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Local teams shine at Minnesota BEST competition

The Fifth annual Minnesota BEST Competition was held Friday and Saturday at New London-Spicer High School. ARCHER Robotics took first place. NLS Tool Cats took second second and MACCRAY Robotics took third place. The BEST Awards are given to the ...

The Fifth annual Minnesota BEST Competition was held Friday and Saturday at New London-Spicer High School.

ARCHER Robotics took first place. NLS Tool Cats took second second and MACCRAY Robotics took third place.

The BEST Awards are given to the teams that best embody the concept of Boosting engineering, science and technology. The score is a culmination of the Engineering Notebook score, the Marketing Presentation score, Team Exhibit score, Team Spirit and Sportsmanship and the Robot Performance.

All three teams advanced to the Northern Plains BEST Regional Championship, scheduled Dec. 1-3 in Fargo, N.D.

The winners in the other categories were:

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ARCHER Home School: won the Software Design and Simulation Award given to the team who developed the most efficient software program for their robot; won the Spirit, Sportsmanship and Teamwork award; the Team Exhibit & Interview award, the Marketing Presentation Award and the Engineering Notebook Award.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School: won the Sweat and Duct Tape Award for the team that did everything they could do to make their robot operational, through problem solving and innovation ... along with using a lot of duct tape.

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg High School: won the Most Robust Robot Award, which goes to the team whose machine has the fewest number of breakdowns during the game and the robot that can extract itself from most situations.

MACCRAY High School: won the Website Design Award, based on a team's website overall design, appearance, content and navigation.

New London-Spicer High School: won the Top Gun Award, to the team who score the most points in a single match during the competition. They scored 840 points during the seeding sessions. They won the Founders Award which is awarded to the team that makes best use of the engineering process in consideration of offensive and defensive capabilities in machine design.

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