Thursday, October 21, 2010

TV BEST Competition

Last Saturday was the Tennessee Valley BEST Competition.
This is the North Alabama area Robotics competitions.
There were 20 schools from the North Alabama area that competed this year!

And ABS Trobotics was ready to compete.

This was Austin's first year on the Robotics Team and he
had  a lot of fun!

Here is a photo of our Robot in Action...
The boys took 3rd place in the Most Photogenic
2nd place in the Most Robust
(needing the least amount of repairs during competition)
Our T-shirt design brought home 1st Place
as well as their Engineering Notebook
They placed 12th overall...
not as close to First as they wanted to be...
but wait until next year!!!!

Austin hanging out in the pits getting ready for his turn to drive.
He was chosen as one of the sixth graders to drive.

He was excited and scared to death at the same time!
I have to admit I was a little nervous for him too!

All set and ready to go!

Trying to get the box set and ready to go...

Poor Jackson-- he was such a trooper!
We spent the day in the Gym at Calhoun and he was
not able to get down and play or walk around...
He sat the stillest I have ever seen him.
It was soooo loud int here.
Loud music and Pep Bands but in the end he
could not hold out and fell FAST asleep when Scott
was finally able to come and sit with us.

We finished off the evening with a yummy dinner at Cracker Barrel!  YUM
and I didn't have to cook it-- even better!!!

This took a lot of time the last several weeks, but Austin and Scott
were able to spend a lot of time together.
I think Austin learned a lot and he is looking forward next year.
This is not usually a year round activity, but they are trying
to get more interest from others at school and allow us to have a larger team
in the future.

There are a lot of different things that go into this competition.
There is marketing, advertising, fund raising, engineering, computer programming
and the list just goes on and on...
For six weeks they go at it full force...
but they had fun on game day!
And that is what matters at the end of the day!

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