Livingston Robotics Club
Livingston Robotics Club based in Livingston, New Jersey was founded in August 2007 when the very first FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team Landroids was formed in the neighborhood. By the end of 2008, anticipating growth and future advance of older students into the high school level FIRST divisions, Livingston Robotics Club (LRC) formally became a part of the 501(c)(3) Healthy Community Healthy Youth of Livingston Initiative of Livingston, Inc. (HCHY). This enables the Club to structured as a community-wide, non-profit organization, and be eligible to receive tax exempt corporate sponsorships and donations.
Livingston Robotics Club is funded and operated by passionate parents as team coaches and parents on a voluntary basis. We are not affiliated with the schools. Our mission is to provide a community-base, experience-sharing network to introduce New Jersey area youth to robotics design and real-life science research, consistent with the vision of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The Club is to inspire student’s interests in science, technology, engineering and math by engaging them in a parent/mentor-based program, that encourages innovative out-of-the-box thinking, and foster well-rounded life skills, such as self-confidence, time management, communication, teamwork and leadership.
Club enrollment is open to all eligable students in the neighboring communities as long as their parents are willing and prepared to coach and mentor his/her child’s team. Each team is operated independently, but will have the benefit of sharing training resources and experiences, as well as being mentored by the Landroids.
In 2007, LRC consisted of 7 Landroids members, 2 coaches, and a group of dedicated team parents.
Followed Landroids’ success in the first season as the founder team, by the spring of 2011, LRC has expanded to 13 teams, which include 1 FTC team, 5 FLL teams and 7 Jr. FLL teams, consisted of 20 parent coaches, more than 60 students ranging from kindergarten to high school. Starting from just within the Livingston area, due to popular demands, the Club has expanded to include members from all over New Jersey, covering Livingston, Morris Plains, South Orange, West Orange, East Hanover, Pine Brook, Kearney, Short Hills, Basking Ridge, South Hampton and Old Bridge areas.
Each year, most of the LRC FLL teams would advance into the State tournament and receive top awards. This represented an unprecedented high percentage of recognition given to any New Jersey town, organization or school district for such student-oriented activity. Landroids also serves as a role model to create many volunteering and outreach opportunities, and encourage teams to participate in various science and robotics competitions. The LRC’s successes are due to the combined efforts of hard-working student participants, dedicated volunteer coaches, as well as supportive team parents.
Due to the continuous Club expansion, Livingston Robotics Club has established a new Club website in the summer of 2010, separating out from the landroids.org team website. Click on the LRC logo to get to our new Club page: http://www.livingstonrobotics.org/. Also visit the LRC YouTube channel for related videos.
Resources regarding the FIRST LEGO League compiled by the Landroids over the years are available by clicking HERE, or see the ”Resources” page on the LRC website.