The Nevis Tech-No-Tigers Robotics Team is going back to the Robotics World Competition for the second time in three years.
Comprised of students from both Nevis and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley schools, the Tigers won the Lake Superior Regional Robotics Competition March 7-9 in Duluth, along with alliance partners Esko and Badger. The Tigers also was judged as the best team out of 63 to earn the Safety Award that is sponsored by the Underwriter’s Laboratory.
The victory also qualifies the Tech-No-Tigers to compete at the Minnesota State High School League competition May 18 at Mariucci Arena on the U of M Twin Cities campus. The top 36 out of 252 state teams are invited to this competition, and this is the fourth time in seven years the Tech-No-Tigers will attend.
Nevis finished second in 2013 and was third in 2016, which also was the first time they competed at World Competition in St. Louis. The 2019 Robotics World Competition will be held April 24-27 in Detroit.
This weekend the Tech-No-Tigers will load up a bus and head to Williams Arena for the 10,000 Lakes Robotics Competition, where they will face off against 63 other teams.
Olaf Netteberg, one of six paid adult mentors, said everyone is excited about the team’s success. “We had this wonderful chemistry as a team. Everyone and everything was just clicking. It was a lot of fun,” he said of the Duluth competition.
There are many jobs to do at the competition. Students and mentors work on the Pit Crew, Drive Team and Scout Team.
“We were fortunate our robot ran great and our sub-groups worked well together. We were also in some great alliances,” Netteberg said.
The Tigers were ranked in the Top 5 most of the competition and won three playoff matches (best of three) to win regional.
About 40 students and mentors made the trip to Duluth, and Netteberg said that same team will go to Detroit.
The student-led and mentor-supported team has put in many hours of work since the school year began to make it to this point.
In addition to Netteberg, who oversees the design and building of the robot, and is in the pit during competition, there are three Nevis and two WHA mentors. Tom Beriou and Ed Commers are the WHA mentors, while Andrew Dahlby, Kay Netteberg and Dustin Wroolie are the other Nevis mentors.
Dahlby is on scouting and strategy and a coach on the Drive Team; Kay Netteberg heads up the awards and presentation and is in charge of the Chairman and Media teams; while Wroolie assists on the design and building of the robot.
A handful of other volunteer mentors help out wherever needed.
“It takes quite a team,” Netteberg said.
It’s also going to take some money to transport the team to Detroit, since the objective is to take every student who has qualified.
Netteberg said it’s been amazing the support the community has shown. People from Park Rapids to Walker have already given money.
“Robotics is really neat. We’re a unique niche,” he added.