After the initial funding from ASTA that Dr. Jing Zhang secured three years ago to establish UALR as a hub, the 2011 BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) Robotics Competition took place last Saturday, 11/5/2011, and ended as a grand success. Finding that the competition has been a stimulant in encouraging young high school and middle school students to engage in this creative activity, Entergy provided a donation of $30, 000.
The Little Rock Hub hosted students from 15 schools in Central Arkansas at the on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. It was a very competitive game day. 7 school teams won at least an award. 4 school teams (ASMSA, eSTEM, Bauxite, and Central High Schools ) advance to the regional competition in Fort Smith on Dec. 7, 2011.
This year the hub has a new director Mr. Vernard Henley. Dr. Jing Zhang continues working in the hub and provides technical support. Two Teaching Assistants from Systems Engineering Department Jeremy Diaz and Rui Zhu provided excellent support for the hub since the beginning of the Fall semester. The hub this year also recruited Kyle McCourt to support the hub activities in team recruitment, game rules, training of judges and other related activities. Drs. Lifang Lai, Sesh Mohan, Jinxiang Xi and a number of graduate and undergraduate students from Systems Engineering Department served as judges.
The effort that Dr. Jing Zhang expends in this activity extends throughout the year. The Department applauds Dr. Zhang in this important outreach effort.
|Best Robotics 2011|