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In the classroom: Omaha North Robotics team competes at World Championships

Posted at 7:36 AM, Apr 27, 2018

More than 25,000 participants from 30 different countries are in Louisville, Kentucky, competing in the Vex Robotics World Championships.  A few teams from Omaha are there, including one from Omaha North High School. 

Robotics teacher Jeremy Wiener says this group has gotten so close to qualifying before. 

"Just seeing the relief they got when they found out they were going and all the work that they have done for the past three years to get there was great," said Wiener.  

The Nebraska Nerd Herd as they are called received a bid to Worlds after winning a skills challenge at the State Championship. 

Matthew Nevarez has experienced the craziness that is Worlds. 

"It is hard to think about how big it really is," said Nevarez. 

But, this trip is a first for Kenya Lewis the team's only girl. 

"I expect a lot of people and a lot of fun at the same time," said Lewis. 

Lewis believes the hardest part will be making a name for Omaha North at the competition. 

"Just getting to be known at the competition will be hard because there will be hundreds and hundreds of kids from a lot of different countries. So just like getting our presence out there will be hard," said Lewis. 

Before Thursday's matches started, Omaha North's Noah Landis video chatted with Anchor Emily Szink from Kentucky.  

"It is nice meeting people from different areas of the world and getting to know them and nice to see people you have met before," said Landis. 

Their robotics instructor hopes they soak up the experience. 

"It is one thing to get to Worlds and compete, it is another thing to feel like we did good here, we did well," said Wiener.