NFPA Robotics Challenge Winner Enjoying College and Contributing to His Community

I recently caught up with Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 NFPA Robotics Challenge winner. Spencer won the $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year for four years) for his work in using fluid power in his team’s FIRST® Robotics competition robot when he was senior in high school. He is using this scholarship to attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Mechanical Engineering program. Here’s what Spencer has been working on in his first semester:

I just finished up my final exams and essays for the quarter. I have certainly settled into college life, and I’m really glad I decided to attend MSOE. My classes for the first quarter were Chemistry I, Calculus I, Intro to Engineering Design, and Honors Seminar I, which is my freshman humanities and English class. Honors Seminar also includes a year-long servant leadership project, and my group’s project for the year is renovating a local park. Now that the fall quarter is over, I should be looking at A’s in all four of my classes, and I’ll be working hard towards four more in the winter quarter when I’ll be taking Chemistry II, Calculus II, Computer Applications in Engineering I, and Honors Seminar II.


Also in the past eleven weeks, I have joined MSOE’s Formula Hybrid team (last year’s world champions!). Additionally, I have also begun to mentor a local Milwaukee FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team. So far my responsibilities on the team have included training students in the machining and design of an off-season robot, and I expect that these responsibilities will carry over into the FRC build season. I am also continuing my involvement in robotics through volunteering at FIRST Lego League tournaments and VEX Robotics competitions, and I plan on volunteering at a FIRST Tech Competition event hosted at MSOE after the first of the year.

Every time I talk with Spencer I am more impressed by his motivation and the way he continually gives back in his community. From all his work, and his attitude, you can tell that he will be successful in whatever he does. If you would like to help more students like Spencer by becoming a judge for the 2018 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship applications, please contact Lynn Beyer at (414) 778-3364 or

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