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State-Wide Junior FIRST LEGO League Robotics Expo Held in Livingston

The Alternative Press Staff, Livingston Robotics Club Staff

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • 10:36pm

LIVINGSTON, NJ -The Livingston Robotics Club (LRC), with its event sponsor, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, organized and held the 5th Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo (FLL) in Livingston on May 24, during the Livingston Youth Appreciation Week celebration. There were 28 participating teams, which came from 14 towns in eight counties of New Jersey, and one town in Putnam County of New York.

The event was hosted by Livingston’s FTC team, the Landroids, the founding team of the Livingston Robotics Club. However, it was the team’s last event, as the majority of the Landroids are graduating high school this year. In preparation for the future, new-comer FLL team, the Spongebots, which comprises five children in grades four and five, helped co-host with the Landroids this year. In the future, they will host and continue this annual state-wide event in Livingston, with the support of other LRC teams.

The Expo invited teams of children ages six to nine, to participate by working on a science project about natural disasters in the theme called, “Disaster Blaster.” Prior to the event, the teams did research posters on how to prepare, stay safe and recover from natural disasters. Then, as part of the program, on May 24, the children built LEGO’s that included robotics parts to control the movements of the model.

The outdoor Expo began in the morning with the display of the work of eight teams from Livingston, and 20 teams from Glenn Ridge, Maplewood, Montclair, North Brunswick, Parsippany, Plainsboro, Princeton, Secaucus, Skillman, South Orange, Tenafly, West Orange, Westfield and Garrison, New York.

The teams first displayed their work and explained their projects to the spectators and the “reviewers”—judges for this non-competitive program.

There were also demonstrations of bigger robots made by teams of older students, which included a FIRST Robotic Competition (FRC) team, Mechanical Mustangs 3314 from Clifton High School, and five Livingston Robotics Club FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams: Landroids, Alpha Force, Super Solutions, Spongebots and Exit 5 Robotics.

The event continued into the afternoon with live science demonstrations by Mad Science related to natural disasters. Children participated in activities like experimenting with vortex generators and riding on a hovercraft to learn about one of the main weather elements—air pressure.

Participants also learned how lightning can ignite wildfires by observing how papers can catch fire from a Tesla coil.

After the enrichment activities, each team was given an award title based on the strength of the team. All awards were of equal value.

The teams ended the day with family-friendly activities that were part of Livingston’s Youth Appreciation Week ­­­­­­­outdoor festival. Many activities included a petting zoo, arts & crafts, face painting, go karts, giant blow-up obstacle courses and slides, a chalk walk, food and music.

Below are the results from the 5th Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo:

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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