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Lake County Robotics Competition (LCRC)


This Year’s Theme

The TRASH BOT Challenge is about cleaning up the environment. Engineers design innovative solutions that help the environment by improving recycling and waste disposal. For this challenge your team will be the engineers and crafters of the operation!


Event Dates

  • Nov. 2, 2019
    T120 Baxter Innovation Lab
    Kickoff and Build Event

    Teams learn about competition rules, sponsor kits are distributed, mentors connect with teams, and the basics of building and programming are covered.
  • Dec. 14, 2019 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    T120 Baxter Innovation Lab
    Makerweek Build Day

    Baxter Innovation Lab is open for participants in Makerweek events to prototype, brainstorm, design.
  • Jan. 11, 2020 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    T120 Baxter Innovation Lab
    Makerweek Build Day

    Baxter Innovation Lab is open for participants in Makerweek events to prototype, brainstorm, design.
  • Feb. 8, 2020 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    T120 Baxter Innovation Lab
    Makerweek Build Day

    Baxter Innovation Lab is open for participants in Makerweek events to prototype, brainstorm, design.
  • Feb. 18, 2020 5-9 p.m.
    Lower Level A Wing
    Scrimmage at CLC

    Teams scrimmage in a format similar to the finals.
  • Mar. 7, 2020 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    T120 Baxter Innovation Lab
    Makerweek Build Day

    Baxter Innovation Lab is open for participants in Makerweek events to prototype, brainstorm, design.
  • Apr. 4, 2020 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    T120 Baxter Innovation Lab
    Makerweek Build Day

    Baxter Innovation Lab is open for participants in Makerweek events to prototype, brainstorm, design.
  • Apr. 21, 2020 5-9 p.m.
    Lower Level A Wing
    Finals

Mission

The mission of the LCRC is to introduce 8th-12th grade students to engineering, robotics and computer science using an affordable and accessible robotics competition. The LCRC is organized through a joint effort by the College of Lake County Transfer Engineering Department and Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim. We want students to have the opportunity to experience STEM education in a fun, competitive, critical thinking manner.

Why participate in this competition?

Typically it costs between $5,000-$10,000 for one team to compete in a robotics competition. Many students do not get the opportunity to participate because of the high cost and time commitment. Some prospective teams also lack help and guidance needed to get up and running. The Lake County Robotics Competition aims to change that! With free loaner kits available, the startup cost for a team to compete is minimal. We also provide guidance from CLC Engineering students during Saturday build days at the Baxter Innovation Lab on CLC's Grayslake Campus.

How to Participate

FAQ’s

  • What is the LCRC? The Lake County Robotics Competition is envisioned as a low cost, low barriers introduction to robotics using a competition framework. It is an alternative to the more formal competitions such as Vex or First Robotics. LCRC is a logical next step to students aging out of the 4H Robotics Showcase, but open to 8th thru 12th grade students brand new to robotics.
  • What Kind of Robot is Used? The competition is platform neutral – allowing any platform of robotics kit to be used, including Tetrix, Vex, or others.
  • What are the Competition Rules? LCRC rules are a trimmed down version of a typical FTC competition, such as placing ping pong balls in a zone inside a 12’x12’ “field” or in waste baskets at the perimeter of the field. An autonomous mode requiring programming is incorporated as an optional element. The field is made of inexpensive, easily assembled parts.
  • What is the Commitment? Teams of 3-10 persons can operate in an after school club or team format, meeting perhaps once per week during the school year. For teams starting from scratch, the costs for the kits and practice field are under $1,500. Teams typically require a coach affiliated with the school either as a teacher or district-approved volunteer.
  • What Resources are Available? Grants may be available on a case by case basis to help start a team. Mentors are being recruited to help teams design and build their robots. CLC Engineering students will be assisting as mentors during the workshops and meets. CLC owns 15 Tetrix kits that can be loaned out free to schools in need of a kit.  Kits will be loaned out on a yearly basis. Schools will be approved for free kits based on need and availability of kits. If you are interested in loaner kit contact Rob Twardock at rtwardock@clcillinois.edu.

LCRC In the News

  • Register for Free Youth Robotics Competition

    Nov 20, 2019
    Looking for a fun, affordable way to introduce 8th- to 12th-grade students to STEM fields such as engineering and computer science? Sign up now for the first-ever Lake County Robotics Competition, scheduled for next spring at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus. Teams register for the free event on a first-come, first-served basis online at www.clcillinois.edu/events/lcrc.
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