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FTC “Block Party” Kickoff

[ September 7, 2013; ] NJ FTC Kickoff
Date: 9/7/13
Location: Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ

Ring It Up! Bring It On!


Another FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) season is here!  Today, the 2012-13 FTC game “Ring It Up” was unveiled. Teams have been highly anticipating the kickoff, and now is time to brainstorm and learn new skills, especially with this new unlimited raw materials rule.
During summer of 2012, Landroids was very busy, as usual.  Our team met [...]

March Reflection

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After 6 months of non-stop FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) training and competitions, Landroids finally got a short break in March, before heading out to the FTC World Championship in St. Louis at the end of April.
Since September, our team has attended one workshop, one field trip, 3 scrimmages, hosted 4 outreach exhibitions, volunteered at 2 [...]

Nourishing Our Roots

Four years ago this month in 2007, team Landroids received our first of the two NJ State FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Champion’s Award as a FLL rookie.  In midst of surprise and shock, the words that described a Champion’s Award recipient as the “total embodiment of FIRST” was forever etched in our minds. Ever since [...]

Liberty Science Center FLL Qualifier, 12/3/11


[ December 3, 2011; 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] FTC team Landroids #4220 is hosting the pilot NJ FIRST LEGO League “Food Factor” qualifier at Liberty Science Center on Saturday December 3, 2011!

Our sister FLL team Landrias #4282 will also be on hand as the ambassador of FLL in this event.

The 12 participating New Jersey FIRST LEGO League teams are:

977    The Inators (Teaneck)
1884    RoboCougars (Chatham)
4144    [...]

“Bowled Over”: Full Speed Ahead


In the past 4 weekends, NJ FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) has already held 5 scrimmages. With the numerous opportunities to test their designs at scrimmages, NJ FTC teams have developed and demonstrated some pretty impressive capabilities to tackle the “Bowled Over” challenge.  From different designs for mass-harvesting balls into crates, pushing the 6-pound bowling ball [...]

Landroids invited to X PRIZE Exploration Prize Group press event, 10/6/11

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On 10/6/11, team Landroids was invited to attend the X PRIZE Foundation press conference held at the historic NYC Explorer’s Club, as the 2010 MoonBots champions and young ambassadors of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. (For more event photos and details, see Landroids’ Facebook).
In this press event, X PRIZE announced their new three-year, [...]

Bowled Over Season Started

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It has been 3 weeks since the FTC kickoff, we are off to a slow start.
After an extremely busy summer, Landroids took a team field trip to visit the NYC World Maker Faire on 9/17/11.  It was an inspirational day to see all the different robots, electronics, and 3-D printings. Our team was the first [...]

FTC “Bowled Over”

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With much anticipation followed a full day of FTC workshop, the 2011 FIRST Tech Challenge “Bowled Over” was finally revealed on September, 10, 2011.
One of our team member has corrected guessed “bowling”, but certainly not bowling uphill, tripping over 100 racket balls while stacking crates and picking out the magnetic balls.  With the new season, a [...]

Life after FLL = FTC


It is that time of the year to think about what to do this upcoming September as the next step for your graduating FLL team.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is challenging, exciting, rewarding and just plain fun. But all good things must come to an end, right? What do you do when the team aged out [...]

2011 FTC FIRST World Championship INNOVATE Award Robot Design

Hailed by the judges at the 2011 FTC FIRST World Championship as the “Alphabet Soup of Innovations”, the Landroids’ robot won the 2011 Rockwell Collins Innovate Award for its innovative and creative design in the ”Get Over It” season.
Since day one of our rookie FTC season, Landroids has decided to set our goal on actively detect, [...]

Essex County Fishing Derby

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[ May 7, 2011; 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] Landroids annual fishing derby, robot will also attend.

Grover Cleveland Park, Caldwell/Essex Fells

(for age 15 and under)

Google Science Fair Interviewed team Landroids

It seemed like an odd choice for Google to be interested in interviewing the Landroids,…. in addition to talking with several renowned scientists from around the world to promote the Google Science Fair.  After all, isn’t Landroids just a neighbor robotics team who plays with LEGO?
Somehow, Google knew that team Landroids is not just about [...]

Championship, Exhibition, Outreach, Competition

Talk about multi-tasking to the max! Somehow, Landroids managed to compete in a FTC Championship, host a robotics exhibition, setup a new clubhouse, on camera for a Google interview, submit for a science competition, participate in a FTC outreach, and be featured in an online magazine, all in two week’s time!
Landroids competed at the NJ [...]

Landroids won NJ FTC Qualifier Inspire Award 12/18/10


Landroids received the Inspire Award and Winning Alliance Award at the NJ FIRST Tech Challenge “Frozen Frenzy” qualify on December 18, 2010, held at our hometown Livingston High School.  As a rookie FTC team this year, the journey to get to this point since September, has taken a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication.
Early [...]

An Online Chat with Dean and MythBusters

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[ November 17, 2010; 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. ] On November 17 at 12pm ET, join host former Vice President Al Gore, inventor Dean Kamen, astronaut Sally Ride, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” and young people from around the world for an interactive discussion exploring youth attitudes on math and science, and what these subjects mean for future success.

Raise Your [...]

New “Dean of Invention” TV Series

Our FIRST pioneer Dean Kamen is hosting a new TV series on the Discovery Channel/Planet Green called the “Dean of Invention“, a new show dedicated to the world’s greatest scientific breakthroughs of today.
Want to see more of Dean in his signature blue jean shirt?  Tune in on October 22, 2010 at 10/9c PM for the [...]

“Dean of Invention” TV series

[ October 22, 2010; 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm. ] A new Discovery Channel/Planet Green series called “Dean of Invention” hosted by Dean Kamen.  Preview them now and tune in on October 22, 2010 at 10 PM.

Landroids as FTC team #4220


Landroids is now formally a FIRST Tech Challenge team #4220 for the “Get Over It” season.   This weekend, we finally opened our FTC kit, got our new team shirts (the FLL shirts are full of holes from the buttons collected), and attended the NJ FTC kickoff party on 9/11/10.  We are a rookie FTC [...]

Moonbots Count Down

All those long summer days and nights are counting down to the last 24 hours of the Moonbots competition deadline on August 22, 2010, midnight. Actually, it has been more like long nights and short summer, with all work and little play.  Landroids is wrapping up our files and programming, with only 3 men left [...]

NJ FTC Workshop 8/14/10


It wasn’t easy, but we managed.  It was the first time this summer when we were able to round up most of the team members (except for Brian who is out of the country) to attend the NJ FTC workshop. Everyone has either been on vacation, attending summer schools or summer camps, or taking turn [...]

Get Ready for Body Forward

It is here! Some of the FLL teams have received the “Body Forward” field kit already. If you have not register a team yet, best to hurry up. Have fun and good luck!

New Lunar Landroids Website

Lunar Landroids is a special Landroids blog released on May 28, 2010, dedicated to the 2010 Moonbots Challenge.  Our team documented all the sensor testings (Gyro, EOPD, Compass, Accelerometer, IR Link, Ultrasonic, etc.), robot design, LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) renderings, and the process of making our video essay during our 5 weeks of Phase 1 design. [...]

FLL Core Value Team Nomination

Landroids was nominated as a FIRST LEGO League Core Value team. Although not attending the 2010 World Festival, our team was recognized as demonstrated FLL Core Values throughout the season and was nominated to attend.  However, Landroids coaches and team member will be at the the World Festival as FLL volunteers and FTC team mentors. Look [...]

Lancers won NYC FTC Inspire Award!

Lancers FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team from Livingston High School, NJ won the NYC FTC Inspire Award on 3/13/10 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.  Lancers is a second year team but competed for the first time in the official tournaments this year. Congratulations to Lancers who is eligibled to go to the FIRST Tech [...]

Landroids FLL Team Video (8/07 – 12/09)

Three seasons (2-1/2 years) of FIRST LEGO League, a life time of best friends since kindergarten. Year-round of hard work, research, playing, exhibitions, competitions and FLL outreach.

LRC in the News

For the season-long newsletter coverages on Livingston Robotics Club, see:
The AlternativePress, November 30, 2009
HCHY of Livingston, LRC news


Livingston Robotics Club teams will be seen on Livingston Television on November 15, 2009.

Livingston Television (LTV) will produce its second annual LIVE telecast, “A Celebration of Livingston,” on Sunday, November 15 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Senior/Community Center and will air LIVE. Livingston Robotics Club (LRC) has been invited to be [...]

“Gearing Up”

Watch this one-hour documentary chronicles behind-the-scenes drama and excitement leading up to the 2008 FIRST Robotics Competition. Teams receive identical robot kits with no instructions and have just six weeks to build a robot capable of performing specific tasks.
The documentary follows four teams through their regional competitions. Miss Daisy is a seasoned team from Ambler, [...]

NJ FLL Qualifying Event Registration is now opened

The NJ FLL qualifying event registration is opened from 10/1/09 to 10/16/09.
To register a qualifying event, go to to log in your team.
Then click the upper left tap “Events”
On the My Events page you just opened, scroll all the way down to find the NJ event group in the left column, click on “New [...]