Nut Jobs’ award-winning robot wows the crowd at BPES

a robot tosses rings in front of a crowd of young students in an outdoor setting

B-P’s FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team, the Nut Jobs, treated students at B-P Elementary School to an end-of-the-year show, featuring their award-winning robot named RG (“Random Generator”)!

a teenage girl wearing a tie dye shirt shows the crowd a robot as she talks into a microphone in an outdoor setting
Emily Mickan

In what was a challenging year, the Nut Jobs were able to compete in four tournaments this season including the Excelsior Regional Championship. The team placed eighth at the regional tournament, which was as far as they could advance because this year’s World Championships were cancelled. 

This past season, the team came home with two 6th place overall tournament wins, along with two 3rd place “Inspire” awards and two first place “Motivate” awards.

Nut Jobs team members for the 2020-2021 school year included Robert Hernandez, Andy Simonds, Joe Simonds, Emily Mickan, Felix Spilken, and Ben McNair. The team is coached by B-P first grade teacher Jill Becker and B-P board of education member Rob Becker.

a robot is shown on a stage in an outdoor setting
RG (“Random Generator”) the robot

four trophies are showcased on an outdoor stage

a blonde woman wearing a red white and blue tie dye shirt measures something in an outdoor setting with elementary students sitting around her
Jill Becker, coach of the Nut Jobs and first grade teacher at BPES.

a group of high school students are shown on a stage presenting their robot to a group of young students in an outdoor setting