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Project NEO Robotics - FRC Team 1164

For information about Project NEO Robotics, please email  info@projectneo.net

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We are Project NEO,  FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1164

Project NEO is the longest sustaining FIRST Robotics Competition team in New Mexico. We are made up of high school students from Las Cruces, the second largest city in New Mexico. The team is a city wide team with students from Las Cruces Public Schools, charter and private high schools, and home schooled students.

Since 2003 the team has been changing lives. Project NEO offers its student members a chance to experience science, technology, engineering, and math from a hands-on point of view, giving a them a first hand knowledge of current technology.

In 2012 Project NEO started two FIRST LEGO League, FLL, teams. The 2018-19 season will see Project NEO support teams and events for about 80 FLL Jr teams,  21 FLL teams,  and 1 FTC team. Project NEO will be the host team for one FLL state qualifier and 4 FLL Jr Expos.


Building a STEM savvy world one student at a time.


FLL Jr Aqua Adventure - 2017/18

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FLL HydroDynamics - 2017/18

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FRC Power Up - 2018


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  • FRC – FIRST Robotics Competition
    • FRC is for students ages 14 – 18, although there are some younger students
    • Project NEO – FRC Team 1164 is the oldest sustaining FIRST team in New Mexico
      • Rookie Year – 2003
    • Team Info
      • Project NEO was originally a Mayfield High School team working out of a mentor’s garage.
      • In 2007 the team moved to another mentor’s workshop with a larger indoor area.
      • In 2008 the team became a district /city wide team, welcoming students from area high schools, both public and private, and homeschooled students
      • In Fall of 2012 the team was invited by Jennifer Amis to move into Building 5 of Arrowhead Park Early College High School.
      • The move to APECHS allowed Project NEO to begin to reach out to other children in the community.
      • All tools and equipment in the Project NEO Robot Shop were purchased with Project NEO/SNMSA funds.
    • New Mexico has 10 FRC teams for FRC 2019
      • All NM teams to compete in Texas District Events
      • 2019 is the first year Texas is districted
    • FRC Texas Event
      • Beginning with FRC 2019 all New Mexico FRC teams are part of the Texas District.
      • In 2019, Project NEO will complete
        • El Paso – March 1 - 3
        • Del Rio – March 22 - 24
  • Funding - Southern New Mexico STEM Alliance (SNMSA)
    • In April 2017 three Project NEO mentors formed a nonprofit corporation
    • In October 2017 SNMSA was granted 501(c)(3) status
    • SNMSA was formed to be able to more easily support the outreach of Project NEO
    • SNMSA, and previously Project NEO funding, is largely supported by NASA-WSTF, but also from Boeing, and other local businesses and individuals.
    • Annual Working budget approximately $50,000
  • Student Numbers
    • 2017 – 2018 season: 495 students involved in FIRST Programs supported or hosted by Project NEO
    • 2018 – 2019 season: expect to have approximately 600 students in Project NEO supported or hosted events.
  • FRC Texas District
    • Beginning with FRC 2019 all New Mexico FRC teams are part of the Texas District.
    • In 2019, Project NEO will compete
      • El Paso – March
      • Del Rio – March
    • El Paso District is in serious need of judges and volunteers
  • Going Forward
    • Next Season - 2019 – 2010
      • At least 2 LCPS elementary schools will provide the FLL Jr Program to two different grade levels for the Fall and Spring FLL Jr sessions
      • At least 1 LCPS elementary school will incorporate the FLL program into their classroom for two grade levels
    • 3 Years
      • FLL Jr program in two different grade levels in 50% of LCPS Elementary Schools
      • FLL program in two different grade levels in 33% of LCPS Elementary Schools
      • FLL program in all middle schools
      • FTC teams in 33% of LCPS Middle Schools
      • 1 new FRC team in LCPS high school
      • Robotics Coordinator in LCPS Admin
    • 5 Years
      • FLL Jr program in two different grade levels in 100% of LCPS Elementary Schools
      • FLL program in two different grade levels in 50% of LCPS Elementary Schools
      • FLL program in all middle schools
      • FTC teams in 66% of LCPS Middle Schools
    • 7 Years
      • NM FRC Regional Competition

For information about Project NEO Robotics, please email  info@projectneo.net