2013-2014 Season (Disaster Blaster)

The Expo

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The LRC Jr.FLL Expo was held on May 24, 2014. The theme for the season was about natural disasters. Children were asked to learn about a natural disaster and to figure out how to prepare, be safe and recover from such disasters. There were 28 teams from 15 towns in 9 counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex , Morris, Somerset , Union, and Putnam NY.
The participants enjoyed the following activities:

  • A 45-minute interactive science show by “Mad Science” (from 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM). The show included demonstrations of weather related elements through fun activities: 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.
  • Jr. FLL teams (ages 6-9) presenting their “Disaster Blaster” projects and LEGO models that incorporate motors and computer programming.
  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robot demonstration by team LandroidsAlpha Force, Super Solution, Spongebots and Exit 5 Robotics
  • Ball throwing robot by FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team Mechanical Mustangs
  • Family friendly activities including a petting zoo, art & craft, face painters, a giant blow-up obstacle course and slides, adopt-a-pet, and a chalk walk, food and music among others.

The Post-Expo Surprise

The participants were invited in the Summer of 2014 to visit the Weston Observatory and iRobot headquarters to 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.

The Results

Team Town Award
#253 Ro-bots West Orange Cool Programming
#282 Darkside Champions South Orange Most Explosive
#283 The Masterbuilders Maplewood Inquiring Minds
#284 The Fellowship of the Bricks Maplewood Complexity and Decoration
#720 RoboBlast Plainsboro Gracious Professionalism
#930 Lego Masterminds Westfield Complexity and Decoration
#1502 Robokids North Brunswick Cool Programming
#1827 Awesome AVP Princeton Awesome Machine
#2084 Makers & Brakers Secaucus Inquiring Minds
#2580 Lego Hurricanes Montclair Team Spirit
#2637 Avengers Glenn Ridge Super Sensor
#2924 Lego Super Starz Parsippany Super Sensor
#2957 Robotic Ninjas Montclair Amazing Robot Design
#3364 Lego Angels Plansboro Super Researchers
#3417 Smartbots Tenafly Most Explosive
#3423 The Electrons Livingston Impressive Coding
#3534 Monty Lego Experts Skillman Effort and Learning
#3598 RoboChicas West Orange Effort and Learning
#3607 Secaucus Jewels Secaucus Super Researchers
#3610 Lego Launchers Livingston Construction Innovation
#3686 Masters of Disaster Livingston Innovation
#3687 Last of the Tsunamis Livingston Innovative Programming
#3688 Lego Crafters Livingston Effort and Learning
#3689 Disaster Masters Livingston Gracious Professionalism
#3690 Storm Blasters Livingston Amazing Robot Design
#3742 Ultimate Tsunami Garrison NY Gracious Professionalism
#3846 Robo Builders Montclair Team Spirit
#3706 Robo Toc Livingston Awesome Machine

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