Columbus, Neb. – Top robotics teams from around the state will be converging on Lakeview High School to compete in the Lakeview Open Robotics Tournament powered by Nebraska Public Power District.
The Lakeview Open Robotics Tournament will see teams from 13 different communities and schools traveling to Columbus, to pit their robots against each other in competition. The challenges will also pair random teams together to complete tasks to earn points. “These students build some amazing robots, and in addition to learning technical skills, the students learn about leadership, communication, and sportsmanship – all of which are demonstrated by NPPD employees on a day-to-day basis,” noted NPPD Careers Outreach Specialist Kim Liebig.
In total, forty-two teams are registered to compete on Saturday, Dec.15, almost doubling the number of competitors from the previous CREATE Open. Competitors from Omaha North, Norfolk Junior High School, York Middle School, YetiBotics in Aurora, Columbus High School, Holdrege High School, St. Paul Schools, Nebraska Christian Schools, St. Edward High School, Hampton High School, Cross County High School, Millard West, and Lakeview will be participating.
Saturday’s tournament will open its doors at 7:30 a.m. with competition taking place throughout the day, leading up to the finals matches at roughly 3:15 p.m.
“Nebraska ranks fourth in the United States for competitive robotics teams per capita, with 466 teams competing during the 2017-18 season. We expect that number to exceed 500 this season,” says NPPD’s Senior Education Specialist Chad Johnson. “Competitive robotics introduces students to technical workforce skills, problem solving, teamwork, and innovation.” NPPD sponsors the Open division tournaments because of the focus on innovation and technical workforce skills including electrical engineering.
High school teams will participate in multiple CREATE Open Tournaments powered by NPPD and the CREATE foundation in Omaha, throughout the year. This will be the third of nine tournaments for the Open division, leading up to the US Open Championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa — the second largest robot tournament in the world.