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Volunteers needed for robotics competition

The Northern Plains BEST Regional Robotics Competition, hosted by North Dakota State University, needs volunteers to help judge and referee Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Fargo Civic Center.

BEST stands for boosting engineering, science and technology. Its mission is to inspire middle school and high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math through participation in a sports-like, science and engineering-based, robotics competition. The students are given six weeks to design and build a robot to compete against other robots.

Twenty-four teams advanced from their local hub competition and earned a spot to compete in the regional championship at the Fargo Civic Center, Dec. 6-8. This year’s competition, Warp XX, revolves around a space mission and the concept of a “space elevator.”

Volunteers are needed:

Friday, Dec. 7

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., technical and non-technical judges

Saturday, Dec. 8

8 a.m. to 3 p.m., technical and non-technical judges needed

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., referees

8 a.m. to noon, morning shift pit crew

noon to 4:30 p.m., afternoon shift pit crew

Sign up to volunteer and inspire youth to become our next generation of engineers and scientists.

The competition is free and open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Fargo Civic Center. The
opening ceremony is at 8:30 a.m.
Robot matches are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

You can also watch the event live online.

For more information, contact Nancy Rossland at 701-231-7994 or

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