Los Alamos, NM - January 26, 2017 - projectY cowork Los Alamos recently hosted Project Y, Los Alamos High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4153, for its 2017 season kickoff event. Team 4153 participates in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) international robotics competition, an annual event of nearly 5,000 teams from across the globe. The season starts with an unveiling of the new game that sets off teams on an intense six-week journey to conceive, prototype, design, fabricate, wire, program and test a 20-cubic-foot, 120-pound robot capable of meeting the challenge. By midnight Eastern Time on Feb. 21, robots must be bagged and tagged, and locked away until the regional competition events start in March.
“projectY cowork Los Alamos was the perfect place to hold our kickoff on a Saturday,” said David Phillips, a mentor with the FIRST Robotics Competition team. “With a large screen TV and high-speed internet, the live-streamed event came across seamlessly. The flexible work space let us break up into sub-teams focused on individual aspects of the game. We could even draw out concepts on the marker-board tables. And in the heart of Los Alamos, we had ample opportunity for lunch, coffee or a quick stroll in the park to clear the mind.”
Confused by the names? Unrelated, both organizations took inspiration from Los Alamos’ Manhattan Project era code name, Project Y. Similarly, both organizations work to leave a positive impact on the community by inspiring and fostering dynamic, collaborative teams and supporting students and entrepreneurs.
About Team 4153, Project Y
Team 4153, Project Y, is in its 6th FRC season. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. According to founder Dean Kamen, FIRST’s vision is "to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."
About projectY cowork Los Alamos
projectY cowork Los Alamos is a collaborative coworking space located at 150 Central Park Square in Los Alamos. The 2,400 square-foot open floor plan of projectY accommodates open seating and dedicated desks, a kitchen, semi-private cubicles, lounge areas and a conference room, and is intended to foster a dynamic, collaborative work environment that harnesses the collective energy of those working and sharing ideas in the space. The coworking space is an initiative between Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Feynman Center for Innovation as well as the Community Relations and Partnerships Office, and Central Park Square owner Philip Kunsberg.
Clockwise from Left to Right:
Project Y, LAHS FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4153, watching the livestream of the 2017 FRC Kickoff Event at projectY cowork Los Alamos. Photo by Pierre-Yves Le Bas.
Team members pouring over the just released Steamworks game manual and debating the optimal strategy for this season’s challenge. Photo by Pierre-Yves Le Bas.
Team members (current and former) present their concept for getting the robot to climb a rope at the end of the game. Photo by Pierre-Yves Le Bas.
Team 4153’s robot (named Szilard after Manhattan Project Physicist Dr. Leo Szilard and in reference to its first all-terrain tank tread robot) after successfully scaling the tower at last year’s regional competition in Flagstaff, AZ. Photo by Pierre-Yves Le Bas.