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State Open Championship to be hosted in Columbus

February 25, 2020

Columbus, Neb. – The regular season of CREATE Open Robotics competitions is coming to an end and teams are preparing to take their talents to the Nebraska Open State Championship in Columbus, Feb. 29.

Robotics teams have been working all season to perfect their robots and improve them for the challenges they are tasked with during the CREATE Open Tournaments Powered by Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD).  During these tournaments the teams are randomly paired up with teams from other communities and are given a set of challenges that they must work together to complete to earn points.

“Competitive robotics introduces students to technical workforce skills, problem solving, teamwork, and innovation,” says Senior Energy Education Specialist Chad Johnson. “This tournament will give Nebraska teams a chance to show off those skills on a big stage and compete against the most talented students from around the state.” NPPD sponsors the Open division tournaments because of the focus on innovation and technical workforce skills including electrical engineering.

There are approximately 33 teams participating from 10 different communities including Axtell High School, Omaha North Magnet High School, Hampton High School, Holdrege Public Schools, St. Paul High School, Nebraska Christian High School, Columbus High School, Heartland Community High School, Hampton High School, Cross County Schools, Millard West High School, Lakeview High School and Aurora YETI-botics.

“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.

For those who would like to check out the tournament but are unable to make the trip to Columbus Lakeview High School, their will be a student broadcast watchable online at

Following the Nebraska Open State Championship, teams will be preparing to participate in the U.S. Open Championship which is scheduled to start April 2 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.