LIVINGSTON, NJ — Five Livingston Public Schools students—including Mt. Pleasant Middle School sixth graders Rian Thomas, Siri Patil Rishi Shah and Preethi Sivaraju and Collins Elementary School fifth grader Rayna Thomas —recently participated in their first-ever FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition.

The FLL, a global robotics community, is a three-division program that aims to inspire young people to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding and design skills through hands-on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The rookie team, called “Super 5,” competed against more than 40 teams across New Jersey to advance onto the state championship, which is scheduled for later this year. Super 5 was also named the “Best Performing Rookie Team” and “Rising Star Team” in the recent competition.

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Teams competing in FLL are judged and scored in three categories, including: robotics, core values and teamwork and a “STEM Innovation” project.

Although these competitions are traditionally hosted in person, the FLL has recently transitioned to virtual events as a result of the pandemic.