Kingman robotics team starts Las Vegas competition today

Students with the Kingman FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team 60 launch a foam ball as part of a test of modifications to a robot being built for regional and national competitions. Students from Kingman Unified School District, Kingman Academy of Learning, Mohave Community College and home-schooled children participate in the program. (AARON RICCA/Miner)

Students with the Kingman FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team 60 launch a foam ball as part of a test of modifications to a robot being built for regional and national competitions. Students from Kingman Unified School District, Kingman Academy of Learning, Mohave Community College and home-schooled children participate in the program. (AARON RICCA/Miner)

KINGMAN-Twenty-five students from Kingman-area schools will compete in a robotics competition at the Las Vegas Convention Center today through April 2.

The Kingman FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team 60 - the "Bionic Bulldogs" - will be up against 49 other teams from the United States, China, Brazil, Denmark, Mexico and Germany.

The FIRST program focuses mostly on robot design and operation but also encompasses graphic arts, computer programming, finance, marketing, public relations and web design.

Kingman High School engineering and robotics teacher Jody Schanaman and Kingman Academy Middle School Science teacher Celeste Lucier are two of the coaches and mentors to the team.

The team hopes to qualify for championships held in St. Louis, Mo., in April.