Western National Robot Rodeo™ & CAPEX


Info Due to funding constraints, Sandia will forgo hosting a Western National Robot Rodeo in 2020. We will be brainstorming new opportunities for future collaboration with bomb technicians to improve methods for exchange. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

About the Rodeo

The Robot Rodeo is a prime opportunity for expert bomb squad operators and public safety professionals from around the world to gather and employ advanced skills manuevering Hazardous Duty Robots in challenging, real-world scenarios. Sandia National Labs is conducting the 13th Annual Western National Robot Rodeo™ in cooperation with the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) Region II. 

Possible Scenarios

The hands-on scenarios can include:

  • IED and VBIED Disablement
  • Tool, Techniques, and Procedures
  • DHS Critical Infrastructures – Communications; Power and Distribution; and Ports
  • Transportation – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Obstacle Course and Operator Profeciency
  • Logistics


Please complete our registration form for your team and all its members.  Fill out the form as completely as possible and take care to note any special requests or special dietary needs.

Robot Rodeo activities take place both indoors and outdoors. We suggest planning ahead – hats, sunglasses, gloves, and appropriate clothing for very warm weather are a must. Clothing should be comfortable and casual; shoes must provide full coverage (no sandals or open-toe shoes; tennis shoes are acceptable).  Participants will also need to bring any tools they may need to repair robots or equipment should the need arise. Please direct any questions to Janet Laros at 505-284-6766.