Stone Middle School’s Robotics class recently competed in the Lion’s Pride BEST Robotics Competition at Texas A&M Commerce. This year’s event called ‘Pay Dirt’ brought eighteen local schools together competing by boosting engineering, science and technology (BEST).
Stone science instructor, Jeremy Glossup, and a class of 7th and 8th graders, all new to robotics, were given instructions and a box of materials that consisted of PVC pipe, a sheet of metal, plywood, motors, screw and other miscellaneous items. In a six week period, a robot was built that met the specifications of the competition.
“Each team was given a scenario of building a robot that could successfully ‘mine’ different commodities in a mine shaft that is too dangerous for human workers,” said Glossop. “The team also had to create a fictitious company and give a marketing presentation to the judges in which they were ‘bidding on the job’ to mine the commodities in the competition. The students were to do this all on their own as teachers were not allowed to give technical advice.”
The final competition was robot against robot. Each match consisted of four teams competing head to head in a challenge of maneuvering their robot through a maze-like course accomplishing specific directives. Stone’s team placed sixth and won two Roar Award trophies for Integrity and Innovation.