University High School hosts B.E.S.T. Robotics Competition
Robots built by students took center stage on Saturday, October 29, at the University High School gymnasium. The all-day Heart of Texas BEST Robotics competition involved hundreds of students from throughout the area including Waco, Temple, Killeen and all points in between.
The theme for this year was "Bet the Farm"
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Using a box of raw materials, student teams at each competing school were given six weeks to design and build a remote-controlled machine that will perform a specific task. On competition day, the teams and their machines took part in a head-to-head sports-like competition to see which is BEST.
Heart of Texas BEST Robotics contests began in 2010 and have served more than 1,500 middle and high school students in the six county Heart of Texas Region. Seeking to motivate students towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, H.O.T. BEST Robotics is hosted and supported by Texas State Technical College-Waco.
Schools competed in five major scoring areas in an effort to win the BEST Overall Award which is scored not only by robot performance, but also by a marketing presentation, engineering design notebook, team exhibit, team interview and team spirit. Top finishers in the Waco meet will advance to the Texas BEST Regional Championship to take on the top teams from Texas and New Mexico.