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Metro Homeschool Robotics Wins 1st Place Best Award Best National Championship

Metro Homeschool Robotics Wins 1st Place Best Award Best National Championship

May 8, 2010
Metro Homeschool Robotics Wins 1st Place Best Award Best National Championship in Dallas Texas


The Metro Homeschool Robotics team became the first team ever to win the 1st Place BEST Award at the inaugural BEST National Championship this past weekend. The BEST National Championship was held in conjunction with the VEX Robotics World Championship at the Dallas Convention Center April 23rd and 24th. The team secured 1 of the 12 spots in the National Competition by taking 1st Place BEST Award at both their Hub and Regional Competitions in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. The team also won the best programming skills award.

BEST, which stands for Boosting Engineering Science and Technology, is a middle and high school robotics competition whose mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields. In this year’s game, the students were encouraged to plan strategies and make robots capable of collecting and scoring game pieces which represented common molecules (CO2, H20) and essential resources (energy, catalysts) to complete a series of chemical equations.

The top award given is the BEST Award, which is presented to the team that most embodies the concept of BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology).  To meet the requirements of the BEST Award the students must create a technical notebook, a tradeshow display booth, give an oral presentation, and demonstrate spirit and sportsmanship during the competition, as well as, designing and building a robot to compete with.  The BEST Award is considered the most prestigious of all the awards presented.

The Metro Homeschool Robotics Team is made up of 27 middle and high school students from the following communities in Missouri:  Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Pleasant Hill, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Raytown, and Independence.   Students also hail from Shawnee and Overland Park, Kansas.   The team was founded in December 2007 and meets at a team member’s home in Blue Springs.  The team consists of boys and girls ranging in age from 11 to 18.

The Metro Homeschool Robotics Team is currently working to start a BEST Hub in Kansas City, so that Kansas City area schools would have the opportunity to compete in BEST Robotics locally. The team will be demonstrating their robots capabilities and have information about BEST Robotics at the School Day at the K (Royals Stadium) on May 13, 2010.

There are 4 students from Lee's Summit; Cameron Chartier, Caitlyn & Chandler Hetzel and Matthew Mohler.  Two of the mentors on the team are also from Lee's Summit; Sean Chartier and Carl Hetzel. Team leaders are Dan & Lisa Stacy of Blue Springs, MO.


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