Seaside school takes second in regional robotic competition

Published: Dec 14, 2007 1:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Sean Boone,

Source: The Walton Sun (FL)

Seaside Neighborhood School was awarded second place at the Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology Regional Robotics Championship in Auburn, Ala., on Dec. 8.

This year, Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Math and Science hosted the annual event.

The BEST competition judges a project notebook, educational display table, an oral presentation, team interviews, spirit and sportsmanship and the overall performance of the robot.

The school competed against 46 other middle and high schools from across the eastern U.S. and finished first in two categories of judgment. The robot finished seventh in a robotic games competition.

"We're really proud of the kids," said SNS board member Kim Schmal. "They finished first in most robust (most functional robot) and first in spirit/sportsmanship."

Out of 113 students at SNS, 93 attended the event along with more than 40 adults.

In October, SNS finished third at the Emerald Coast Division of the competition and qualified for the trip to Auburn.

To congratulate students and volunteers, school faculty hosted a pizza and cake party last Tuesday during the school's lunch period. Participants wore their team shirts that read "Cold Steel, Warm Heart" and posed for pictures with their awards.

"A lot of these schools have been doing this for six, seven years," said volunteer Dan Brubaker. "This was our first year."