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Robotics competitors gather around the ring at the St. Paul Turning Point Tournament. Cross County School’s robotics teams finished the tournament with several awards.

COLUMBUS – As late November approaches, robotics teams are gearing up for the start of the 2019-20 season, with Cross County High School hosting the local opening competition Saturday, November 23.

Doors will open to competitors at 7:30 a.m. with matches taking place throughout the day, leading up to the finals matches at roughly 3:15 p.m. Cross County High School is located at 1270 123 Road, just south of Stromsburg.

“Nebraska continues to be a leader in the competitive robotics space, with over 370 teams already registered to compete at various age levels, in upcoming tournaments. We expect that number to continue growing throughout the season,” says Nebraska Public Power District’s (NPPD) Senior Education Specialist Chad Johnson. “Competitive robotics introduces students to technical workforce skills, problem solving, teamwork, and innovation.” NPPD sponsors the Open division tournaments because of the focus on innovation and opportunities in electrical engineering.

Competing teams will be randomly paired with other teams from different communities, to complete tasks and earn points. “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.

Approximately forty teams from Aurora, Axtell, Columbus, Hampton, Henderson, Holdrege, Norfolk, Omaha, York, St. Edward and St. Paul will be competing in the opening tournament. Following the competition at Cross County, the next tournament will be held at Hampton High School on December 7.

High school and middle school teams will participate in multiple CREATE Open Tournaments powered by NPPD throughout the year. Several tournaments have already been scheduled across the state, leading up to the US Open Championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa this April.

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