BEST prepares youth for Robotics Game Day

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BEST prepares youth for Robotics Game Day

October 20, 2010

 BEST Robotics
More than 150 youth were on campus Saturday at Northwestern Oklahoma State University practicing and preparing robots for BEST Game Day planned for Oct. 29-30, in Percefull Fieldhouse.

More than 150 youth attended the Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Saturday. Youth interested in engineering, science and technology were invited to campus to build robots in preparation for Game Day.

Game Day is set for Oct. 29-30, and will be held in Percefull Fieldhouse at the Northwestern-Alva campus. Activities begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. that day. The public is encouraged to attend Game Day to learn more about robotics.

Schools that will be participating this year include, Alva Middle and High School, Burlington High School, Chamberlain Middle School, Cheyenne High School, Elk City High School, Kingston High School, Lawton Academy of Arts and Science, Lomega High School, OSSM-Alva, Payne County Christian, Perry High School, Pratt (Kan.) High School, Shattuck High School, Taloga High School, Western Heights High School (Blue and Red) and Wynona High School.

This contest is available to local high school students who design and build a remote-controlled robot. Education and industry professionals volunteer as mentors and coaches providing professional expertise in the design and construction process in hopes to simulate a “real world” business and engineering environment.

The BEST program goals are intended to inspire students toward careers in engineering, science and technology by showing that it can be fun and exciting. The BEST program was started by two engineers at Texas Instruments in 1993. Winning teams at Heartland BEST will advance to Frontier Trails BEST, Dec. 4-5, at the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith, Ark.

For more information about BEST, contact Dr. Tim Maharry, BEST director and associate professor of mathematics, at (580) 327-8583 or tjmaharry@nwosu.edu.

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