The mission of the LCRC is to introduce 7th-12th grade students to engineering, robotics and computer science using an affordable and accessible robotics competition. 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 at the Baxter Innovation Lab on CLC's Grayslake Campus.

How to Participate

  • Participants may be teams or individuals. 
  • Individuals who are not part of a team can sign up by enrolling in the 14-week class for $50, funded in part by a grant from Baxter International Foundation. To register click on the class at right. Class dates are Saturday, January 13 to April 13, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call (847) 543-2980 or email cpeinfo@clcillinois.edu for assistance.
  • If you need financial assistance click here to apply for a National Science Foundation Scholarship. If you find that you don’t qualify for an NSF scholarship but have a financial need contact CPEInfo@clcillinois.edu before registering.
  • Teams interested in participating can contact Rob Twardock at rtwardock@clcillinois.edu to register. 
  • Participants  in the Engage class will be provided with a kit to use as part of a team project. 
  • Mentors are needed to help teams with technical questions. Prospective mentors can apply to be Baxter Innovation Lab volunteers.
  • Contacting CLC Faculty Rob Twardock at rtwardock@clcillinois.edu with questions.

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