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.