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High School Robotics Team Finalists In El Paso

on March 9, 2019 - 10:36am
Members of the High School Robotics Team Project Y and their mentors. Courtesy photo
The High School Robotics Team, Project Y’s robot ‘Jaws’. Courtesy photo
This past weekend, the High School Robotics Team, Project Y, and their robot “Jaws” were Finalists at the first District Competition in El Paso, Texas.
It was the result of incredibly hard work and long hours (even holidays) by the students and mentors. The Game is different every year and this year's challenge Mission: Deep Space was especially fun. They had to build a robot to install hatch panels (large disks) on a three story rocket and a horizontal cargo ship and (2) load up the rocket and another ship with cargo (orange balls) to score points.
The beginning of each of the 12 qualification matches opened with a sandstorm (without the teams being able to see any of the field). At the end of each match the robots had to get back to their Habitation Zone and climb up onto a 3, 9, or 24 inch high platform, which scored even more points for their team.
To get a better idea of what the team had to accomplish in just six short weeks, watch the game animation by clicking this link:
Project Y's scoring during the 12 qualification and six elimination matches in El Paso places Project Y 6th of roughly 180 teams in the NM/TX District. In addition the team won GM's Industrial Design Award to round out a very successful weekend.
Project Y competes this very next weekend in its 2nd District Event in Amarillo, Texas and if they do equally well, Project Y will get an invitation to the District Championships in Austin, Texas at the beginning of April and from there, maybe Worlds! Fingers crossed.
Team 4153, Project Y is a high school team that is part of the the FIRST Robotics Competition that includes nearly 8,000 teams worldwide. We're grateful to our financial sponsors, ASME, LANB, Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Special thanks to Trinity on the Hill for making practice space available to us.