Robotics Teams head to World Robotics Competition


March 30, 2015


News Release

Jessica Winn, Bartlett High School teacher,

Wade Roach, Dimond High School teacher,


The following news release is shared on behalf of robotics team members from Bartlett Dimond and East high schools


The Alaska Robotics team, made up of 12 ASD students, will compete in the world robotics competition this spring in St. Louis, Missouri following a top placement in a recent competition. Alaska has one team which includes members from Bartlett, Dimond and East high schools.


Nerds of the North Team 568, recently placed second at the FIRST competition in Sacramento, California. Placing second ensured the team a spot at the FIRST Robotics World Championship Competition.


"The 2015 robotics season was our best to date. With a good robot and a great team we will take St. Louis by storm,” said team captain Andrew Peperone, a Dimond student.


FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) is a robotics competition that engages high school students to build and program robots, then compete with other students in a series of competitions.


The World Championship Competition, to be held April 22-25, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri, is the culmination of the season's FIRST programs, bringing together three separate robotics competitions for the ultimate sport for the mind. The event includes the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship, and the FIRST LEGO League World Festival.


The students have been raising funds all year for the Sacramento regional and now they are raising funds for the championship opportunity. Nerds of the North’s budget is less than. $10,000 while it competes against teams with budgets in excess of $50,000. The cost to go to the St, Louis, MO Championship Competition is already double the Alaska team’s budget.

Nerds of the North has the smallest team, with only 12 human team members and one robot.  


“We were the only team who was consistently able to score and perform the tasks needed,” explained Wade Roach, Dimond’s robotics coach.


Team driver Jenna Graham, a Dimond junior, said, "All our hard work has finally paid off and we can keep carrying on our season with our success. We will be working hard to prepare ourselves for the competition and are trying to raise the funds to get ourselves there.” 


If you would like to help support the Alaska Robotics Team raise funds for the St. Louis, MO competition, visit


FTC 5215 "THAT Team" from South High recently won first place for the Promote Video at the FTC Far West Regional held this past weekend in Oakland, CA. They have also qualified to compete in the World Championship tournament in St. Louis, MO next month. Their coaches are Dan Arend and Lara Wayt.

FTC 3360 "Team Caffeine" from East High was a finalist at the Alaska Robotics Championship in Feb. 21 and was invited to represent the state of Alaska in the Asia Pacific Invitational in Sydney, Australia this July. They are busy trying to raise funds so they can compete internationally. They have a GoFundMe account ( and will be selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at the Sears Mall Parking Lot from 9am - 5pm on Saturday, April 11th.


The FLL Robotics team The Bear Valley BrickMasters will also be leaving to St. Louis to represent the state of Alaska at the FLL World Championships. These are six students from Bear Valley Elementary School that consists of kiddos from grade 4th to 6th grade.



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