Los Alamos Teams Qualify For NMFLL Jan. 31

The Radioactive Fireflies, Team 240, won the Robot Design Award at Saturday’s first ever Los Alamos Qualifier, and advance to the New Mexico state tournament Jan. 31 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Radioactive Fireflies, in black, Atomic Flying Pickles, in purple and Glamorous Gals, in pink all advance to the NMFLL state competition Jan. 31 in Albuquerque. Back row in blue are members of Project Y, who hosted the tournament. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos High School robotics team, Project Y hosted the first ever Los Alamos Qualifier Saturday.

FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” has several levels of robotics competitions. Ages 9-14, FIRST LEGO League teams compete with LEGO NXT and EV3 robots. Teams also research and present a project based on the year’s theme – this year is “World Class,” how learning can be improved. A final part of the competition involves Core Values: teams are judged on how well they work as a team and compete graciously.

The Atomic Flying Pickles won the Robot Performance Award for their high score in the robot games. They also won the Champion’s Award, securing a spot at the NMFLL state competition.

The Radioactive Fireflies won the Robot Design Award and also qualified to compete at NMFLL. The third qualifying spot went to a rookie team from Albuquerque, the Glamorous Gals, who won the Core Values Award.

All three qualifiers were all-girl teams, with the Atomic Flying Pickles and Radioactive Fireflies both Girl Scout teams. The Bloonatics, another Girl Scout team from Los Alamos, won the Project Award.

The New Mexico FIRST LEGO League state championship are Jan.31 in Albuquerque. Visit www.nmfll.org for more information on the tournament and to learn more about the FLL program.

Atomic Flying Pickles, who won the Champion’s Award and Robot Performance Award in the 2014 Los Alamos FLL Qualifier.  Front row from left, Haylee Richardson, Jillian Bennett, Catherine Rousculp and co-coach Susan Segler. Back row from left, coach Susannah Rousculp, Elyse Phillips, Risa Bridge and Emme Segler. Courtesy photo