Texas A&M University-Kingsville

High School Students and Their Robots Compete at BEST Robotics and Science Competition at A&M-Kingsville Oct. 13

KINGSVILLE - October 09, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

On Saturday, Oct. 13, student teams from eight area high schools will put robots of their own design and construction to the test at the BEST Robotics and Science Competition at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The competition will be held at the Steinke Physical Education Center located on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus on Engineering Drive between Armstrong Street and University Boulevard. Opening ceremonies begin at 12:45 p.m., with the competition scheduled to run through the afternoon. The public is invited to attend, free of charge.

Hub site A&M-Kingsville and the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering provided the robot kits, competition locations and volunteers—all of which allow the participating schools to take part in the BEST competitions at no charge.

The competition is the culmination of more than a month’s work by the students to build a radio-controlled robot patterned after a lunar rover that could drive and pick things up. Judges will determine which teams’ robots are the best at retrieving items, placing them in a holding basket on the robot, driving the items to a receiving area and dropping them off. The competition will be held in a series of three-minute, round robin matches. There also will be a second competition, in which students show their original design work – be it a poster, model, audio/visual or other display – based around the theme, “2007: A Space Odyssey.”

The eight South Texas high schools taking part in the competition include:

Ben Bolt High School
Bruni High School
Calallen High School
Flour Bluff High School
George West High School
Ingleside High School
Port Aransas High School
Taft High School

The eight schools represent the remaining teams from 12 that participated in the BEST Competition kick-off on Sept. 1, also held at Texas A&M-Kingsville, where the student teams received competition guidelines and supplies. The robot designers returned to campus Oct. 6 for Demo Day to test their designs on the course prior to the final competition.

BEST Robotics Inc. is a nonprofit, national volunteer organization. BEST stands for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology. The mission of the organization is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology through participation in a sports-like science and engineering-based robotics competition.

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