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Lake County Robotics Competition (LCRC)

This Year’s Competition

The 2021 competition has been held virtually, with students working from home.  Final presentations will be during Maker Faire Lake County on April 17th at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend and may register at Maker Fair Lake County home page. 

Event Dates

Final Presentations:  Saturday, April 17, 2021


The mission of the LCRC is to introduce 6th-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 participants 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 held virtually, or if permitted, at the Baxter Innovation Lab on CLC's Grayslake Campus.

How to Participate

  • Participants may be teams or individuals, and can sign up by enrolling in the CLC Personal Enrichment Explore class for free. Register here: Call (847) 543-2980 or email for assistance.
  • Participants may use their own kit, or apply for one of 35 free loaner kits here
  • Mentors are needed to help teams with technical questions. Prospective mentors can apply to be Baxter Innovation Lab volunteers.
  • Sponsors are needed to fund teams. Funding one team for a season costs $1,500 and supplies a team with a Tetrix robot kit, the field and team shirts with company and school logo. Contact Rob Twardock at if you are interested.
  • Contacting CLC Faculty Rob Twardock at with questions.


  • 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 6th 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 waste basket at the perimeter of a small field made from 2"x4"s. An autonomous mode requiring programming is incorporated as an optional element. The field is made of inexpensive, easily assembled parts.
  • What is the Commitment? Participants should commit to building and programming their robot over the course of the school year. The number of hours required depends on the skill level, but a minimum of 30-50 hours would be expected.
  • What Resources are Available? CLC Engineering students and interns are available to help participants design and build their robots. CLC owns 35 Tetrix kits that can be loaned out free to schools in need of a kit. Kits will be loaned out on a yearly basis. Participants will be approved for free kits based on need and availability of kits. After registration and kit distribution is over, build days will be scheduled to help participants with their building and programming questions.

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