Nevis robotics team ready to host Week Zero – Park Rapids Enterprise

On Saturday, Feb. 26, Nevis School’s Techno Tigers Robotics Team 3102 will host 22 teams on the newly designed robotics challenge course for this year’s “Rapid React” challenge in Tiger Arena.
They will also host the annual T3 FIRST Ladies event.
“There is the potential for more than 700 young women to attend this event designed to give females in robotics from across the northern tier of Minnesota the opportunity to create networking relationships,” Nevis team mentor Kay Netteberg said.

This is the sixth year Nevis has hosted both Week Zero and the FIRST Ladies event.

Admission is free and concessions will be available throughout the day. Enter by the gym ramp door to Tiger Arena.

Netteberg said the best time for public viewing is from 1 to 4 pm when scrimmage rounds are scheduled.

“We would love for our community to come and see what our team and Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference teams are creating in the robotic world,” Netteberg said.

Anyone wanting access to the pit area, where teams work on their robots, will be required to wear a mask and safety glasses.

Robotics team members will be arriving from 7:30 to 8:30 am to unload their robots. The schedule of events will begin with a driver’s meeting at 8:30 am followed by open field practice from 8:45 am to 10:45 am A mentor’s meeting will be held from 9:15 am to 9:30 am and the FIRST ladies outreach begins at 10:30 am Scrimmage rounds are planned from 11 am until noon and lunch is from noon to 1 pm When scrimmages conclude, the field will remain open for practice from 4 to 5 pm

Netteberg said the Nevis group is committed to making robotics accessible to everyone in the northern reaches of the state.

“By providing events locally, such as our Week Zero, we are pushing for equality of opportunity in Minnesota,” she said. “This has been an important piece of what we do as a robotics team. Working jointly with the NMRC for the past four years, we created a network of geographically accessible events. In doing so, the NMRC and 3102 now support a community of 28 teams and provide opportunities for hundreds of students to find success. ”

Netteberg said 17 of the 22 teams on the field Saturday will be from the NMRC.

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“This event gives teams the opportunity to run their robot on an official field and interact with the elements of the game prior to a regional event,” she said. “The NMRC teams worked together to build all of the elements that are part of this year’s game.”

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