11/15/13 - SA BEST students, this is for you! The game teamis looking for some student feedback on the game and on if it helped further your knowledge related to the game theme. Please take a few minutes and take this survey. I'm told that you'll have a chance to win a robot kit, t-shirts and other stuff.
11/13/13 - Texas BEST was a blur. All the SA BEST teams did a fine job. UET (below) was able to take home the top prize - they won the BEST Award. St. Mary's Hall played in the wildcard. UET and Lee both reached the semi-finals. Alamo Home school, Lutheran HS, Navarro HS, and Stacey HS all had good showings as well. Acomplete list of the awards fpr SA BEST teams is:
11/3/13 - Congratulations to all our teams for the tremendous effort in yesterday's robotics competition. Below is a summary of the results for the robotics competiton, the BEST award, and our other awards. It is quite impressive that the level of doumentation for the notebooks, the polish on the presentations, and the effectiveness of the exhibits seems to get better every year. All teams should be extremely proud!
San Antonio BEST Award Results:
* teams advancing to Texas BEST from SA BEST
More pictures will be coming during the next few days.
10/13/13 - Half-way there teams - just two more weeks to demo day and three until the contest. Do you have your strategy down yet? If you haven't found this excel inventory/scoring sheet you should really have a look. The rules are quite complicated, and the score sheet will help you to validate your approach (and the way that you've read the rules.) You've been keeping up with the Q&A, right?
Do you have music that you'd like to suggest for game day? Shoot me an e-mail with your suggestions (please include your team name/number) and we'll see if we can add the song.
9/29/13 - We hope that teams are making good progress. Remember that you can always contact us for help/advice/emotional support.
Below is a random picture from kickoff; more pictures are available.
9/15/13 - Kickoff is this Saturday (9/21). We'll do some introductory kit training (primarily for new teams) in the morning from 10:30 to 11:30 and then Kickoff will start at 12:30 (so teams that trained in the morning can grab a quick lunch). This will all take place at the University Center at St. Mary's University. We expect to be finished with everything (meeting, kit pick up and game demo) by about 3:00 pm.
Below are a couple quick notes on kickoff:
9/8/13 - A quick update with kickoff less than two weeks away! Software training is on Saturday 9/14 at 9:00 AM at St Mary's University in the Moody Life Building, Room 102. At this meeting, we will hand out the return kits to those teams that indicate they are coming to the meeting. The kits are necessary so that you will have the Cortex and other components on which to train. Teams should bring a windows-based computer on which to install the software – you must have administrative privileges on the computer for the software to install properly. Because space is limited, there can be no more than three persons from a team in the room at a time (that is, a teacher and two students, or three students). It is possible that we will relax this limit if only a small fraction of the teams plans to participate in the training. We will be working with EasyC which requires an individual license key that we will provide. You can actually download and install it now and use a 30-day trial if you are putting it on a computer that has not previously had the software installed.
We'll still do some overview training just before kickoff on the 21st, but we won't have time to go into any software detail at that point, that's why we're doing it early.
The SA BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) competition is a contest held annually to inspire and interest students in the fields of science and engineering. With guidance from adult mentors, local teams of students design and build a remote controlled machine to accomplish a specific task. The students are given a box of raw materials from which to build the machine and 6 weeks to design and construct it. The task of the robot is kept secret until Kick-off Day, when all the teams are told what the robot is required to do. On Competition Day, all schools will compete head-on with each other in a thrilling science-fair-turned-sports-event. Several teams advance to the regional Texas Best competition and compete with the BEST robots from other areas. More information on the BEST concept is available.
SA BEST appreciates the contributions of all sponsors, but would particularly like to recognize
for their contributions to all BEST hubs through their Yes Program
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