The robotic teams from Westbrook Intermediate and League City Intermediate both won first place awards at the USTEM Competition on October 31, 2015. The RobotCats from League City Intermediate won the 1st place award in robot design and the 2nd place BEST award. WIRED, the Westbrook Intermediate team, won 1st place exhibit and interview and 1st place Engineering Notebook as well as 1st Place BEST award and 2nd place robot design award.
The BEST award is given to the teams that ranked highest overall on their project engineering notebook, marketing presentation, display booth, robot, spirit, and sportsmanship. WIRED and the RoboCats will now move on to the Texas BEST Regional Championship at UT Dallas November 13-14.
These intermediate school students compete against other intermediate and high school students from several states, including teams from engineering magnet schools. WIRED has advanced to Texas BEST eight of the last nine years. This is the third year that the RoboCats have been a team at League City Intermediate and every year have advanced to Texas BEST.
For the 2015 competition, the challenge was to mine mineral commodities and make repairs to a collapsed mine that can only be fixed by a robot. Students had to collect the minerals, repair the mine and pay attention to the market shift value of the mineral commodities. At the beginning of the season, the teams received a box of raw materials, including plywood, PVC, metal, and nuts and bolts. WIRED and the RoboCats designed, prototyped, built, and integrated robot subsystems into a final product. This robot only required one tool to efficiently complete the tasks.
BEST is not only about the robot competition. It requires a project engineering notebook documenting the engineering process and design (including CAD drawings), a marketing presentation and exhibit, and considers the team’s enthusiasm and sportsmanship during events.