R&D Study Group - Robotics Competitions – North Houston BEST
BEST competitions feature a robotics game, which is based upon an annual theme with four teams competing at once in a series of three-minute, round-robin matches. Themes have ranged from robots harvesting minerals in a re-commissioned mine, to robots delivering payloads to the Space Station, to robots collecting blood cells and filtering them for blood transfusions. Starting in early September, students have 6 weeks to build their robots after receiving their instructions for the game along with free materials and component kits.
Only students are allowed to design, build, and operate their robots throughout the season. After 5 weeks, they are allowed to practice with their robots on the competition field to better prepare them for the final competition. It all comes together in an all-day competition which covers marketing presentations, project notebooks, team displays, and, of course, the robotics competition where teams will take away trophies for both their robot performance as well as overall BEST competition. Winners advance to the Texas BEST Regional Competition in Dallas in early December to round out the fall semester. We look forward to an engaging presentation and Q&A.
Guest Speaker: Paul Lutes, Baker Hughes
Paul Lutes has worked for Baker Hughes since 2004, starting as Product Development Engineer, Drilling Technology Laboratory Manager, Manager of Testing & Engineering Serrvices, and currently Manager of Test Execution, Productivity, and Special Projects for Drilling Services. Paul has served as a Vice President on the STEM Engineering Council of Houston for the past 6 years as well as the K-12 STEM Chair for the South Texas Section of ASME for the past 7 years. He has also served as the President of North Houston BEST after founding the company in 2008. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
North Houston BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a free, sports-like, science and engineering-based robotics competition.
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