This year U.I.L. B.E.S.T. (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics will be a hybrid contest. The 2020 Outbreak Classroom Contest will tackle students’ needs with the reality of our situation due to COVID-19. This contest model will allow teams to work together locally in small groups at Paris High School and home. They judge all activities online.
Each team will receive a robot kit and classroom field kit for use during this competition. It allows students to design, construct, and compete all from the Paris High School C.T.E. building. Students must identify, isolate, and vaccinate infected cells (wooden blocks) from the game field for the tasks this year. Along with the traditional contest components that include robot performance, engineering notebook, and marketing presentation, students will have several new online challenges to test their skills and knowledge. These online challenges include:
- New Robot Critical Design Review
- Virtual Team Exhibit and Interview
- BESTMania Skills Quiz
- Outbreak Minecraft Challenge
- Robot Modeling Challenge
- Engineering Drawings Challenge
- Video Design Challenge
- Website Design Challenge
The robot performance time trials will be held the week of November 14th and will be live-streamed online. The Paris High School team includes 25 9th-12th grade students from the C.T.E. Engineering classes.