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Sign up for Lake County Robotics Competition

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Dec 13, 2022

The College of Lake County (CLC) engineering department welcomes registrations for the 2023 Lake County Robotics Competition (LCRC). The competition kicks off at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at CLC’s Grayslake Campus. 

Competitors working on a robotLCRC is a low-cost, low-barrier introduction to robotics using a competition framework. It is an alternative to the more formal competitions such as Vex or First Robotics. LCRC is the next step for students aging out of the 4H Robotics Showcase, but open to grades 7-12 students brand new to robotics.  

The competition is platform neutral, allowing any platform of robotics kit to be used, including Tetrix, Vex or others. Kits are available free for teams to borrow from CLC for the spring semester.  

Students may participate as part of a school team, independent team or by signing up for one of two Lake County Robotics Competition Engage classes, which will meet 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays in February, March and April live in person at the Grayslake or Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan. Sign up for the Engage LCRC class online. 

The final competition for the LCRC will be during Maker Faire Lake County at the Grayslake Campus April 15. The public is invited to attend and can register at Maker Faire Lake County online. For more information or to sign up as a school or independent team, contact CLC Engineering Department Chair Rob Twardock at

LCRC and Maker Faire are subsidized in part by a grant from the Baxter International Foundation.  

Younger students interested in robotics may register for CLC's 4H Robotics Spin clubs, which also meet Saturdays in February, March and April. 

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.