FIRST Robotics Team 4153 Project Y Thanks Community

FIRST Robotics Team 4153 members. Courtesy photo

LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt and his wife Wendy, standing, with former school board member Jody Benson and County Councilor Pete Sheehey at right. Courtesy photo

Ranking chili flavor and spiciness. Courtesy photo

TEAM 4153 News:

FIRST Robotics Team 4153 Project Y kicked off its fundraising campaign Oct. 23 with a Chili Cook-off from which proceeds go toward the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competitions in Lubbock, Texas and Denver, Colo., this Spring.

The Team would like to thank the community for their support at last Wednesday’s chili cook-off dinner. The event was a great success, made possible by the help of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, that provided kitchen and dining space, and our volunteers for cooking, serving, and making the whole event possible.

More than 100 diners sampled over a dozen chilis and ranked their flavor and spiciness, and we all had a great time sharing a meal with friends and family. The donations collected at the dinner go directly toward our students’ travel expenses to regional competitions.

The team will bring this season’s new robot—for a challenge, which will be announced Jan. 4, to competitions in Lubbock and Denver. The team would also like to invite the community to its next fundraiser, a waffle breakfast at the Pajarito Masonic Lodge Saturday, Dec. 14. It will be a tasty meal and a great chance to talk to team members about their preparations for the January and February robot build season.

For more information about the team, visit them on Facebook or at

Chili eaters. Courtesy photo

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