AFRL Hosts Middle School Robotics Expo

ALBUQUERQUE-Middle school students from around the state showed off their robotics skills at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Robotics Challenge Expo on March 2.  30 student teams competed to earn a spot at the Expo.

The students spent the last several months learning computer programming and robotics skills. Working in teams, they completed online assignments and quizzes, with the top scorers qualifying for the Expo. During the event, students demonstrated what they have learned by sending their robots through various obstacle courses and competing in a robot costume contest and quiz bowl.

AFRL scientists and engineers helped judge the competitions. Some also be brought their own robots to show the students, including a replica of Disney’s Wall-E.

The Robotics Challenge Expo is part of its AFRL New Mexico’s “Week at the Lab” festivities. National Week at the Labs runs Feb 27-March 3, and aims to expose kids to the work being done at federal laboratories and connect it to their math and science classes.

Watch coverage of the event on KRQE