Southlake, Texas (PRWEB) October 22, 2012
The Clariden School of Southlake, Texas, hosts the annual Cowtown hub tournament BEST Robotics Competition Saturday, October 27, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the school.
Eighteen middle- and high-school teams from across the area will compete for entry in the Texas BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Regional Robotics Competition held in November. Saturday’s registration, judging, presentations, pits and practice rounds will be held in The Clariden School gymnasium. Admission and parking are free to the public.
BEST Robotics introduces students to engineering, problem-solving and teamwork ; a chance at experiencing what it's like to work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Each fall, more than 750 middle and high schools and over 11,000 students participate in the competition.
The robotics competition is a natural fit for The Clariden School’s project-based Global Strengths program, in which middle and high-school students learn to analyze and solve problems using methods that incorporate individual preference while teaching teamwork and cooperation; skills that the 21st industry seeks in its workforce.
Global Strengths was launched this past September with 12 students, all following a rigorous curriculum developed by Head of School Jenifer Fox.
“Global Strengths moves away from the educational model which uses school test scores as indicators of achievement. Today’s students must learn the realities of global business and how to follow their personal strengths,” said Fox. “Our curriculum cultivates inventors and creative risk takers, rather than rewarding compliance,” she said.
The idea for a BEST competition originated in 1993 with Texas Instruments engineers who served as guides for Engineering Day at their company. They saw an inspiring video of freshmen building a robot at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and with approval from Texas Instrument management, North Texas BEST was born. The first competition was held in 1993 with 14 schools and 221 students.
For more information on The Clariden School, Global Strengths or the BEST Competition, please contact the school at 682-237-0400 or visit http://www.claridenschool.org.