Team 4153 Rushes to Complete Frisbee Shooting Robot

Nate Philips, left, and Chris West-Fairbanks of Team 4153 at work on the robot. Photo by TK Thompson/

TEAM 4153 News:

Los Alamos Team 4153 is entering the 2013 FIRST Robotic Competition and has been hard at work since Jan 5. The team has just 45 days to design, build, program, debug and learn to operate their robot. The robot must be completed by Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Los Alamos Team 4153 is comprised of 23 students including 16 boys and seven girls in grades 9 through 12, as well as 13 adult mentors.  This is the second year Los Alamos has had a team in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Nine students have returned from last year’s team.The mentors are Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, teachers, local engineers, retirees and community members.

Lauren TenCate works on wiring for the robot. Photo by TK Thompson/

“We’re meeting four times a week, including most of the day every Saturday,” team spokesperson Aimee Slaughter said. “We are building a frisbee-shooting robot, which also has the ability to lift itself off the ground by grabbing onto a metal pyramid, which is part of this year’s game. The team is in the process of developing a vision system, which will allow the robot to auto-aim the frisbees into the goals, which are marked with reflective tape.”

The team will take the robot to two regional competitions this year: the Hub City Regional in Lubbock, Texas the weekend of March 1 and the Utah Regional outside of Salt Lake City, the weekend of March 21.

Team 4153’s 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, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos Public Schools, Neptune and Company and UNM-Los Alamos.

Team 4153. Photo by TK Thompson/
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