Patrol Robot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Just call it "MERV."

That is the winning name in the Nebraska State Patrol's name-the-robot contest for its new bomb squad device.

The winning entry MERV, which is short for Mobile Explosive Removal Vehicle, was submitted by the two sixth grade classes at Geil Elementary School in Gering.

State Patrol Colonel Tom Nesbitt says more than 200 entries were submitted to name the impressive piece of machinery.

He congratulated the Geil students and noted the name came from a valuable teamwork lesson for the 45 sixth graders.

For submitting the winning entry, the students and their teachers each received a Nebraska State Patrol t-shirt.

MERV also was on hand for the presentation.

The 800 pound, $158,000 robot is designed for multiple uses and already had been used in several bomb threat situations.

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