October 23, 2015 – This weekend, Metropolitan State University of Denver will host the Rocky Mountain BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) robotics competition. Twenty-eight local middle and high school teams will compete in Pay Dirt, a simulated mining game where robots move through a mine to extract materials.
Each team received an identical kit of materials and equipment and had six weeks to develop a robot. At the season kickoff event, teams were given a demonstration from MSU Denver students who developed their own prototype robot to help participants plan their individual machine designs.
Now, team robots will have to maneuver through different levels of the “game” to extract ores, each of which represents a different point value. The team that completes the most tasks, and thus collects the most points, wins the competition. Winning teams will be invited to compete in the Regional Championship at the Fort Smith Convention Center in Ft. Smith, Arkansas on December 4 & 5, 2015.
The mission of BEST is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields. The program introduces students to engineering and scientific inquiry through mentoring by industry professionals and hands-on experience.
The Rocky Mountain BEST competition is in its sixth year and depends on volunteers and sponsors to support the entire program. MSU Denver professors and students participate as mentors, judges and event personnel.
MSU Denver is developing a new aerospace, engineering sciences curriculum and facility to address next-generation needs in manufacturing. The BEST program complements theses efforts by cultivating creativity and innovation skills needed to help establish an educated workforce to drive Colorado’s economy for the long-term.
Spectators are welcome and the event is free to attend. The BEST Robotics Competition will be held at Auraria Campus Event Center, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, Colorado.
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.