The College of Engineering will be hosting the 7th Annual Coastal Bend Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST) Robotics Competition on Oct. 22.
“The reason why our college got involved was to help promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) skills in the K-12 grades,” Director of Javelina Engineering Student Success Center Sheryl Custer said.
The competition, which is open to grades K-12, consists of two components.
“The actual design and building of a robot which will perform the functions required for each years game is the first,” Custer said. “The second is the marketing component of which teams have to sell their robot.”
This year, there are thirteen schools competing, which range from small schools likes Bruni High School to bigger schools like H.M. King High School.
Custer said that although the competition has been very successful in the past, this year they saw a decline in competitors because of a newly formed hub in the Rio Grande Valley.
“While it is a decrease in numbers for us, we still consider it a success because we helped to establish this new hub,” Custer said.
The competition offers a wide range of awards like the Best Presentation, Best T-shirt Design, Best Web-page Design and Best Spirit awards.
“We offer multiple awards because there is more to this competition than just building a robot,” Custer said. “By offering these awards, students who would not normally get involved have the opportunity to be a part of the team.”
Custer is currently looking for judges and volunteers for the competition.
“We are always needing judges and game day volunteers,” Custer said. “No experience necessary.”
If you would like to help at this event you can contact Sheryl Custer by phone at (361)-593-2799 or by email at [email protected].