Sixteen schools participated in the 2015 River Valley BEST competition Oct. 17 on the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith campus, but one school swept the top award categories.
Metro Homeschool of Blue Springs, Mo., placed first in the Robot Competition, received the BEST Award, BEST Project Notebook award, the Spirit and Sportsmanship Award and the IGUS Top Gun Award. Jason Merritt, electronics technology instructor at UAFS, called the team’s performance “wonderful.”
“Despite the team's dominance in the game by scoring three times as many points as the second place team, the team members had tremendous attitudes and also won the Spirit and Sportsmanship Award,” Merritt said. “That means a lot to me as the director, since I want each team to enjoy the learning aspect of BEST as much as the competition aspect.”
Two local schools, Northside High School and Chaffin Junior High School, along with Fulbright Junior High of Bentonville and Metro Home School, will advance to Frontier Trails BEST, the regional robotics competition featuring robotics teams from more than five states.
Northside also received the Most Elegant Design Award and placed third in the BEST Award. Chaffin Junior High received runner-up in the BEST Award, as well as the Web Page Award and BEST Exhibit Awards. Fulbright Junior High received second in the Robot Competition and the Most Robust Award.
Washington Junior High School of Bentonville placed third, and the Western Arkansas Technical Center placed fourth in the Robot Competition. WATC also placed first in the T-shirt category, while the Most Photogenic Robot Award went to Ramsey Junior High.
The Frontier Trails BEST Regional Championship will take place Dec. 5 at the Fort Smith Convention Center. For more information, contact Merritt at 479-788-7877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.