SCHE will once again be participating in Mississippi BEST. BEST is a robotics competition where students plan and build a robot to perform a task. The task will be revealed at the kickoff, which is scheduled for Saturday, September 6th. The team will have six weeks to complete the given task in order to be ready for the competition. SCHE will be competing against other schools from around the state.
The competition is broken into two parts. The first is a contest to see which robot is most efficient at a certain task. The second part of the competition allows students to discuss the process of what they learned and make oral presentations.
In order to get started, we need students who are interested in the actual build process. This is hands on planning and construction. Of course, electronics are involved, but students shouldn’t be discouraged from applying due to a lack of knowledge. Coaches and mentors will give instruction on how the various components work, and offer suggestions for the tough spots. Creativity, tenacity, and a willingness to learn are all that is required. Students involved in this process must keep a log book of the build process to be turned in during the competition.
The build process isn’t all drills and saws. Those with a knack towards computers will find plenty of opportunities to use their skills. This includes programming, website design, and working with digital photos.
Students who enjoy writing are very much needed and are encouraged to apply. The build process has to be documented and speeches have to be written. The documents will be brimming with technical details, but for someone with a creative flair, you may be able to make the information savory and interesting.
Do you have a gift in art? We have been blessed with incredible artists that have painted murals and posters (two who graduated this year). Our main scrapbooking student also graduated this year. If you enjoy taking a theme or idea and making it come alive, you will find a wonderful opportunity awaits you.
Perhaps your talents lie in music. Fabulous! We need students interested in participating on a pep band during the competition to keep everyone’s’ spirits up.
For those of you with a gift for designing, we need you too. We need display booths, recruiting booths, Powerpoint presentations, promotional literature, and marketing information created. This is also a wonderful opportunity for those of you who are great at public speaking to get involved.
The schedule will be as follows:
September 6th: Kickoff: We will receive the kits and instructions for the competition
October 11th: Test day: The course will be set up so the robot can be tested. It is also a good time to scope out the other robots.
October 17th and 18th: Game day: May the best robot win.
Meetings will be on Tuesdays and Fridays following the kickoff.
This competition is geared for junior high to high school students, but SCHE has a strong history of having younger students participate. It is a great opportunity for the older students to mentor the younger students. Please note that anyone under the age of 13 is welcome to participate, but will need to have a parent or other guardian to participate as well. Students can register for the team by visiting the following site:
We are also looking for additional mentors and coaches. The only thing required is enthusiasm. The students do the planning and building. They just need a gentle nudge and helpful idea every now and again. It really is fun, and the more adults we have, the better the students will do, since they will have more personal attention. Please consider volunteering. Send an email to Michael Lane (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to the team email list.
The SCHE team participating in the High School division took first place in the 2014 Seaperch South competition. The team will continue on to the national competition which will be held at the University of Southern Mississippi in May.
Several students also made it onto the local news stations:
SCHE will be participating in the Seaperch robotics competition which is being sponsored by the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University.
This is a wonderful competition for all ages to get involved in. Students create an aquatics robot to perform a task based on the theme for the year.
Teams are broken into age groups and limited to six students, but SCHE can field up to three teams in each category. There is a registration fee of $25 per student to cover kit parts and team registration fees.
Age groups are defined as:
- Category A – High School grades 9-12
- Category B – Middle Level grades 6-8
- Category C – Elementary grades 3-5
Registration for Seaperch will be through January 22nd, 2014. Meetings will begin January 28, 2014 and run once per week until the competition, which is in March.
Additional information about Seaperch can be found at: http://www.bagley.msstate.edu/outreach/seaperch-south/
To register for a team, please visit the Seaperch registration page.
For your viewing entertainment, we have included the video that won 1st place in the 2013 BEST Robotics video competition. Congratulations to all the SCHE Eclipse Robotics team members who put this together!
SCHE had a great time at this year’s 2013 Mississippi BEST competition. In addition to all the memories the team is taking away, they also earned the following awards:
2nd place BEST award
BEST presentation booth
BEST spirit and sportsmanship
SCHE Eclipse robotics also found their way onto the local news report. A former SCHE teammate (Miandra Maiers) was also interviewed!
As an outreach project, we took on the task of testing all the robot kits. The first night of testing was chaotic and a lot of people we confused about what they were supposed to be doing. So, for the second night of testing, we discussed some ideas to improve the process. We broke up into groups of three or four people. Each team had and older person on the team to act as the leader. The first thing we did was check all the kits to be sure they have all the parts that the need to have. We made checklists of each kit to make this step more efficient. While we were checking the kits, we were charging the batteries that would be needed to test the robot parts with. There was also a few people figuring out the functions for the robot brain. This system of testing proved to be a quicker and more efficient way than the chaotic mess that was the first night.
Starkville Christian Home Educators (SCHE) is entering a team in the BEST Robotics competition, which is a national competition for middle and high school students. The competition seeks to prepare students and encourage them towards an engineering field. It is entirely student driven where the students design and build a robot within a given time period to perform a particular task that is assigned at the start of the competition.
In addition to building the robot, part of the competition is to market the robot. The team must raise funds to help with the cost of materials. Money raised goes to the purchase of presentation materials, tools, constructions materials, travel and lodging expenses.
To help raise the money that the SCHE Robotics team will need, we are participating with Bron’s, LLC out of Lucedale, MS to sell frozen fruit and vegetables.
From Bron’s: What type of product do we sell? We sell vegetables and fruits that have been harvested, cleaned, and then flash frozen within 24 hours of the harvest. The vegetables come in 10-pound quantities and the fruits in 5-pound quantities. Because the product has been flash frozen, you can take a cup and scoop out the amount that you desire to cook, leaving the remainder in your freezer to be used at a later date.
Pickup will be at Emmanuel Baptist Church on August 2th, 2014 at 9:00am.
Directions to Emmanuel Baptist Church can be found at: http://goo.gl/maps/cHRsr