Tiger Robotics wins third overall at tri-state B.E.S.T. competition

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tiger Robotics wins third overall at tri-state B.E.S.T. competition

The A&M Consolidated Tiger robotics team won third place in the Tri-State Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology (B.E.S.T.) competition November 8-10 at the University of Texas-Dallas.

In this contest, teams were judged on the effective use of an engineering process and marketing strategy.

Teams created a marketing booth, gave an oral presentation, wrote a project engineering notebook, and displayed spirit and sportsmanship. The B.E.S.T. award is the overall aggregate of these categories and is considered the most prestigious award a team can earn.

Of the 60 robotics team in the competition, Tiger Robotics won first place in team website, team spirit and sportsmanship, team presentation, and team promotional display booth.  Additionally, the team placed 20th in the robot performance category.

B.E.S.T. is a nation-wide robotics competition in which high school and middle school students design, build, and market a fully functional robot in six weeks to accomplish a task set forth by the B.E.S.T. organization. This year, students had to build a robot that could transport cargo from the ground up a ten foot pole to a storage area, which represented a space elevator.

The competition consisted of science/engineering magnet schools, private/homeschool academies and public schools from Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The Tiger Robotics program is one of the few schools at the competition whose program is run as an extra-curricular club.  Consolidated students work and volunteer their time after school and on weekends.
The Tiger Robotics team is coached by Bart Taylor, Matt Young, Patrick Powell and Kimberly Caldwell and has more than 70 student members.

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