Los Alamos Public School’s First Technical Challenge robotics team took third place last Saturday at the Arizona Regional Championship competition in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The LAPS Hawks won five of six qualifying matches to earn the third seed heading into the playoff matches.
In the playoffs, the Hawks dropped two of three matches to the second placed seed, Area 52 of Nevada.
In all, 31 top teams from around the region, including Texas, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico earned placement in the regional championship event.
The Hawks’ robot, EPIC (Energized Perfectly Imagined Cyberbot), was only one of only a handful of robots that used multiple software schemes to score autonomous programming points at the beginning of each game and could deliver game balls to the tallest goals of the game.
Each match consisted of four randomly selected robots, paired to work together. Each robot involved was required to occupy a space no larger than an 18-inch cube, however, once the match began, the robots could grow to any size.
Teams had 30 seconds to score points through autonomous programming and another 2 minutes of driver-controlled action to score points in goals that was 48 inches in height.
The Hawks are a team comprised of nine Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School students.