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Robotics season scheduled to kick off Saturday in Nevis

Nevis High School is scheduled to host 250-300 students from 14 area schools to kick off the 2022 FIRST worldwide robotics competition “Rapid React” on Saturday.

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The Nevis School robotics team are looking forward to the season kickoff event Saturday. This year’s members include, from left, Kiera Dilworth, Natile Profit, Kianna Bjorkstrand, mentor Olaf Netteberg and Gabby Cairns. This photo was taken at the conference championship in Oct. 2021 in Upsala. Contributed / Kay Netteberg

Doors open at 10 a.m. and those attending, including spectators, should enter by the west gym ramp.

Students will present breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including game manual reading and mechanical aspects of robotics. At noon, there will be a worldwide kickoff broadcast.

“Team 3102 is committed to making FIRST accessible to everyone in the northern reaches of the state,” mentor Kay Netteberg said. “By providing events locally, such as our Kickoff Event and our Week Zero, we are pushing for equality of opportunity in Minnesota. This has been an important piece of what we do as a robotics team. It is part of our mission to ‘be the change we want to see’ in robotics.

“We have hosted kickoff for the past seven years, and Week Zero combined with the T3 FIRST Ladies Event for the past six years. As those events evolved, 3102 began working jointly with the Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference (NMRC). For the past four years, we have worked to further create a network of geographically accessible events. In doing this, the NMRC and 3102 now support a community of 28 teams and provide opportunities for hundreds of students to find success.”

Nevis is also scheduled to host the Week Zero event on their field at Tiger Arena on Saturday, Feb. 26, with as many as 24 teams attending.

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“At that event, we will also be hosting a T3 FIRST Ladies event, with the potential for more than 100 young women attending,” Netteberg said. “Watch for details on our website tnt3102.org.”

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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