Last Saturday, the two Los Alamos FIRST Technical Challenge robotics teams participated in New Mexico’s qualifier for the Arizona/New Mexico Regional Championship. A total of 12 robotics teams competed at Menaul School in Albuquerque, comprised of teams from New Mexico, Arizona, and even Chihuahua Mexico, making this an international event.
The two Los Alamos teams, Hawks FTC, and a new rookie team, the Beta Hawks, went head to head in competition throughout the day, holding their own against the other teams.
While the Los Alamos veteran Hawks FTC team had trouble in their seeding matches, they rallied in their last seeding match to show what their robot could do and established the high score of the day.
The Beta Hawks were organized this fall from seventh and eighth-grade Los Alamos students and had about eight weeks to design, build, program and field their robot.
The Beta’s robot performed consistently throughout the day, winning the majority of its seeding matches. The team earned a fifth-place seed, and was selected as a valued alliance partner by the Magdalena N.M. Geek Bots for competition in the final matches.