Sixty schools equipped with their student-built robots met on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas to complete a “Mission to Hubble”. The 2005 Texas BEST Championship attracted over 2,500 middle and high school students throughout the states of Texas and New Mexico.
Students came prepared to perform critical repairs to the
Hubble Space Telescope and match their remote-controlled robotic
machines in a game of strategy, speed, and skill. The SMU
School of Engineering and Texas Instruments proudly sponsored
the Olympic-style robotics championship. Additional sponsors
included Raytheon, National Instruments, Boeing, Lockheed
Martin, and Cummins Southern Plains, Ltd.
Texas BEST, which stands for Boosting Engineering, Science
and Technology, is one of three regional play-off events for
BEST Robotics Inc. that concludes an annual fall student team
robotics design challenge. As with local BEST contests, competition
day at Texas BEST is a thrilling mix of both science fair
and sporting event.
“Our country as a critical need to produce more engineering
graduates, and I can’t think of a better way to fulfill
this need than by creating a sense of excitement and interest
in the engineering profession through the Texas BEST competition,”
said Tammy Richards, assistant dean of the SMU School of Engineering.
“Several of the schools advancing to the championship
utilize The Infinity Project curriculum and credit it for
their team’s success. While students master technical
skills during the competition, they will also learn about
communication, leadership and teamwork, skills that will serve
them well no matter their future procession.”
For more information about The Infinity Project and how you
can get started in offering this exciting curriculum at your
school, visit our web site at www.infinity-project.org.
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