LRC FLL Explore Expo, Livingston, New Jersey

Livingston Robotics Club’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Explore Expo is a unique experience that combines a day of outdoor carnival setting with a fun Show ‘n Tell to share your FLL Explore experiences, and an array of free enrichment activities. There are usually demonstrations from a wide range of advanced robotics programs such as FLL Challenge, FTC, RoboCup, VEX, WRO, etc.

Previous Expos

Our FLL Explore Expo usually coincides with the Family Festival Day of the annual Livingston Youth Appreciation Celebration (YAC). Participants of our Expo can also enjoy other free town-wide outdoor events for kids of all ages to have fun.

Our past Expos can give you an idea of what the event is like. In addition to the exhibitions done by children at a typical FLL Explore Expo, we add special exhibitions and enrichment activities for participants provide enrichment contents and to inspire our young scientists and engineers. Some years there were also post-Expo activities:

  1. 2022 Cargo Connect: 29 teams celebrated the first and only in-person Expo in FIRST Mid-Atlantic region, and enjoyed demonstrations for FLL Challenge, FTC, RoboCup, VEX IQ, and VRC.
  2. 2021 Play Maker: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted the expo virtually.
  3. 2020 Boomtown Build: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted the expo virtually.
  4. 2019 Mission Moon: Children enjoyed the Rocket Science activities provided by Mad Science.
  5. 2018 Aqua Adventure: In 2018, we slightly changed the theme of our enrichment activities. We would like to encourage the FLL Explore teams to continue to be excited beyond the current season. We introduced the theme of the following year’s Challenge (Mission Moon) at our Expo with fun interactive activities. Children enjoyed building paper rocket and launched them to the moon!
  6. 2017 Creature Craze: Going back to the prehistoric time when there was no interaction between human and animals. DinosaursRock brought a museum to our Expo. They ran an interactive show with many artifacts about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. At the end of the show, children enjoyed a Fossil Dig activity.
  7. 2016 Waste Wise: Team A.I.R. made the public debut of the Artificial Intelligence Recycler (A.I.R.) machine ahead of the FLL Global Innovation Award in June held at the headquarters of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Blue Diamond Disposal brought their latest garbage truck with automatic side loader. All FLL Explore participants got a chance to operate the truck’s robotic arm to lift a trash bin onto the truck.
  8. 2015 Think Tank: With the theme of places and tools for learning, we set up our 3D Printer Village to show the tools, 3D printers. There were DIY and open source printers built by students. The exhibiting printers including: Kossel Mini, Prusa i3, Ultimaker Original, and TETRIX printer.
  9. 2014 Disaster Blaster: a 45-minutes interactive live science demonstrations by Mad Science through fun activities such as vortex generator and hovercraft riding to demonstrate air pressure; Tesla coil and a piece of paper can catch fire to demonstrate the result of wild fires by lightnings; and a demonstration with chemical volcanic eruption. The participants were invited in the Summer of 2014 to visit the Weston Observatory and iRobot headquarters and make a connection to real-world applications by seeing New England earthquake monitoring station and robots that can help in rescue missions. See this article for details of the post-expo event.
  10. 2013 Super Seniors: a 45-minutes interactive live science demonstrations by Mad Science related to medicines.
  11. 2012 Snack Attack: a 45-minutes interactive live science demonstrations by Mad Science about chemistry behind food. Stuff the Bus food drive.
  12. 2011 Body Forward: BioBus, a mobile biomedical engineering lab plus field trip to St. Barnabas Medical Center to attend a special hands-on workshop in robotic surgery. They got to try out daVinci Surgery system. See this article for details of the post-expo event.
  13. 2010 Smart Move: Live video conference with NASA’s  Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer on the Curiosity Mars rover that they were building. Computerized driver-less SUV from Princeton University. the participants created a card and sent it to NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission team (builders of Curiosity Mars rover). They received the response back from the mission team. See this article for the full story on that.

* Special exhibits and activities (including post-Expo event) are subject to change or cancellation without notice. 

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