Café Scientifique Española wins National Robotics Competition, Again

Café Scientifique Española wins InterNational Robotics Competition, Again


Espanola Win 2Albuquerque, N.M. – The robotics team from Española’s Café Scientifique has quietly become an international powerhouse in the world of competitive robotics. Pitted against teams from across the world, Española’s robotics team finished the tournament on top, when it came to building and programing a robot at the 2016 International RoboRAVE held in Albuquerque, N.M. on May 7-8. With the win, the Española team has qualified to compete at the RoboRAVE International in Ishikawa, Japan this November 2016.

The Española team, comprised of four local high school teens—Sergio Madrid, Cristian Madrid, Emmett Moulton, and Liam Silverman (not pictured)—were challenged to design, build, and program a robot capable of completing an elevated maze in three minutes or less. The faster the team could complete the task, the higher the overall score.
“I have the pleasure of working with a group of intelligent teens who were able to participate in an amazing opportunity and display their hard work in STEM while representing their community“, said Café Scientifique Coordinator Savannah Trujillo.

Espanola WinThis robotics team grew out of a night of robotics offered by the Café Scientifique New Mexico ( in 2013. Engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and UNM-Los Alamos enthralled the teens with stories of how robotics would change our lives, which got them started building their own robots. This is the teams second time competing in RoboRave International (in 2014 and 2016) and took first place both times. “I am so impressed with their commitment and drive to keep learning”, said Dr. Michelle Hall, Director of the Café Scientifique. “We are thankful for the support of the LANL Community Relations and Partnerships Office and the Espanola Public
Schools Education Foundation for this program”, Hall said.


About Café Scientifique:

Founded in 2007, Café Scientifique is a free, fun way for high school aged teens to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Stimulating conversations with scientists, engineers, and inventors take place in an informal and relaxed setting.

The program is run by teens for teens in Albuquerque, Española, Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, and Taos. This program is made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Northern New Mexico College.