Starkville, MS, November 6, 2007 — Shopping-Bargains.com was one of four sponsors for a team of students from the Starkville Christian Home Educators (SCHE) who participated in the BEST Robotics competition held at Mississippi State University this year. The mission of BEST Robotics is to “inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology, and math through participation in a sports-like science and engineering based robotics competition.”
There were 11 teams from Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana competing. Each team of students in this six week competition was provided four motors along with building materials such as plywood, Plexiglas, PVC pipes, nuts and bolts, sheet metal and other miscellaneous hardware and challenged to build a robot capable of performing specific tasks via remote control.
The SCHE Team, named Eclipse –which consists of students ranging from elementary to high school aged children, have been diligently preparing for this competition. The students worked on the robot an average of 8 hours a week for six weeks.
The competition’s theme was a Mars mission and the robot, which they named Solar 12, was assigned the simulated objective of moving supplies from a landing site to a Martian colony. The process is entirely student driven. For the BEST Award, students have to develop the robot, create an engineering notebook, give an oral presentation, and create a booth display exhibiting to the work they have done.
As a non-traditional company, Shopping-Bargains.com looks for non-traditional ways to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and critical thinking skills in youth.
“We were pleased to reach out in our local community and encourage a group of students as they pursued new challenges. As a learning event, I was glad to hear they are already talking about things that need correcting for next year. In my opinion, they did very well for such a young team on their first competition” said Mike Allen, president and CEO of Shopping-Bargains.com.
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