Students and mentors held a kickoff meeting of the 2013 FIRST Robotic Project in Los Alamos Jan. 5, where they learned the rules for the competition, which include 45 days to design, build, program, debug and learn to operate their robot.
Los Alamos Team 4153, comprised of 23 students including 16 boys and seven girls in grades 9 through 12, as well as 13 adult mentors, is planning to build another robot for the 2013 competition.
Nine students have returned from last year’s team. The mentors are Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, teachers, local engineers, retirees and community members.
A total of $22,000 has been raised but the team still needs about $8,000.