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NDSU to host Bison BEST Robotics competition

Middle and high school students from 16 area schools are set to compete this weekend in a robotics competition at NDSU.

The NDSU College of Engineering is scheduled to host the Bison BEST Robotics Competition Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, at Bentson-Bunker Fieldhouse. This is the 11th year NDSU has hosted the event.

BEST, which stands for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology, offers hands-on, real-world, engineering-based experience to middle and high school students. The mission of BEST Robotics is to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM, through participation in a sports-like science and engineering-based robotics competition.

Six weeks ago, each school received an identical kit of equipment and parts and a set of game rules. Their challenge is to design and build a prototype robot to perform various firefighting operations, which are represented by a playing field. Robots earn the teams points by carrying out a series of activities.

A live stream of the Saturday competition will be available.

The event consists of two parallel competitions. A robotics game in which four teams compete at once in a series of three-minute matches will take place on Saturday.

The other competition is for the BEST Award, which includes the delivery of a marketing presentation, design of a team exhibit and a spirit and sportsmanship component. The majority of the BEST Award categories are judged on Friday.

Engineers and other technical professionals from local industries served as mentors for the teams.

NDSU also is scheduled to host the Northern Plains BEST Robotics Regional Championship Nov. 29-Dec. 1. It will feature the 32 top teams from five BEST Robotics competition hub events in North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

For more information about the competition, contact Briana Nupdal at briana.nupdal@ndsu.edu or at 218-368-6356. 

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