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KANSAS BEST

Kansas BEST 2011: BUGS!

Game Description

A current hot topic of research and development is in the area of genetic engineering. This involves manipulating a living cell’s inherited material to produce an organism with a desired trait.

BEST Genetics decided to investigate genetically engineering various types of bugs. Everything was on track for some major breakthroughs; that is, until yesterday. The containment area on three different habitats failed and some genetically engineered flies, cockroaches, and termites escaped from the laboratory. This could be catastrophic for not only BEST Genetics, but for the environment at large. Therefore, it is imperative that BEST Genetics captures and controls these bugs as quickly and safely as possible.

The scientists at BEST Genetics have traced the bugs to an abandoned shed on the far side of the property at a new construction site. However, BEST Genetics is not equipped to handle the bug recovery. They contacted BEST Robotics to rapidly develop a prototype robot to recover the bugs and avert the potential crisis. Of course, priority one is to salvage as much of the research work as possible. Since four types of bugs escaped, BEST Genetics needs at least one of each bug returned alive. But they are also concerned about the bugs’ well being, so it is recommended that the bugs be segregated by type. There are also concerns that the bugs have not gotten enough nourishment in the wild, so feeding the bugs should also be a priority.

The objective of the game is to design and build a robot to safely handle the bugs and/or food and to carefully transport them from their current location to one of three containment areas.

Each bug and piece of food that is located in a team’s containment area at the end of the match will score points for that team. Multipliers and bonus points will be factored in based on each particular containment area. The score for each match will be added to the previous match to create a cumulative score.

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Event Details

KickOff - Saturday, September 24, 2011
Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex
Wichita, KS

Mall Day - October 29, 2011
Town East Square - Sears Court
Kellogg and Rock Road, Wichita, KS

Game Day - November 5, 2011
Charles Koch Arena
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
 

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Game Day Program 

(1.6 MB PDF file)

 

Game Day Results

BEST Award:

1st Place  Wichita Home School
2nd Place  Circle High School
3rd Place  Campus High School
4th Place  Rose Hill High School

Game Award:
1st Place  Ambassadors for Christ Academy
2nd Place  Wichita Northeast Magnet High School
3rd Place  Wichita Home School
4th Place  Madison High School

Special Awards:
Boeing "Creativity" Award
1st Place  Ambassadors for Christ Academy
2nd Place  Wichita Home School
3rd Place  Wichita Northeast Magnet High School

Spirit AeroSystems "Most Robust Design" Award
1st Place  Ambassadors for Christ Academy
2nd Place  Panther Creek Academy
3rd Place  Wichita Northeast Magnet High School

Bombardier Learjet "Craftsmanship" Award
1st Place  Wichita West High School
2nd Place  Rose Hill High School
3rd Place  Derby High School

Cessna Aircraft "Teamwork" Award
1st Place  Rose Hill High School
2nd Place  Circle High School
3rd Place  Wichita Home School

"Sportsmanship" Award
Winner  Circle High School
Runner Up  Wichita Home School