National Robotics Competition Slated at Penn State DuBois, Public Welcome

The competition in progress in the campus gymnasium during last year's BEST at Penn State DuBois. (Provided photo)

The competition in progress in the campus gymnasium during last year’s BEST at Penn State DuBois. (Provided photo)

DUBOIS – A nation-wide robotics competition for middle and high school students will take place at Penn State DuBois in October, and all interested spectators from the public are invited to attend.

The BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) robotics competition will take place on Oct. 24, in the campus gymnasium, with Penn State DuBois serving as a local hub for the competition.

Teams participating in this year’s BEST at Penn State DuBois are DuBois Area, DuBois Central Catholic, Redbank Valley, Clarion-Limestone, Wider School, Ridgway Area, Clearfield County Career and Technology Center, Vocatio Career Prep, and Strathaven.

BEST provides all necessary parts and equipment for teams to build a robot that they can use to run a course and perform specified tasks. The theme of this year’s BEST is titled Pay Dirt, and is based on deep mining techniques and the design, construction, and operation of the machines utilized in mining.

The robot must be built within a six-week time frame. On the days of the contest, all teams will run the course, competing for the best times and course completion.  Through participation in this project-based program, students learn to analyze and solve problems utilizing the Engineering Design Process, which helps them develop technological literacy skills. The goal is to better prepare these students for further education and careers in STEM fields, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The learning opportunities with BEST don’t stop at STEM fields, however.  Teams also compete and receive awards for other areas of the project, which include marketing, exhibition, sportsmanship, and team spirit.

All members of the community are invited watch the BEST at Penn State DuBois competition.  It is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Oct. 24, in the campus gymnasium at Penn State DuBois.

Winners of BEST at Penn State DuBois will advance to the Northern Plains BEST Regional Championships to be held Dec. 4-6, at North Dakota State University.

More information can be found at http://dubois.psu.edu/best

BEST at Penn State DuBois is made possible by Fairman Family Foundation, Comtec, Atlas Pressed Metals, Abbot Furnace, Miller Welding, Eastern Sintered Alloys, and Symmco.

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