LIVINGSTON, NJ – Livingston Public Schools (LPS) has announced that Livingston High School Robotics, coached by Jim Novotny, Supervisor of Technology at Livingston Public Schools, is headed to the World Championships in St. Louis. The team won the Think Award on March 19-21 in Scranton, Pa. in the First Tech Challenge East Super Regional Championship.
          
The First Tech Challenge (FTC) is a robotics competition for students in grades seven-12 where separate teams compete by designing, building, and programming a robot to complete certain tasks. They also organize community outreach events to spread STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) education.
 
The Think Award is earned for creating and presenting a well-organized Engineering Notebook. This notebook includes documentation of all of the work that was put into making the robot. By winning the Think Award, the Lancers qualified for the Worlds Championship in April.
 
This year’s FTC game is Cascade Effect. The goal of the competition is to create a robot capable of picking up Wiffle balls and putting them in tubes of varying heights.
 
After winning six out of their nine qualifying matches, the Lancers placed seventh in their division. During semifinals, the Lancers were selected to be part of an alliance with the Evil Purple Socks Robotics team from Lebanon, Va., and Renegade Robotics from northern Rhode Island. However, they lost two out of the three semifinal matches and were not able to move on to represent their division during the final matches.

According to LPS, the Worlds Championship is a huge accomplishment and requires a lot of funding and resources. The Lancers are looking for sponsors and donors to help them reach the top and to assist them on their journey. Anyone interested in helping to support the team should send an email to ftc3415@gmail.com.