weather icon Clear

Robotics team raising funds for state championship trip

A Pahrump youth robotics team is working to raise funds for its journey to Northern Nevada for an annual state championship.

Awkward Silence, a Pahrump Southern Nye County 4-H robotics team, will host the third annual Awkward Silence 4-H Gala, open to the public, at the Bob Ruud Community Center on Jan. 24 to raise funds for its trip to Sparks. The team is currently ranked No. 1 in Southern Nevada for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge program.

Jennifer Woeger-Riendeau, who coaches Awkward Silence with her husband, Jason Riendeau, said the team is hoping to raise at least $3,000 during its gala.

Awkward Silence is one of two dozen teams fighting for the chance to compete in Sparks for the state championship in February.

Only 16 out of the 24 teams will head to Sparks in February for the state championships, and Awkward Silence is on track to go.

The 2019-20 season got underway in the fall of 2019, and Awkward Silence pushed its way to the top of the leader board for Southern Nevada at the last meet-play in December, which was held in Pahrump.

The Pahrump team also hit a record at the December meet-play. Awkward Silence now holds the record for the highest-scoring match, according to Woeger-Riendeau.

Awkward Silence has been a strong team since it formed during the 2017-18 season. The team went to the semi-finals in the statewide competition that season in Reno.

Awkward Silence isn’t the only Pahrump team to make it to the high rankings. The Pahrump Valley High School Circuit Breakers were ranked third in Southern Nevada, according to Woeger-Riendeau.

The Circuit Breakers debuted in the 2018-19 season of for the robotics competitions and went all the way in the statewide championship in Las Vegas.

Nonprofit FIRST Nevada, an organization behind several robotics competitions for youth in the state, is behind the FIRST Tech Challenge. Pahrump 4-H and multiple schools in the Nye County School District participate in the programs and competitions.

The FIRST Tech Challenge is one of several robotics programs and competitions from FIRST Nevada. The FIRST Tech Challenge is for kids ages 12-18 (seventh to 12th graders).

The gala will be held at the Bob Ruud Community Center from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 24 at 150 N. Highway 160 and will include a silent auction, raffle and snacks.

Awkward Silence will also have its ring on display with the team’s robots. Some other area robotics teams will also be in attendance and have things on display at the event.

Awkward Silence is currently seeking donations for prizes at its gala — large or small.

For more information on Awkward Silence or to find out how to assist in their efforts, visit https://bit.ly/2uwNlh1

Contact reporter Jeffrey Meehan at jmeehan@pvtimes.com, on Twitter at MeehanLv

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Wynn harassment case results in regulation for gaming licensees

A new anti-discrimination regulation emphasizing sexual harassment prevention takes effect March 1, thanks in part to the two-year-old incident involving Steve Wynn.

Nye County Democrats turn out for early voting

For the first time ever, the Nevada Democratic Party made the decision to expand its caucus process by including early voting this year and residents from all across the state turned out in droves to participate, with long lines reported at many of the early voting locations throughout the Silver State.

Nye County School District Superintendent Dale Norton set to retire

For more than 30 years, Dale Norton has been an integral part of the Nye County School District family, starting his career as a principal in Amargosa and eventually making his way up the ranks to become Superintendent, but his time with the Nye County School District is now nearing its end.

Desert View Hospital chief of staff dies

A well known and respected physician at Desert View Hospital has died.

Presidential candidate Tom Steyer stumps in Pahrump

Upward of 100 Pahrump residents converged upon the Pahrump Senior Center for a meet and greet with Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Soroptimist Club fundraiser returns next weekend

Described as a global volunteer organization providing women and girls access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment, the Soroptimist organization is also active in the Pahrump Valley, helping women and girls succeed within the community.

In Season: Successfully transplanting seedlings to the garden

Few things are as excruciating as excitedly watching seeds germinate and grow only to have them die upon transplanting the seedling to your garden.