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KANSAS BEST

Kansas BEST 2015: Pay Dirt

 

Game Description

The objective of this year’s game is to use teamwork and innovative thinking in order to design and build a prototype robot to: a) repair an underground mine, and b) retrieve valuable commodities from the mine. Much like the real mining industry, success in the design competition will be determined by net profit, and teams will be in direct competition with one another. Also, the scoring point values of commodities will change with the Market Shift.

Repairs

Filtration System – Replacement Air Filter (RAF)
The air filtration system on Sublevel 1 could use a new filter. At the start of a match, the RAF will be in its starting location on the Spare Parts rack. The scoring location for the RAF is the Air Filtration System on Sublevel 1. In order to be scored, the RAF must be completely inside the Filtration System.
Broken Pipes – Replacement Pipe (RP)
The ground water management system is leaking on Sublevel 2. At the start of a match, the RP will be in its starting location on the Spare Parts Rack. The scoring location for the RP is on the Broken Pipe Platform on Sublevel 2. In order for this repair to be scored, the RP must completely cover the tape found at the top of both of the Broken Pipes of the platform.

Commodities

Five wooden bins are located next to the robot starting box. Commodities must be supported by their respective bin at the end of each match in order to count as scored.

  • Coal* - Sublevel 1 Coal can be dispensed by rotating the Support Beam (tie breaker) until the Coal Tray drops down, releasing the game pieces
  • Magnetite (Iron ore)* - Sublevel 1 Loose Magnetite can be found in the Iron Deposit, located in the wall next to the Air Filtration System. It is practically inaccessible unless the tube containing the game pieces is rotated, allowing the Magnetite to spill out.
  • Bauxite (Aluminum ore)* - Sublevel 2 The vein of Bauxite runs along the ground near the broken pipes. The game pieces can be retrieved by “digging” underneath the Broken Pipe Platform.
  • Chalcopyrite (Copper ore)* - Sublevel 2 Chalcopyrite game pieces are conveniently located in an abandoned Copper Cart, but the wheels have rusted off.
  • Spodumene (Lithium crystals)* - Sublevel 3 Spodumene crystals can be broken off the large Lithium Tower in the middle of Sublevel 3. All eight (8) Spodumene crystals are FAIR GAME for all teams, as are all other commodities not in a robot’s possession while on Sublevel 3.
Other Mineable Materials
  • Aggregate (limestone) Loose rock called Aggregate is located along the inside wall of Tunnel 1, making the tunnel narrow. Teams may choose to score Aggregate for points, but dislodged pieces may become obstacles.
  • Core Samples Each match, teams can extract one core sample (long pieces of PVC found on Sublevel 3). In order to be scored, core samples must be fully supported on the Spare Parts rack in place of either the RAF or RP. Core samples must be scored by a robot.
The Market Shift

Real world mining requires companies to pay close attention to long-term market projections. Teams will need to strategize according to shifting values of commodities. The Market Shifts will be computed for each Commodity at the beginning of semifinals and the beginning of finals. “Over-mined” Commodities will drop in value proportionally to how much they were Over-mined. “Under-mined” Commodities will rise in value proportionally to how much they were Under-mined.

 

 

Event Details

KickOff - Saturday, September 19, 2015
WSU Metroplex
Wichita, KS

Practice Day - October 24, 2016
TWSU Heskett Center
Wichita, KS

Game Day - October 31, 2015
Hartman Arena
Park City, KS
 

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Game Day Results

BEST Award

This is the most prestigious award presented each year. It is based on the overall evaluation of each team's project engineering notebook, marketing presentation, team exhibit and interview,  spirit and sportsmanship, and robot performance.
1st Place BEST  - Wichita Home School
2nd Place BEST  - Circle High School
3rd Place BEST - Campus High School

Game Award

This award is presented to the team whose robot wins the game day competitions (places in seeding rounds, and wins the elimination rounds).
1st Place Game - Wichita Home School
2nd Place Game - Ambassadors for Christ Academy
3rd Place Game  - Andale High School
4th Place Game - Campus High School

Special Awards

Founders Award (Textron Aviaton)

This award is presented in honor of the founders of BEST Robotics for the most unique robotics hardware design and game strategies (both offensive and defensive).
1st Place - Circle High School
2nd Place - Wichita Homeschool
3rd Place (Tie) - Andover Central High School and Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School

 
Most Robust Design Award (Spirit AeroSystems)

This award is presented to the team whose robot demonstrates excellent reliability and minimum maintenance during the contest.
1st Place - Wichita Homeschool
2nd Place  - Ambassadors for Christ Academy
3rd Place - Panther Creek Academy

Software Design and Simulation Awards

1st Place - Rose Hill High School
2nd Place - Campus High School
3rd Place - Valley Center High School

Spirit and Sportsmanship Award

1st Place - Wichita Homeschool
2nd Place - Circle High School
3rd Place - Rose Hill High School

Sportsmanship Award (Chosen by Teams)

This award is presented to the team displaying the best attributes of sportsmanship and enthusiasm during the competition. It is selected by the student teams.
1st Place - Rose Hill High School
2nd Place - Wichita Homeschool
3rd Place - Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Kansas BEST also recognized teams with these awards:

Notebook Award

1st Place - Rose Hill High School
2nd Place - Campus High School
3rd Place - Wichita Homeschool

Presentation Award

1st Place - Wichita Homeschool
2nd Place - Panther Creek Academy
3rd Place - Rose Hill High School

Exhibit Award

1st Place - Circle High School
2nd Place - Wichita Homeschool
3rd Place - Campus High School

 

Most Points Scored by a New Team in the Robot Competition
Bueker Middle School

Most Points Scored by a New Team in the Notebook Competition
Bueker Middle School

Top Gun Award - Most Points Scored in the Preliminaries
Ambassadors for Christ Academy

 

Most Photogenic Robot Award

1st Place - Bishop Carroll High School
2nd Place - Valley Center High School
3rd Place -Washburn Rural High School

Best BEST T-Shirt Award

1st Place - Campus High School
2nd Place - Panther Creek Academy
3rd Place - Augusta High School

Tweeteriffic Award (Best tweet during Game Day Competition)

1st Place - Panther Creek Academy
2nd Place - Garden City High School
3rd Place - Council Grove High School

These schools represented Kansas BEST at the BEST Regional Competition in Ft. Smith Arkansas on December 4 and 5, 2015:

Wichita Homeschool
Circle High School
Campus High School
Ambassadors for Christ Academy
Andale High School
Panther Creek Academy