ALBUQUERQUE ― More than 100 middle school students representing 30 teams from six New Mexico schools and several home school families have earned a spot at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Robotics Challenge Expo.
The event is 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 11 at the AFRL La Luz Academy facility at Kirtland AFB.
The students have spent the last several months learning about computer programming and robotics. Students worked in teams to complete on-line assignments and quizzes to earn points in order to qualify for the culminating Expo event. During the Robotics Challenge Expo, the students will demonstrate what they have learned by sending their robots through several obstacle courses, displaying their best robot pageant pictures, showing their robots play songs and/or dance, and competing in a quiz bowl session.
They will work in teams to earn points by completing as many of the Expo activities as they can. AFRL scientists and engineers will be on hand to judge the teams as they complete the activities.
The Robotics Challenge is part of AFRL’s La Luz Academy which provides STEM education to students in 5th to 12th grade around New Mexico. An awards ceremony will take place at 12:45 p.m., on the day of the Expo to recognize the teams who received the most points for the Robot Pageant, Quiz Bowl competition, and overall (combination of on-line and Expo points).