Robotics Team Takes Another Plunge

ASME presents Los Alamos Team 4153 with a $10,000 check in front of the team’s 2012 robot that shoots basketballs. Photo by TK Thompson/

Los Alamos Team 4153 member Tiffany Anton accepts a $10,000 check from Anthony Puckett of the local chapter of ASME as Partha Rangaswamy of the chapter and Robotics team members look on. Photo by TK Thompson/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Team 4153, comprised of students in grades 9 through 12, is planning to build another robot for the 2013 competition.

The team this year has 23 students including 16 boys and seven girls as well as 13 adult mentors. Nine of the students have returned from last year’s team.

The mentors are Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, teachers, local engineers, retirees and community members.

Activities to date have focused on gaining proficiency on tools in the UNM-LA shop and raising money. The major sponsor is the Northern New Mexico Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME.) Additional sponsors include Los Alamos National Bank, NASA, JC Penney and UNM-LA.


A total of $22,000 has been raised to date and the team still needs to raise about $8,000 more.

The 2013 competition officially starts Jan. 5 with dissemination of the rules for the 2013 games after which the team has six weeks to design, build and debug their robot.
Robots must be bagged and tagged on Feb. 19 – giving exactly 46 days of frantic activity.
Los Alamos Team 4153 has their work cut out for them considering how well they placed in last year’s competition in Salt Lake City. It’s widely expected that the team is up to the challenge.
The Los Alamos Daily Post will follow and report on the team’s progress throughout the competition.
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