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Robotics competition aims to encourage students in engineering, science

WHAT: NM BEST Robotics Competition

WHO: More than 600 middle- and high-school students

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 18
Opening Ceremonies 8:30 a.m.
Competition 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Award presentations 4 p.m.
NMSU James B. Delamater Activity Center
Corner of Stewart St. and S. Locust St.

VISUALS: Student teams compete with robots they created

The College of Engineering at New Mexico State University has encouraged thousands of students to pursue higher education in science, technology, engineering and math through the NM BEST Robotics Competition for 13 years. More than 600 students are participating in this year?s competition which will culminate on Oct. 18.

?As the technological demands of the 21st century grow at a rapid pace, our schools must feed the pipeline to meet that demand,? said Assistant Dean Patricia A. Sullivan. ?The need for engineers, scientists and mathematicians is steadily increasing, yet the number of students going into these fields is not growing at a comparable rate. The College of Engineering has a number of programs, including the NM BEST Robotics Competition, to entice our youth into these rewarding and much-needed fields.?

BEST, which stands for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology, is an annual competition that offers middle- and high-school students an opportunity to work in a situation where they are confronted with the same challenges and breakthroughs encountered by industry engineering teams. The BEST mission is to inspire participating students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology and math.

This year, more than 600 students representing teams from across New Mexico, Arizona and El Paso will gather to compete with robots that they designed and built. The competition is set for Saturday, Oct. 18, at NMSU?s James B. Delamater Activity Center.

Each year, teams are given a specific task and identical kits of parts to construct a robot that will complete a task. They then have six weeks to design, build and test a robot that will outperform its competitors. Schools will compete with each other on the game field. Schools will also be judged on their engineering notebook, marketing presentation, website, interviews with judges, sportsmanship and spirit. The NMSU College of Engineering has hosted the event since 2001.