Columbus, Neb. – Students from around Nebraska will be competing against United States and international opponents in the CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championships April 4-6 in Council Bluffs.
Teams competing from Nebraska include Aurora YETIbotics, Nebraska Christian Schools, Columbus Lakeview High School, St. Paul Public School, Cross County High School, Benson High School, Omaha North High School and Millard West High School. They will face teams from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, the District of Columbia and 12 teams from China.
“These students build some amazing robots,and in addition to learning technical skills, the students learn about leadership, communication, and sportsmanship,” said Nebraska Public Power District Careers Outreach Specialist Kim Liebig. “All of these skills are demonstrated by NPPD employees on a day-to-day basis.”
In total, 58 teams will participate in the competition that caps off the 2018-19 CREATE Open season.
The championship opens with registration and a skills challenge on Thursday, April 4. Teams return to competition Friday,April 5 for the qualifying rounds of competition, followed by elimination matches and the finals on Saturday, April 6.
“This is the largest CREATE Open competition held to date,” noted NPPD’s Senior Education Specialist Chad Johnson. “Competitive robotics introduces students to technical workforce skills, problem solving, teamwork, and innovation. These are important skills in our industry and it’s something we’re very excited to be a part of.” NPPD sponsors the Open division tournaments because of the focus on innovation and technical workforce skills, including electrical engineering.
The finals are scheduled to begin April 6 at approximately 4:20 p.m. at the Mid America Center.