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Take plywood, PVC pipe of various sizes, threaded rod, a box filled with screws and other hardware, an irrigation valve cover, piano wire, aluminum paint grid, a bicycle inner tube, something called a “micro-energy chain system”, an assortment of other odds-and-ends, and give it all to a team of students with the challenge to design and build a functioning, competitive robot in six short weeks!
BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics is a six-week competition that begins on Kick Off Day, includes a Mall Day, and culminates on Game Day. Teams participate in the robotic game, team engineering notebook, and several other events. The optional events include marketing presentation, exhibit interview, t-shirt design, and ROAR awards for integrity, innovation, and imagination.
North Lamar High School’s newest CTE (Career and Technology Education) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) class, Engineering Math, competed in the BEST Robotics contest at Texas A&M – Commerce. The team was very successful this year scoring well with the robot competition and participating in all the optional events. The team, sponsored by Kathy Stewart, was awarded the ROAR Innovation Award.
Pictured from left with the Innovation Award are Will Jamar, Heather Shannon, Grayson Smith, Jose Leyva, Ryan Conner, Shemar Hawkins, Chase Allen, and Alecia Bishop. Team members not shown are Tristan McReynolds, Andrew Johnson, Zach Routon, Cullen Jones, and Crystal Sheppard.