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Our Team

Park Robotics Team 3883, The Data Bits, is a group of high school students from Cottage Grove, MN, who build robots that compete at the FIRST Robotics Competition.



These mentors manage the team from a distance, managing funding, other mentors, and organizing major events.

  • Chris Braun - Head Mentor
  • Mike Simurdiak - Advisor


    Build creates a robot that goes with the objective of the game. Using STEM skills they are able to design and create a successful robot.

  • Chris Nelsen
  • Jim Huber
  • Josh Taterka
  • Ken Atkinson
  • Mike Irving
  • Students
  • Alex C.
  • Austin N.
  • Ben E.
  • Dominic J.
  • Duane W.
  • Esther L.
  • Grayden B.
  • Jacob N.
  • Kevin M.
  • Laith A.
  • Noah S.
  • Shawn P.

  • Public Relations

    Public Relations’ overall goal is to give the team and robot exposure in and out of the community This is important because we want to spread the mission and values of FIRST as far as possible to create an impact on our community and beyond.

  • Sean Hoyt
  • Mirza Naveed
  • Katie Taterka
  • Students
  • Allen V.
  • Brandon C.
  • Gwen M.
  • Isaias M.
  • Jade Y.
  • Kyley T.
  • Liam K.
  • Lillian F.
  • Liv D.
  • Phillip Z.
  • Quentin Q.
  • Sam R.

  • Programming

    Programming’s job is to make the robot run, move and complete tasks with the help of software and programs. We use a program called Labview (Laboratory Virtual Instrument Engineering Workbench). It’s a visual programming language that controls what the robot can do.

  • Brennen Martin
  • Dean Hoyt
  • Jeff Erlanson
  • Oliver Cuzzourt
  • Rodney Braun
  • Steve Haugse
  • Students
  • Shakura B.
  • Leon D.
  • Jacob F.
  • Peter G.
  • Nathan J.
  • John K.
  • Jack L.
  • Lance M.
  • Ethan R.
  • Micah S.
  • Alex V.
  • William Y.