LRC FLL Jr. Expo, Livingston, New Jersey

Join us in our annual outdoor FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.) Expo event.


NOTE: The onsite Expo for 2020 is canceled.

 

Registration:  See the instructions for registration here (applications that are submitted through the FIRST Dashboard, firstinspires.org, will not reach us. Please follow the instructions provided in that link.)

When: Saturday, May 16, 2020, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM rain or shine. This will be our 11th Expo! The Boomtown Build Expo is hosted by Team Flame Machines.

Important note on the time for 2020 Expo: Due to 2-hour long enrichment activity this year, teams will be split in 2 groups:

  • The first group will arrive at 9:00am for the setup, followed by the enrichment activity, then judging. The award ceremony will be completed by 2:30pm
  • The second group will arrive at 10:00am for the setup, followed by judging, and award ceremony. The teams will then participate in the two-hour enrichment activity which will be completed by 3:30pm.

Where:  At the Livingston High School

Extra Activities

Livingston Robotics Club’s FLL Jr. Expo is a unique experience that combines a day of outdoor carnival setting with a fun show ‘n tell to share your FLL Jr. research, and an array of free enrichment activities. There are demonstrations from FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition robots there to present a full array of the FIRST programs.

Our Jr FLL Expo 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.

FLL Jr. Expo Enrichment Activities*

Click here to see our past programs (2010 Smart Move2011 Body Forward2012 Snack Attack, 2013 Super Seniors2014 Disaster Blaster2015 Think Tank2016 Waste Wise2017 Creature Craze, and Auqa Adventure) to get an idea of what our Expo is like.

In addition to the exhibitions done by children at a typical FLL Jr. 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2012 Snack Attack: a 45-minutes interactive live science demonstrations by Mad Science about chemistry behind food. Stuff the Bus food drive.
  • 2013 Super Seniors: a 45-minutes interactive live science demonstrations by Mad Science related to medicines.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Jr. participants got a chance to operate the truck’s robotic arm to lift a trash bin onto the truck.
  • 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.
  • 2018 Aqua Adventure: In 2018, we slightly changed the theme of our enrichment activities. We would like to encourage the FLL Jr. 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!
  • 2019 Mission Moon: Children enjoyed the Rocket Science activities provided by Mad Science.
  • 2020 Boomtown Build: Special 2-hour enrichment activity on Boomtown Build! Details will be announced.

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

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