“Take plywood and a box filled with items such as PVC pipe, screws and other hardware, an irrigation valve cover, piano wire, aluminum paint grid, a bicycle inner tube, a BRAIN (BEST Robotics Advanced Instruction Node programmable platform), and something called a micro-energy chain system and try, within six weeks, to design and build a functioning machine that can perform certain, specific tasks in three minutes. What do you get? You get BEST, a middle and high school robotics competition whose mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.” – BEST Robotics
This fall, Bryan Collegiate competed in a 6 week BEST Robotics Season. Our team name is Revolutionary Robotics because we want to revolutionize the way our world works. This season, our robot engineering team built a robot that could successfully rescue a mannequin, move “chemical drums”, and put out “fire” (our chemical drums were paint cans and our fire were solo cups). Our robot did better than we’ve ever done. Thanks to some great engineering mentors from Texas A&M, our students learned so much.
However, it wasn’t all about building a robot. Our robot is only worth a final 15 out of 100 points. We also get scored for our marketing presentation, exhibit, informal interviews, engineering notebook, website, spirit, and sportsmanship. Our marketing team did excellently after working with senior marketing students from A&M and a marketing professional from the Spirit of Texas Fest. All of our team contributed to completing our 32 page engineering notebook! And finally our exhibit build team and our informal interview team did so well that we won 1st place for our team exhibit!