The L.C. Bird High School’s FIRST Robotics team Robohawks participated over the weekend in the FIRST Robotics Competition D.C. Regional in the nation’s capital. Team mentor Nancy Hoover said the team faced an uphill challenge because their robot had not been fully tested. “We’re cautiously optimistic that we can hit the ground running at the Virginia Regional at VCU in April,” said Hoover. The Robohawks will compete at VCU’s Siegel Center April 8-9. All FIRST Robotics Competitions are free and open to the public.