Our Team

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The youth of the N.E.R.D.S. team are the most important part of the team itself. Though small, each member has valuable skills to contribute to the group to take on the challenge and build from it.

Team as of January, 2018

Alex Peck is a new member from South Nodaway High School. Son of Betty Peck and he is the Communications Manager.

Nathan Meyer is the son of Clinton and Marcy Meyer. He attends Northeast Nodaway High School and holds a deep interest in electronics, specifically computers and robots. This interest and the urge to know more about robots prompted Nathan to join the team. He serves as the Operations Manager.

Jerry Nelson is the founder and mentor/coach of the team. Most of the robot construction and testing takes place in his shop in Conception, Missouri.

Colton Swalley is a robot operator and test driver, and helped with the building of the robot, mainly working on the special greenheart wood of it. He is the son of Karen and Ben Swalley. He is a student at Northeast Nodaway High School and enjoys basketball, baseball, and most sports and physical activities in general. Colton hopes to learn more about science and mechanics with the team.

Ellen Hayden goes to South Nodaway High School. Daughter of Kimberly Hayden and Rex Hayden. She serves as our Webmaster and works Engineering notebook.

Nicco LaBryer also attends South Nodaway High School. Son of Teresa Cordry. He is interested in software and media. He serves as our Chief Financial officer.

Blair Allen goes to South Nodaway High School. Daughter of Necama Parman and Josh Allen. She serves as our Shop Supervisor and Safety Inspector.

Noah Ferguson goes to South Nodaway High School. Son of Amy Ferguson and Rob Ferguson. He is our T-Shirt Designer and Electrical Engineer.

Several schools were approached for members, including Northeast Nodaway, Stanberry, Jefferson, and South Nodaway. Most members come from South Nodaway, but there are some problems with the drawbacks of coming from such a small school. The drawback is that most members cannot devote the time that may be needed for a robot. This is because of the fact that if a member is in another activity outside of school, time must be devoted to one thing mainly, as more members to cover are hard to find. This is also because the realm of competition is lowered due to less members, so more time is needed out with your head in the game. This can make getting things on the robot done take longer, so a lot of effort must be put forth from the team. For this, we are proud of our team, and are happy to be the N.E.R.D.S.