Award 4295 Pam Heinrich COLAbots Flanders
Volunteer Award Cheryl Broer Mt. Olive

LRC FLL Teams Competing to get “Into Orbit”

The Northern New Jersey FLL Championship concluded the super exciting and fun December weekend with team Exit 5A Robotics, an LRC member, taking home the crown jewel of the 2-day event: 1st Place Champion’s Award! They will be representing the region at the FIRST World Festival next year. Congratulations!!!

Two other LRC teams that advanced to the Championship also got their hands full: Team Adroit Robotics received the 2nd Place Project Research Award, and team Flame Machines got the 2nd Place Robot Performance Award with 238 points.

Congratulations also go to teams RoboKnights, Robot Nation, Thingamabot, and WINJAS for successfully competing in regional qualifiers. Competition experiences and profiles of all these teams are being posted to our Facebook page:

Recapping Exit 5A Robotics’ FLL AMA FIRST Lego League – Ask Me Anything

Exit 5A Robotics held their FIRST (punny!) AMA (Ask Me Anything) session for FLL FIRST Lego League on Oct 14th. Held a concurrent online streaming session for people to ask questions as well as parents & kids attending in person. We had 63 interested respondents on Facebook with 8 Facebook’ers attending in person and 34 in-person RSVPs via Google. Wide variety of folks in attendance with interest in FLL and FLL Junior. The all-girl Exit 5A team was able to share their diversity of experiences including some FLL Junior, FLL, WRO, VEX. E5A’s panelists were equally diverse with some having 1yr of FLL experience, another coming from another FLL team, one that left the team in 2016, and one that aged out in 2018, and some with 8 continuous years of robotics. We had a table with our robots, and mingled afterwards with parents & coaches & team members. We hope it was a useful session for those that attended!
Entire session is available for viewing at
Thanks to Kelly Eagen from LRC & Spongebots for moderating.
Contact for more information, improvements, or suggestions for future events.

Learn About FLL via AMA with Exit 5A Robotics Oct 14th 4:00pm – 530pm

RSVP here

All-Girls Exit 5A Robotics AMA (Ask Me Anything) about FLL FIRST Lego League.

With 31 years of collective FLL seasons and 21 robotics competition events, the all-girls STEM’ers of Exit 5A Robotics are hosting a Team AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Oct 14th 430pm to 530pm at Livingston Robotics Club (290 W. Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ). We’ll also be livestreaming and you can submit questions via chat. We’ll have a bunch of our FLL and WRO robots on display as well. Bring your robots if you have robot specific questions.

The call is out for parents, students, coaches to bring their burning FLL questions and unanswered mysteries of competitive robotics to the student members of Exit 5A Robotics. We don’t propose to know everything. We may not always have the right answers. We don’t always win and have at times been outright crushed at competitions. But we can definitely share the unique and rarely heard perspective of young roboticists.

Consider that the vast majority of information about FLL and competitive robotics is spoken, written, disseminated, and posted by adults who are coaches, mentors, or organizing competition committees. This event offers parents, coaches, and students the opportunity to ask questions and hear unvarnished answers from the E5A team, including current and former team members. The event will be lightly moderated by an adult mentor. In essence, ask anything but abide by FLL Core Values.

For those that cannot make it in person, we are also planning to stream the event online and field questions online.

4:00-4:30 pot luck – light snacks & refreshments
4:30-5:30 AMA session (livestream starts 430pm)

September is here and it’s time for FLL, except …. who changed my Core Values?


With the busy summer vacations behind us, it’s an odd week of relative quiet brought about by a shortened Labor Day week and the start of school. That means only one thing for those in the know. It’s time to start ramping up for Into Orbit FIRST Lego League! For those returning FLL teams, there are lots of changes this season. So many in fact, that many things might seem quite oddly out of place. The 8 pillars of FLL as we have all so earnestly memorized and practiced are now, motto non grata (or depending upon the severity of your Jersey accent, “motto non grotto”)

• We are a team.
• We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
• We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.
• We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
• What we discover is more important than what we win.
• We share our experiences with others.
• We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.
• We have FUN!

How many times have you encountered situations in your lives and thought about which FLL Core Values applied? It has been the standard mantra for coaches and teams for over a decade now (or longer?). All gone! Well, it’s time for change!

Well not really all gone. It’s been reset, renewed, rebooted, refreshed, recast, repackaged, and re-purposed for a new generation of fearless STEM-ing young adults ready to make a difference in the world.

It really does make sense actually. In the intervening 10+ years that the “old” set of Core Values was done by FLL there’s been a massive transformation in the way we work, live, play, and communicate. We went from MySpace to Facebook to Instagram. YouTube didn’t exist in 2004. Now YouTube is watched more than TV. Among youth in 2004, the ratio of messaging app usage to email usage was 1:1. In 2018 that ratio is 10:1. Add in the physical changes in the world that seem to have accelerated in the last dozen years, melting ice caps, shrinking glaciers, record temperatures, and it is easy to see why change was needed.

It’s notable that the anchors of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition have remained. In a sense, it is simply “do the right thing”. That’s how it was in 2005 and that how it remains now, “do the right thing”. From the FIRST website:

We express the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition through our Core Values:

  • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
  • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
  • Impact:  We apply what we learn to improve our world.
  • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
  • Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
  • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!

It’s different from what we knew so well before, but on closer examination, it is so very appropriate for 2018 and beyond. It’s more inspirational. Solve problems. Improve our world. Embrace differences. Enjoy & Celebrate. Work together.

Embrace the core values change and HAVE FUN in your FLL journey this season!

Juniper Networks, Emerald Knights, RoboRocks, Robonators, Exit 5 Robotics, Pitch in at NJ World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Qualifier

The 2nd annual NJ World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Qualifier at the Liberty Science Center blasted by us this past Saturday Aug 4th 2018 and it was all made possible with a healthy dose of 31 volunteers from all walks of STEM and robotics. Juniper Networks sponsored the event and Liberty Science Center graciously provided the venue. Thanks to volunteer staff including:

  • Emerald Knights FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge): Preston Wu – Design Award Judge, Anna Xia – Score Keeper, Angelina Chu – Interviews, David Samolkin – Video
  • RoboRocks: Shining Wang – Sideline Ambassador, Jim Wang – Elementary Category Referee, Geoffrey Zheng – Photography
  • Exit 5 Robotics VRC (VEX Robotics Challenge): Chloe Lam – Junior Category Referee, Tina Wu – Football (Soccer) Referee, Catherine Zhang – Elementary Category Referee, Erin Eagen – Emcee, Holly Lam – Event Organizer, Rachael Prokap – Sideline Ambassador
  • Spongebots FLL (FIRST Lego League): Kelly Eagen – Emcee
  • Robonators VRC: Punit Mahajan – Sideline Manager,  Sharan Peshin – Sideline Ambassador, Eshaan Mahajan – DJ
  • Exit 6 Brobotics: Ryan Lam – Sideline Ambassador, Bill Lam – Event Organizer
  • FTC Referees: Kathy Rutherford – Senior Category Referee, Yitao Yu – WeDo Referee
  • and thanks to Juniper Networks for supplying volunteers, Teamwork Awards, visitor gifts, and a photo booth!

Now the fastest growing robotics competition in NJ, nearly doubling in size from 11 teams in 2017 to 19 teams in 2018. WRO offers competition categories for elementary, junior high, and high school students. Competition categories include a selection of intensive programming and robotics building challenges for students from elementary to high school grades.

Thanks again to all the volunteers who made it possible for 19 teams to compete at this event. For more information on competing in 2019, contact BLam @ wro-usa DOT org.

LRC teams WINJAS and Exit 5A Robotics will be advancing to the WRO US Nationals.

Registration Open for NJ World Robot Olympiad Qualifier WRO at Liberty Science Center LSC Aug 4

World Robot Olympiad qualifier at Liberty Science Center on August 4th still has open spots. 16 teams are currently registered. It’s not too late to sign up a team. We already have one LRC team, Exit 5A Robotics busy getting ready for the qualifier.

Deadline to register is Friday July 27.

  • Build your robot in the morning, compete in the afternoon!
  • No coach or parent involvement at the event
  • Challenge rules are online at
  • 2 to 3 students per team
  • Mindstorms EV3
  • Competition Categories:
    • WeDo (using Lego WeDo system)
    • Elementary Regular (EV3)
    • Middle School Regular (EV3)
    • High School Regular (EV3)
    • Open Category (similar to FLL Project portion)
    • Soccer (EV3)

Spots are currently open for a few more teams. In 2017, three Livingston Robotics Club teams (Livebot – Elementary Category, Exit 5A Robotics – Junior Category, Exit 5 Robotics – Senior Category) qualified for WRO Nationals and two moved on to WRO World Finals in Costa Rica. This year’s World Finals will be held in Thailand in November 2018.

Sponsors: Lego Education, Juniper Networks, National Instruments

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