Local Teams Score Big At International RobotRave Competition

by Staff Reporter / May 07, 2015 / comments


Local Teams Score Big At International RobotRave Competition

ALBUQUERQUE – Over 1,800 students from around the world converged on Albuquerque’s Kiva Auditorium last week for the three day 2015 RoboRAVE International Competition. Students from 8 years old to young adults competed in a variety of robot design and programing competitions that each culminated with the robots going head to head in contests to prove which teams had most successfully met the challenge.

More than 80 teams from northern New Mexico also attended, and several of them fared well. See below for list of local teams that placed:



James Rodriguez Elementary “02 Dominators

First Place, a-MAZE-ing Challenge Middle School Division

Dulce High School

First Place, a-MAZE-ing Challenge High School Division

Velarde “Tune Squad”

Third Place, a-MAZE-ing Challenge Middle School Division

Dulce Jr. High

Fourth Place, a-MAZE-ing Challenge Middle School Division

“Sundevils #1” Team

First Place, Line Following High School Division

Española YMCA

Third Place, Aerial Response Competition in Middle School Division

In particular local teams did very well in the highly competitive a-MAZE-ing Challenge category. More than 100 teams from around the world competed in this category and four local teams won or place high.  

The goal of the a-MAZE-ing Challenge competition is to design, build and program a robot capable of completing an elevated maze in 3 minutes or less. The faster a team can complete this tasks increases your overall score

One team that did well was the 02 Dominators from James Rodriguez Elementary. Danny Serrano and Dylan Salazar. These two sixth graders from James Rodriguez Elementary formed the team “02 Dominators” and with the help of their coach, teacher Jimmy Lara took first place for the highly competitive a-MAZE-ing Challenge Middle School Division.  They competed against other middle school age teams from around New Mexico and all over the world, including China, Columbia, the Czech Republic, France and Mexico.

Velarde Elementary School also had two teams at the International RoboRAVE in Albuquerque.  

Dylan Valdez, Caitlin Hice, Aubriana Duran, & Savannah Martinez all sixth graders at Velarde Elementary School competed in the Middle School division and worked very hard. Dylan Valdez, 6th grade, won 3rd place in the A-MAZE-ing challenge. Over 100 teams from all over the world were represented in this category.  

In March they represented Velarde and EPS extraordinarily well at the RoboRAVE Northern NM Rally held on March 7 at Northern New Mexico University. There were 88 teams represented (8 years old to adult), Dylan Valdez a sixth grader not only had the highest scores over all, including Mid and High School. He also completed the course the most consecutive times. He was recognized for these feats at the event. 

The Dulce High school team also took first place in the high school division and Dulce’s Junior High took third and fourth place.

Another team that performed well was Team Intergalactic from the Española YMCA. Benjamin Sandoval, David Islas, Larry Romero, Christan Cordova, Brandon Sandoval, Janessa Sandoval and Dominic Larranaga represented this team.  Team Intergalactic placed third in the Aerial Response competition. The team was coached by Ben Sandoval and Renee Sandoval.
The Española YMCA tem also had the opportunity to train a couple members of the media on how to fly drone aircraft. In addition, Brandon Sandoval our drone pilot was given an opportunity to train two individuals from the Czech Republic on how to properly fly drones.

Other teams that participated from the Valley included:

  • Dixon Elementary
  • Hernandez Elementary
  • Tony Quintana Elementary
  • McCurdy Charter
  • San Juan Elementary
  • Carlos Vigil MS

Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a primary sponsor for many of these teams for the past several years, providing over $5,000 for the purchase of robotic kits for the teams to use in designing and building their robots. The investment is paying off as the Española Valley was well represented this year. Congratulations to all participants.