Youth Leadership Program for LRC FLL Team Members by BASF Toastmaster Club

Thanks to the BASF Toastmaster Club, 15 kids from 9 LRC FLL teams started an 8-week Youth Leadership Program to hone their presentation and leadership skills.

Distinguished Toastmaster Charlie Walter, Vice President Education Bill Davenport, and Yvonne Ferreira (herself a coach for LRC FLL team Dinothunder) ran the first session on September, 21 in the LRC Clubhouse. The kids formed pairs with whom they had not known before, interviewed each other, and introduced their interview partners in front of the entire room. They also elected the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Sergeant-at-Arms for the next 3 sessions.

Livingston Water Facility Tours for LRC FLL teams

Thanks to Livingston Water Department, LRC FLL teams Promethio and RoboRocks got a flush-start of the 2017 FLL Hydro Dynamics season on September, 13 with an inside (literally!) look at several of Livingston Township’s water facilities, including a well, barrack, and tanks.

Jr. Utility Engineer Nathan Kiracofe and assistant Jessica showed the kids how water goes from wells to houses through an intricate system of pumps and pipes.

One of the many fun things that they learned is that if you knock down a fire hydrant in Livingston (don’t do it!), you won’t get a spectacular fountain as seen on TV.

The teams also toured the sewer treatment plant on day before, guided by the superintendent of the sewer utility, Joe Greco.

More water and sewer tours are scheduled in the coming weeks for other LRC teams.

LRC Teams Celebrating the Opening of RWJBarnabas Health’s new Cooperman Pavilion at Saint Barnabas Medical Center

On  Sunday, September 10, 2017 several teams from LRC shared their love for robotics at the opening of RWJBarnabas Health new Cooperman Pavilion at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. RWJBarnabas Health Saint Barnabas Medical Center has been a generous sponsor to the LRC so some of the LRC teams came out to celebrate the momentous occasion for the medical center.

Team members Simon and Tyler Ferreira represented team Dino Thunder. Jannet Chara, Maggie Siao and Chloe Sivitz from team Exit 5A  and Collin Eagen, Revant Maridi, Peter Molzer , Paxton Nithikasem,  Tien Rattanasoontorn, Ton Rattanasoontorn, Anlin Wei, Guang-lin Wei from team Spongebot participated in the celebration.

The teams showed their robots as part of the tech fair at the grand opening of the new five-story, 241,000-square-foot wing of Saint Barnabas Medical Center. The tech fair included demos of cutting-edge medical devices and robotics used in the medical center.

LRC FLL Jr. Expo (May 20, 2017)

Here is the full list of teams. Please double check your team number, name, #of members and #of lunch sets. If your team is not listed here, your team is not registered for our Expo. See our Expo main page. 

Free LEGO WeDo Workshops for Livingston Kids!

UPDATE: We have reached our maximum capacity for the free WeDo workshops. For those who are looking to join our FLL Jr. Expo, the registration for the expo is still open.

Livingston Robotics Club and L.O.V.E. (Lotus Outreach Volunteer Experience) will host four Free LEGO WeDo 2.0 workshops on Wednesdays April 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th from 4:00 PM to 5PM at Livingston Community Center (204 Hillside Ave, Livingston, NJ 07039) in room T1.

This program is for children currently in grades K-3. Each session limits up to eight children and is reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please register by sending an email to with the following information:

Child Name:
WeDo 2.0 Workshop Date (choose one: April 5th, 12th, 19th or 26th):
Phone Number:
Email Address:
School, Grade:

Please note, this is “not” a drop-off event. By registering, you grant the rights to Livingston Robotics Club and (L.O.V.E.) to publish photographs and videos of your child participating in the workshop.

2016 North Jersey FIRST LEGO League State Championship Awards (12/10/2016)

Awards Team # Team Name City
(60 teams)
Champion’s Award, #1 15651 HIPE Robotics Ridgewood
Champion’s Award, #2 5993 MidKnight Minions Plainsboro
Champion’s Award, #3 4295 COLABots Flanders
Robot Strategy & Innovation #1 5991 The Midnight Owls Princeton Junction
Robot Strategy & Innovation #2 7377 Bender Bots West Windsor
Robot Programming, #1 6544 The Green Machine Princeton
Robot Programming, #2 19955 BrainyBots Basking Ridge
Robot Mechanical Design, #1 3411 Thunder South Plainfield
Robot Mechanical Design, #2 16628 The EnVy3 Warren
Project Presentation, #1 24668 Dragonite Ridgewood
Project Presentation, #2 25648 AIM (Ambitious Innovative Minds) Parsippany
Project Innovative Solution, #1 4325 Rocket Bot Trenton
Project Innovative Solution, #2 3607 CoBots Montclair
Project Research, #1 23291 Hackensack Circuits Hackensack
Project Research, #2 8896 HMS Robotics Hillsborough
CV Gracious Professionalism #1 29044 Velocity Princeton
CV Gracious Professionalism #2 18637 RoboRocks Princeton
CV Teamwork, #1 26258 eBorgs East Hanover
CV Teamwork, #2 19732 Nano Gurus 2.0 Morris Plains
CV Inspiration, #1 26361 Montgomery Aqua Cougars Skillman
CV Inspiration, #2 8163 Red Hot Robotics Ridgewood
Robot Performance #1 (262) 5993 MidKnight Minions Plainsboro
Robot Performance #2 (244) 29044 Velocity Princeton
Judges Award 8162 Ryerson Robotics Ringwood
Judges Award 25320 3ngineers Livingston

2016 NJ FIRST LEGO League Qualifiers Results

Awards Team # Team Name City
Bridgewater 11/19/2016 (26 teams)
Champion’s Award 7377* Bender Bots West Windsor
Robot Strategy & Innovation 17390 X-RoboVipers Sayerville
Robot Programming 18440 The Incredible5 Bridgewater
Robot Mechanical Design 3411* Thunder South Plainfield
Project Presentation 25231* Robo Raptors Fair Lawn
Project Innovative Solution 1159 Panther Power Robotics New Providence
Project Research 5237* iBot Builders Holmdel
CV Gracious Professionalism 1899 BRMS Robotics Bridgewater
CV Teamwork 26328 Legitly Lit Legos Metuchen
CV Inspiration 15754* Geared Up Raritan
Robot Performance #1 25231 Robo Raptors Fair Lawn
Judges Award 23361 Minionbots Livingston
Sparta 11/19/2016 (14 teams)
Champion’s Award 25320* 3ngineers Livingston
Robot Design 16610* Nanogurus Morris Plain
Project 4103 Fierce Felines Newton
Core Values 13788 Tech Fire Newton
Robot Performance #1 25320 3ngineers Livingston
State 28805* CHS Robotics Greendell
Bergen, 11/19/2016 (26 teams)
Champion’s Award 15651* HIPE Robotics Ridgewood
Robot Design #1 18528 Mega Bots Ridgewood
Robot Design #2 7739 EA Robots Clifton
Robot Design #3 5620* Demolition Divas Riverdale
Project #1 5780 Ridgefield Robotics Ridgefield
Project #2 24668* Dragonite Ridgewood
Project #3 5475 Millennium Falcons Montvale
Core Values #1 4618 CyberHawks Westwood
Core Values #2 1903* Mavericks Hackensack
Core Values #3 16647* Cavallini Cardinals Saddle River
Robot Performance #1 15651 HIPE Robotics Ridgewood
Robot Performance #2 13802 Lego My Eggo Lincoln Park
Robot Performance #3 18528 Mega Bots Ridgewood
State 23291* Hackensack Circuits Hackensack
Hillsborough, 11/19/2016 (26 teams)
Champion’s Award 24574* Robot Corps Princeton
Research 15836 St. James OCTOBOTS Woodbridge
Innovation Solution 16131* Fire Breathing Ice Dragons Flemington
Presentation 8463 NBMS White Team New Brunswick
Mechanical Design 8896* HMS Robotics Hillsborough
Programming 16628* The EnVy3 Warren
Strategy and Innovation 16130 Revolutionary Robotics Rescuers Flemington
Inspiration 26361* Montgomery Aqua Cougars Skillman
Teamwork 2228 Exit 5A Robotics Livingston
Gracious Professionalism 27294* St. James Hammer Droids Woodbridge
Clifton, 11/19/2016 (43 teams)
Champion’s Award 4295* COLABots Flanders
Champion’s Award 3607* CoBots Montclair
Robot Design 8162* Ryerson Robotics Ringwood
Robot Design 26258* eBorgs East Hanover
Robot Design 23122 Mindtech Rutherford
Project 16287 Illuminati-botz Fair Lawn
Project 4774 Madison Madison
Project 15853 Lego Super Starz Parsippany
Core Values 23702* RoboRocks Livingston
Core Values 11840 Northstar 1818 Newark
Core Values 6963 Spongebot Livingston
Robot Performance #1 23702 RoboRocks Livingston
Robot Performance #2 8162 Ryerson Robotics Ringwood
Robot Performance #3 4295 COLABots Flanders
Judges Award 8063 Ro-Bits Montclair
Judges Award 27901 Eagles & Dragons East Orange
Judges Award 11768 Buzz Aldrin ETC Montclair
Rookie Rising Star 25788 Hamilton Hackers Jersey City
Rookie Project 26456* Robo Renegades Montclair
Imagery 8369* Fellowship of the Brick Westfield
Team Spirit 4994 Team Teknic Union
MSE Inspiration 3099* STA Megamasters Bloomfield
Rookie All Star 27313 The Time Masters Ridgewood
Ref’s Innovative Strategy 15750 Wildfire Towaco
Against All Odds 2986 Bionic Bruins North Bergen
State 23257* Roboken Hoboken
State 8163* Red Hot Robotics Ringwood
Steinert, 11/19/2016 (26 teams)
Champion’s Award 4527* Galaxy 5 North Brunswick
Robot Design 18637* RoboRocks Princeton
Project 27817 Expecto Robotum Robbinsville
Core Values 4527 Galaxy 5 North Brunswick
Robot Performance 2076* Lego Wizards South Plainfield
Gracious Professionalism 4325* Rocket Bot Trenton
Rising Star 24557 The Electrons Trenton
State 16831* IDK Trenton
State 11868* EnergySmart Somerset
Margaret “Marge” Cyran Mentor Awrad 4527 Manoj Bohra of Galaxy 5 North Brunswick
Ewing 11/19/2016 (26 teams)
Champion’s Award #1 426* Robothunder East Windsor
Champion’s Award #2 3531* Robots of the Generation Parsippany
Robot Design #1 6544* Green Machine Princeton
Robot Design #2 15929 Orange Alert Princeton
Project #1 24727* Circuit Breakers Lawrence
Project #2 15880 Robo Warriors Edison
Core Values #1 2950* Dream Green Machine Princeton
Core Values #2 24404 RoboAha Pennington
Robot Performance 2943 PirateBots Short Hills
Judge Award 22047 Legotastic Summit
Judge Award 27871 Deer Diary-reah Flemington
State  2943*  PirateBots  Short Hills
West Windsor 11/19/2016 (26 teams)
Champion’s Award 5993* MidKnight Minions Plainsboro
Robot Design #1 5991* MidKnight Owls Plainsboro
Robot Design #2 24663 SMILE (SMart Inspired Lego Engineers) Princeton
Project #1 23243 The MidKnight Champs Princeton Junction
Project #2 28298* CMS Automation (Silver) Plainsboro
Core Values #1 958* Robo Rockets South Plainfield
Core Values #2 28615 BOT Builders Plainsboro
Robot Performance #1 958 Robo Rockets South Plainfield
Robot Performance #2 5991 MidKnight Owls MidKnight Owls
State 14801* Mystical Minions Plainsboro
Bound Brook 11/19/2016 (12 teams)
Champion’s Award 12839* Thunderbolts Edison
Robot Design 24705 Robo Rampagers Basking Ridge
Project 11301 RoboDevils Livingston
Core Values 9643 Lego Lords Annadale
Robot Performance #1 15809* HoxRox Bedminster
Mt. Olive 11/19/2016 (12 teams)
Champion’s Award 19955* BrainyBots Basking Ridge
Robot Design 869* LEGO My Eggo Budd Lake
Project 24781 SixRoboteers Budd Lake
Core Values 21518 Robo Chicks & Co. Budd Lake
Robot Performance #1 869 LEGO My Eggo Budd Lake
Judges Award 28535 Robo-Ninjas Bloomfield
Chester 11/19/2016 (12 teams)
Champion’s Award 26532* PJMS Robtics – Lions Sparta
Robot Design 25321 NanoGurus 3.0 Morris Plains
Project 25648* AIM (Ambitious, Innovative Minds) Parsippany
Core Values 2659 Hyper Nike Flanders
Robot Performance #1 6598 PJMS Robotics – Jaguars Sparta
Judges Award 7546 Rockin Robots Chatham
Liberty Science Center 12/3/2016 (11 teams)
Champion’s Award 29044* Velocity Princeton
Robot Design
Core Values
Robot Performance #1
Rookie Inspiration
State  19732*  NanoGurus 2.0 Morris Plains
Jersey City 12/3/2016 (16 teams)
Champion’s Award 6306* PS17 Eagles Jersey City
State 6313* PS37 Jersey City
State 6317* Academy 1 Jersey City
Orange 12/3/2016 (10 teams)
Champion’s Award 14976* Bison Robotics Orange
Robot Performance 24762* Oakwwod Street School Orange
Robot Design 24762 Oakwwod Street School Orange
Project 14645 Heywood Street School Orange
Core Values 21557 Lincoln Street School Orange
* Advancing to State Championship
Livingston Robotics Club teams

FLL/LRC Presentation at Mini Maker Faire, Barnes & Noble


Team RoboRocks was one of the LRC FLL teams that presented at the Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Livingston Mall.

We showcased our FLL competition robot, introduced visitors to the wonderful programs of FIRST Lego League, and talked about our project research and solutions about preventing deer from eating backyard plants. We also presented a prototype of our interactive “Deer-Off Dog”.

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RoboRocks team page

Global Innovation Ambassadors Inspire Children at World Maker Faire

Spongebot members who participated in the FLL Global Innovation in the last season as Team A.I.R. brought their invention to inspire other children at World Maker Faire in New York on October 1-2. The team is among more than 950 exhibitors at the event with many thousands visitors.

Our members who are also FLL Global Innovation Ambassadors showcased the Artificial Intelligence Recycler and gave demonstrations on how they used computer vision, machine learning and robotics in the project.

At the Faire, we also met many makers who worked hard in getting children involved. Check out our neighboring makers from Let’s Make Robots.

At the end of the two-day event, MAKE magazine staff handed out the World Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Award. Our team is very proud to be one of the award recipients.

Read more from:

Our team page: Team A.I.R.



Thirty teams from eight counties come to Livingston to showcase their work

On May 21, 2016, thirty Junior FIRST LEGO League teams come to the 7th Annual LRC Jr.FLL Expo. Children ages 6-9 from across northern New Jersey showcased their “Waste Wise” research projects on the topics of waste management. Many teams used LEGO WeDo and LEGO EV3 robotics kits as part of their model creation.

At the Expo, Exit 5A Robotics, and all-girl FIRST LEGO League team of LRC gave demonstrations of “Trash Trek” missions. They also ran a robot vs. radio-controlled car. Another all-girl LRC team, Exit 5 Robotics let children play with their VEX robot.

This year’s theme activities were related to waste management technology. Team A.I.R., a member of LRC, had the public debut of their Artificial Intelligence Recycler (A.I.R) machine. The team is a semi-finalist of the FLL Global Innovation Award competition to be on June 20-22 at the headquarters of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Additionally, Blue Diamond Disposal brought their latest green garbage truck. Each Jr.FLL participant was able to operate truck’s robotic arm to grab and lift a trash bin.

The event was co-hosted by Spongebot (Team A.I.R.) and Exit 5A Robotics, sponsored by St. Barnabas Medical Center. More information can be found on the event page here.

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