My favorite Martians…success at BEST Robotics, Inc.

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For 8 hours of screaming fans, pounding drums, whistle-blowing referees, chanting spirit teams and tumbling cheerleaders, the Gunter High School gymnasium resembled an intense sports tournament…but not a single “athlete” on the field was human.  They were all robots. 

Welcome to Game Day 2007 of BEST Robotics, Inc.  In the North Texas BEST hub, 16 high school and middle school teams have managed to builda remote controlled robot similar to the Mars rovers which could theoretically operate on Mars to unload cargo and bring it inside a base.

 I’ve never seen a “science fair” anything like this.  It was loud and exciting and intense…not at all quiet and nerdy. LOL

That’s my team…the Maniacs Attempting Robot Science, or MARS.  We’re homeschoolers and this is our first year in robotics.  The kids were amazing.

We made it to the semifinals in the robot game, placing right in the middle of the pack.

We brought home first in a side competition for the Most Photogenic Robot.

And, most impressivly, we took 4th overall for the BEST award, which encompasses the robot’s performance, a multi-media oral presentation, our efforts to promote science and technology in our community, our spirit and sportsmanship, an extensive engingeering notebook documenting the process, a research essay on the real-life applications of the robotics competition, and student-built display chronicling the entire project.  Science, writing, public speaking, marketing, art, and a whole lot of fun.  Wow!  We were thrilled with 4th place since we were competing against teams with up to 14 years experience in the tournament.  (BTW 1st place for the BEST award went to the only other homeschool team.  Congratulations Texoma Home Educators!)

Next year…watch out!

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Jordi and her daddy after a fun day collecting spirit buttons from the other robot teams.

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