Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rockin' Roboticists .....

The road to a future career in engineering and design, electronics and more, is being navigated NOW by robots conceived, built and directed by Midland youngsters.

I had the great pleasure, recently, of traveling to Lubbock-Estacado High School for a day of high-tech, high-excitement competition. The 2009 BEST Robotics Contest attracted teams from schools across the Permian Basin, High Plains and Panhandle regions of West Texas - including Coach Curt Cowdrey and the Pegasus Project of Midland's San Jacinto Junior High School.

This is just the latest venture of perhaps the most extraordinary academic program in the Tall City ... and certainly the most fun. These are the same boys and girls (at the Lubbock contest, SJ had the highest percentage of girls on their team) who, late last year,
built and launched their own rockets. This spring, they'll take the field at Midland College - with a full-size trebuchet in tow - to defend their championship in last year's West Texas Milk Jug Chuckin' Competition.

ADDED NOTE: This year's competition in Lubbock featured teams from two Midland schools, with a squad from Midland-Trinity taking the field with their robotic entry. It was a small, fledgling entry into to the contest - but I suspect that will grow, now that outstanding science teacher Chuck Bell has made the move to Midland-Trinity.

In the meantime, here are some photos of SJ's squad at this year's contest ...

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