Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Students from across South Texas compete for top bot during Coastal Bend BEST Competition

KINGSVILLE - October 14, 2010

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

Twenty-one teams will participate in Oct. 23 Game Day at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

With controllers in hand and robots in the ring, dozens of students from across South Texas will put their engineering skills to the test during the Coastal Bend Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) competition at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

            The Game Day action kicks-off at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 23 at the Steinke Physical Education Center on the A&M-Kingsville campus. Table displays will be available for viewing beginning at 8 a.m.

            Coastal Bend BEST is a six-week workforce development program that aims to provide junior high and high school students from throughout South Texas with a fun and educational avenue to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles. Each fall, teams of students participate in the BEST program and compete in a sports-like robotics competition. This competitive setting promotes teamwork and problem-solving skills. Each team consists of a minimum of five students and only one team per school can compete.

            For the 6th year, A&M-Kingsville and the university’s Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering sponsor the event, providing teams with robot kits and a student mentor/guide. Faculty, staff and students from the college’s Industrial Technology department assisted by building the field where the competition will take place, building a prototype and keeping track of the technical rules of the game. A&M-Kingsville engineering students have also helped by mentoring the teams. The college’s mechanical and electrical engineering departments have also assisted in arranging for mentors and studying game rules.

            Teams are charged with designing and building a radio-controlled machine to accomplish defined tasks in a game-type format. Teams have had six-weeks to complete their robot. But the competition is not just about who can build the best robot—teams are also required to incorporate diverse elements in their competitions including a notebook, oral presentation, table display interviews, and are also judged on spirit and sportsmanship. Awards are presented for a variety of recognitions, from Most Robust to Best T-shirt Award.

            Everyone is encouraged to attend the Game Day competitions to support and cheer on their team. This event is free and open to the public.

Teams include students from the following schools:
School of Science and Technology in Corpus Christi
Richard King High School
Bishop High School
Gillett Intermediate
Memorial Middle School
Harlingen High School
Brewster Elementary School (Edinburg)
Ingleside High School
Webb ISD
Sabas Perez Magnet School for Engineering and Technology (Laredo)
San Benito High School
United South High School
Harlingen South High School
Innovation Academy—Moody High School
George West High School
Banquete High School
Weslaco High School
Freer STEM Academy
Edinburg High School
South Middle School (Edinburg)

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. For more information, contact Sheryl Custer at 361-593-2799.



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