Middle school and high school robotics teams from Missouri and Illinois competed this past week at the Show-Me Boosting Engineering Science and Technology Bugs competition.

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Kevin Dinsdale

Press Release from State Fair Community College

Thirteen middle school and high school robotics teams from Missouri and Illinois competed Oct. 22 at the Show-Me BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) BUGS! competition at State Fair Community College.

Kevin Dinsdale, director of the State Fair Career & Technology Center and chair of the Show-Me BEST committee, said, “This event was a great learning opportunity for students on many different levels, from designing and building to marketing their robots. The teams built some amazing robots that required them to use math, engineering, problem solving skills and teamwork, and it was evident they had a fun time doing it.

“It took a lot of people—SFCC students, faculty, staff, and administrators to coordinate and host the competition, and they did a tremendous job. I’m also thankful to all the great business and industry partners whose financial support provided the kits the students used to build their robots. I’m very pleased with this year’s event and am looking forward to hosting another one in October 2012.”

Categories and winning teams:

Web design, spirit and sportsmanship, team exhibit, project engineering notebook, and most robust—Metro Homeschool, Blue Springs

T-shirt design and marketing presentation—Manteno High School, Manteno, Ill.

Founders award—Smith-Cotton High School, Sedalia

Game awards and winning teams:

First—Metro Homeschool, Blue Springs

Second—Manteno High School, Manteno, Ill.

Third—Neosho High School, Neosho

Fourth—Area 42 Robotics Division (St. Louis Homeschool Network, Webster Grove)

BEST Award and winning teams:

First—Metro Homeschool, Blue Springs

Second—Manteno High School, Manteno, Ill.

Third—Lebanon High School, Lebanon

The top four teams advancing from Show-Me BEST to Frontier Trails BEST regional competition Dec. 9-10 at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith: Metro Homeschool, Blue Springs; Manteno High School, Manteno, Ill.; Neosho High School, Neosho; and Lebanon High School, Lebanon. National competition is set for April 2012.

BEST Robotics Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that sponsors the nationwide robotics competition open to students in grades 7-12. In 2010 there were 41 community-based BEST sites in 15 states. SFCC is Missouri’s only hub site.

Schools participate at no cost.

“In 2010, more than 12,500 students from 850-plus middle and high schools and more than 4,000 volunteers participated in the BEST program,” said Dinsdale. “It gives students a real-world, hands-on engineering design challenge and helps demystify math and science. It also develops skills and aptitudes that industry needs in its workforce.”

In the competition, students are the primary participants, said Dinsdale. They perform the work and mentors serve as guides and advisors. Engineers and technical professionals from local industries serve as team mentors.

For more information, contact Dinsdale at (660) 530-5800, ext. 7257, or [email protected].