Wichita Homeschool swept the 14th annual Kansas Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) robotic games on Saturday, winning the top two awards and qualifying for regional competition.
Twenty-five Kansas schools and one from Arkansas competed in the daylong event at Wichita State University’s Koch Arena. The competition is designed to boost interest in technology, engineering and science careers.
Wichita Homeschool won the Game Award, based on points scored by the robot during competition. Ambassadors for Christ earned second, followed by Circle High School in third and Valley Center in fourth, WSU spokesperson Joe Kleinsasser said in a news release.
Homeschool students also won the BEST Award, given to a team that embodies the goals of the competition through projects and sportsmanship. Circle High School came in second; Kapaun Mount Carmel High School, third; and Council Grove High School, fourth.
Other winners were Ambassadors for Christ, the Boeing Creativity Award; Campus High School, the Cessna Teamwork Award; and Circle High School, the Spirit AeroSystems Most Robust Design Award and the Sportsmanship Award.
Wichita Homeschool’s wins qualified the team for the regional competition Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Fort Smith, Ark. Ambassadors for Christ, Circle High School, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Valley Center High School and Council Grove High School also qualified.