Wolverine BEST Hub 2011 Competition
Grove City College is pleased to host the Wolverine BEST Hub (sponsored by ANSYS, Inc. and the Buhl Foundation). The hub director is Dr. Mike Bright - firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-450-4095.
Kick-Off Day - Saturday, September 10, 2011
Teachers and students gathered in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center to learn about this years game, Bugs!, and receive the materials to build their robots. Teams were enthusiastic and asked a lot of great questions. Many were already hard at work on this year's design.
In the afternoon we offered several training sessions. Thanks to Chris Anderson, Alan Hough, Cindi McCall, Ethan Anastos and Nicole Walzer for leading sessions. There was training on programming the robot, competing for the BEST award, using the Mathworks Simulink product (thanks to Sandeep Hiremath for his webinar) and an open discussion on all things BEST and Bugs!
Mall Day - Saturday, October 8, 2011
Mall Day was 10 AM - 4 PM at Ross Park Mall in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Most teams brought functioning robots and had a chance to practice on the actual game field. There was also a lot corporate espionage going on as teams checked out creative designs on other 'bots. The West Middlesex scissors lift and Punxsutawney spiked wheels drew a lot of attention.
Game Day - Friday/Saturday, October 21/22, 2011
Wow! Game Day 2011 was a fantastic event. The team exhibits were lively, the marketing presentations were professionally done, the engineering notebooks were very descriptive, and the spirit and sportsmanship shook the arena foundations. The robot competition was intense and frequently brought the crowd to its feet. Thanks to Dr. Dave Valentine for his excellent announcing and to Dr. Tim Mohr's referee crew for fast and fair results. There were 20 great robots and teams in attendance, but in the end, only a few could claim the following awards:
1st BEST Award - Cornerstone Christian Prep
2nd BEST Award - Mercer High School
3rd BEST Award - Punxsutawney High School
1st Robot Competition - DuBois Area High School
2nd Robot Competition - Cornerstone Christian Prep
3rd Robot Competition - Eden Christian Academy
4th Robot Competition - Glenoak High School
1st Team Exhibit - Mercer High School
1st Marketing Presentation - Punxsutawney High School
1st Engineering Notebook - West Middlesex High School
1st Spirit & Sportsmanship - Cornerstone Christian Prep
Founder's Award for Creative Design - DuBois Area High School
Most Robust Robot - Family Instructors of the North Suburbs
BEST Middle School - Ft. LeBoeuf Middle School
Clarion Area High School
Cornerstone Christian Prep School
DuBois High School
Eden Christian Academy
Family Instructors of the North Suburbs
Ft. LeBoeuf Middle School
George Junior High School
Glenoak High School, OH
Grove City High School
Harbor Creek High School
Hickory High School
Jamestown High School
Mason High School, OH
Mercer High School
Punxsutawney High School
Reynolds High School
Saegertown High School
Slippery Rock High School
Slippery Rock Middle School
West Middlesex High School
The Wolverine BEST competition is offered to schools at no cost to the school. Grove City College sponsors the venues and provides much of the people power to make this happen. Materials to build the robots, materials to build the fields and operational costs are provided through the generous support of the following organizations:
Premier Sponsors - ANSYS, Inc. and the Buhl Foundation
Platinum Sponsor - Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
We want to acknowledge national sponsors of BEST Robotics - Texas Instruments, MathWorks, Vex, Igus, SolidWorks, HSMWorks, Intelitek, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy and InspirTech.