The Bridgeport High School Robotics team, Bridgeport Engineering, competed at the Heart of Texas BEST competition at University High School in Waco last Saturday with their robot “Knucklehead."
The team was awarded the best rookie team award and finished in 2nd place in the game competition. With the second place finish in the game competition, the team qualifies to compete at the Texas BEST competition November 14-15 at the Culwell Center in Garland. There are 2 sides to the competition. A head to head competition of whose robot scores the most points on the obstacle course field. The other side to the competition involves 6 aspects. Part one is robot performance on the field. Part two is an engineering notebook that documents the 6 week process of the students building the robot. Part three is a 20 minute presentation followed by a 5 minute Q&A session. Part four is an exhibit booth. Part five is sportsmanship. Part six is team spirit.
Our students qualified to go to Texas BEST because they achieved 2nd place in the head to head competition. While they did compete in the other aspects, it was the product, the robot, that was built that won the day for us.
We are currently working to improve the other aspects of the competition for state. The Texas BEST competition includes the top teams from the states of Texas and New Mexico. For more information on the BEST contest, see www.bestinc.org.
Team members who competed in Waco on Saturday:
Elizabeth Highlander (McCarroll Middle School, Decatur ISD)
Saturday was a good day for Bridgeport Engineering.