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MSU Denver Hosts Rocky Mountain BEST Robotics Competition

26 area middle and high schools compete for local title


Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: October 25, 2013



WHAT: Entering its fourth year, Rocky Mountain BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) provided 26 local middle and high school teams an identical kit containing all materials and equipment necessary to construct a robot. The program is supported 100 percent through sponsors and volunteers; MSU Denver donates the facility for the event and a number of professors from aviation and aerospace science, engineering technology, industrial design and marketing also donate their time as mentors, judges and event personnel.

The annual BEST competition allows teams six weeks (Sept. 19 through Oct. 26) to design, build and test a robot, culminating in a competition with the other participants. This year’s game dubbed Gatekeeper, involves upgrading Squeaky, the original BEST robot from 2009. The objective is for teams to simulate the building of the BEST Computer Processing Unit (CPU). Participants maneuver Squeaky the robot to construct a CPU over the course of three fabrication stages. Each robot match is three minutes long and builds upon tasks completed in the previous stage to earn points.

WHY: MSU Denver is committed to promoting education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program introduces students to engineering/scientific methods through mentoring by industry professionals and actual hands-on experience. Kids experience real-world engineering while participating in an exciting and fun sport-like competition. Programs such as these are critical to the future of Colorado because they foster interest in skills needed by local employers for tomorrow’s workforce.  

WHEN/

WHERE: Saturday, October 26, 2013, Auraria Campus Event Center

(900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204)    

Agenda

Team Registration and Robot Compliance Check       7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Pit Briefing                                                                8:30 – 9 a.m.

Opening Ceremony                                                    9:45 – 10 a.m.

BEST Award team exhibits                                         9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Robotics Competition                                                 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.         

Awards Ceremony                                                      4:30 - 5 p.m.

 

WHO: Jose Lopez, lecturer in MSU Denver’s aviation and aerospace science department and executive director of Rocky Mountain BEST, is available for interviews along with students. Dean of the School of Professional Studies Sandra Haynes, Provost and Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs Vicky Golich and Professor and Chair of the Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science Jeff Forrest will be awarding trophies. 

Competing schools include: Bishop Machebeuf High School, Broomfield High School, Chaparral High School, Dakota Ridge High School, Denver School of Science and Technology, Denver South High School, Eagle Valley High School, East High School, Gateway High School, Henry World School, Legend High School, Littleton Academy, Lone Star/Otis High School, Manning Middle School, New Vista High School, North Middle School, Rangeview High School, Russell Middle School, Skyline High School, Skyview Middle School, St. Mary's Academy, Standley Lake High School, STEM Academy, Thomas Jefferson High School, Warren Tech, Wheat Ridge High School and William Smith High School.

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About Rocky Mountain BEST

Rocky Mountain BEST is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit corporation. It is the Colorado regional hub for BEST Robotics competitions and supports schools, teachers and students in the area who engage in BEST activities. The first chapter of BEST started in 1993 in Grayson County, Texas by two Texas Instruments engineers. Today there are 51 community-based BEST chapters in 16 states, made possible by 4,000 volunteers, 900 schools and 13,500 students nationally. To get involved visit http://rockymountainbest.org/

 

About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is the leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has more than 22,000 students and offers 55 majors, plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 75,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.