Essex County Freeholders Honor Livingston Robotics Club Teams


NEWARK, NJ – The RoboRocks and the 3Engineers from the Livingston Robotics Club were recently honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for their hard work and tremendous accomplishments, especially as first time competitors in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL), Competition

Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein was also present during the presentation and shared remarks congratulating the team for their success and fantastic innovations. At-Large Freeholder and Livingston resident Patricia Sebold, who sponsored the commendations, praised both teams as she presented them with citations.

“Both teams are from Livingston, and Livingston is my hometown,” said Sebold. “I’ve lived in Livingston since 1962, and I am proud to honor the 3Engineers and Roborocks.”

Sign Up for E-News

The Livingston Robotics Club Team has been very busy during the 2016 season, capturing recognitions throughout the year, according to the board.

In December, the 3Engineers competed in the North Jersey FIRST LEGO League State Championship and won the “Champion’s Award” and the “Judges Award.” The team also won the “1st Place Robot Game Award” at the 2016 FLL Sparta Qualifying Tournament.

The RoboRocks won the “Core Values Award” and the “1st Place Robot Game Award” at the 2016 FIRST LEGO League Clifton Qualifying Tournament and also participated in the 2016 Northern New Jersey FLL State Championship Competition.

The RoboRocks and the 3Engineers competed in the FLL State Championship for the first time against 60 teams composed of children from ages 9 to 14 from Northern New Jersey. The teams were judged in three areas, including: project, robot design, and core values. The competition was composed of a three-round robot game.

This year’s theme was “Animal Allies,” focusing on challenging students to create an innovative solution to solve a real-world problem to improve the interactions between humans and animals. The teams designed, built and programmed an autonomous robot to compete in the “Robot Game,” which comprised many missions related to the “Animal Allies” theme.

The tham’s goal was to create an innovative tool to improve relationships between animals and humans, and the 3Engineers Team accomplished this by presenting a drone to provide tracking and communication to rangers to stop poachers from killing African rhinos. Equally as innovative, the RoboRocks Team presented a prototype, the Deer-Off Dog, which uses lights and sounds to scare deer away from the backyards.

The Livingston Robotics Club Team was founded in August 2007 and was formally named Livingston Robotics Club and became a 501(c)(3) in 2008. Its mission is to provide a community-based experience-sharing network to introduce Livingston area youth to robotics design and real-life science research, consistent with the vision of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST).

Today, the club has grown to become a Kindergarten-to 12th-grade community-based science and robotics organization with more than 100 student members from Livingston and surrounding towns. The club is composed of 30 volunteer parents and mentors that lead the teams, and they encourage youth to actively partake in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with hands-on project based learning.

Jay Slavin, Chandu Mulinti and Sachin Sawant coached the 3Engineers Team whose members are: Logan Slavin, Aarav Mulinti, and Kavin Sawant. Geoffrey Zheng and Jim Wang coached the RoboRocks Team whose members are: Kevin Zhang, Shining Wang, Isabelle Gao, Valentina Zheng, Hannah Shi, and Grant Zhou.

The coaches also shared remarks, thanking the board for the commendations and recognition. The coaches stressed that the kids’ efforts were a combination of both STEM education and teamwork. The teams look forward to achieving more success in the future. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Deegan Dental Implant Special!

June 19, 2018


Deegan Dental is happy to announce our New Dental Implant Special Offer that will give you a reason to smile! Our New Special Offer, that expires 11/30/2018, covers a single Complete Tooth Replacement (including the Implant, Stock Abutment and E-max Crown) for only $2,200 per Implant; a Great Value ...

Free Smoothie 2-7 p.m. at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Friday, June 15, 2018 is National Flip Flop Day, created by Tropical Smoothie Cafe to celebrate their customers and kick-off their fundraising for Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine.

From 2 to 7 p.m. June 15, get a free limited-edition Sunshine Smoothie when you wear flip flops to any of the 600-plus locations including the Livingston café!

No coupon or ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, June 21, 7:00 PM


Flexibility in Retirement

Business & Finance


Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM


MakerFest 2018

Tue, July 17, 7:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Organically Yours: a wellness experience with ...

Millburn's Peter Serruto Drafted by Cincinnati Reds

June 6, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - Peter Serruto, who just completed his senior season at Millburn High School, was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 22d round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Wednesday.

Serruto was the 649th pick overall.

The 6-foot, 190-pound right-handed batter has been a defensive standout since he first suited up in a Millburn uniform as a freshman.

"Defensively, ...

Livingston’s Electronics and Paper Shredding Event: Sunday, June 24

June 21, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Township of Livingston is holding an Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event on Sunday, June 24. Livingston residents may take their electronics and confidential papers to the rear and side parking lots of the Senior/Community Center at 204 Hillside Ave. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Under the Township’s recycling ordinance and New Jersey state law, it is ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...