From Press Reports
Twenty-four high school student teams will present their robot creations during the 2013 Mississippi Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology Robotics competition in Starkville.
The competition is Friday and Saturday at the Starkville High School gym. Schools enrolled for completion for the 2013 season include Eupora High School.
Mississippi BEST is designed to inspire creativity in high school and middle school students who have an interest in the engineering, science and technology. This year’s “Gatekeeper” theme focuses on the fabrication of a central processing unit, with students competing to create the newest and fastest option.
Teams were given six weeks to design and build a remote-controlled robot from the raw materials provided. The finished creation must be able to complete a specific task. Each team will be judged on a marketing presentation, vendor/sales booth, spirit, sportsmanship, engineering skills, technical notebook and robot performance.
The contest is free for students or schools to enter. BEST is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. It is designed to get students to think critically and compete at the highest level by putting students in real situations where they have to work together to provide the best solutions.
The winning teams at Mississippi BEST will travel to Auburn University to compete in the South BEST regional competition Dec. 7-8.
2013 sponsor/investors of the MS Best Robotics Competition include are MathWorks, Ridgeland; Caterpillar, Corinth; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi Inc., Blue Springs; Mississippi EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), Starkville; Kimberly-Clark, Corinth; MDA STEM Outreach; Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Jackson; Canton Nissan and the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University