AFRL New Mexico Program Showcases Student Teamwork through Robotics

ALBUQUERQUE-More than a hundred middle school students representing 30 teams from six New Mexico schools and several home school families earned a spot at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Robotics Challenge Expo. The event took place Wednesday, May 11 at the AFRL La Luz Academy facility at Kirtland AFB.  

The students spent the last several months learning about computer programming and robotics. Students worked in teams to completing on-line assignments and quizzes to earn points in order to qualify for the culminating Expo event. During the Robotics Challenge Expo, the students demonstrated what they learned by sending their robots through several obstacle courses, displaying their best robot pageant pictures, showing their robots play songs and/or dance, and competing in a quiz bowl session. They worked in teams to earn points by completing as many of the Expo activities as they can. AFRL scientists and engineers judged the teams as they completed the activities.

The Robotics Challenge is part of AFRL’s La Luz Academy which provides STEM education to students in 5th to 12th grade around New Mexico.