The Ereckson Middle School robotics team competed in the virtual Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) of Texas UIL and BEST competition and won the first-place BEST award, second place for their virtual robot, and third place for their video design.
The BEST award is given to the school that achieves the highest combined points from their robot performance, exhibit, engineering notebook, and marketing presentation.
This year’s competition, called “Outbreak,” was about locating and isolating a virus and vaccinating against it. Students could compete on either in-person or at-home teams.
All teams had to design, build prototypes, and code a physical robot. The in-person teams then competed in a live-streamed contest. The at-home teams programmed a virtual robot on a simulated game field.
Teams also had to submit an engineering notebook, deliver a virtual marketing presentation, design, present their virtual exhibit, and provide a critical design review.
Each team had eight weeks to complete the necessary requirements. After the eight weeks, they participated in local HUB competitions. The winners of the Local HUBS in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico then advanced to the BEST of Texas UIL and BEST competition.
Congratulations to the students and sponsors of the Ereckson robotics.