Feb 8, 2016
UAM VEX Tournament Champions
Atlas and his new twin brother, Ares
It was a rough day, but Hornet Engineering fought hard and won out. Improvements are already underway to make Atlas and Ares more dangerous in the ring and the latest beast from BHE Skunkworks, X-3, is to be released near the end of the month. Great work to all the teams who competed, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Jan 13, 2016
New Website Launched!
Bryant Hornet Engineering has operated this site since February of 2013. It has served us well as a hub for sharing our activities with our community and well beyond. Our H.E.A.T. crew has worked hard to keep up the site and fill it with loads of great content; however, it was time for a refresh. Our old Drupal7 site is looking a little tired and has been pushed about as far as we can push it; enter Concrete5. Our new website - robotics.bryantschools.org - was launched as our entry in its corresponding 2016 VEX Robotics World Championship Online Challenge. While we were finalists in last year's competition, we hope our new site will help up place in 2016.
Our original site will remain in operation for a while yet as we restructure and migrate content to the new site.
Jan 12, 2016
Take that First Step
Hornet Engineering's latest VEX World Championship Promote Award entry
Jan 8, 2016
Fall 2015 Review
a quick review of a busy semester
Dec 17, 2015
Why STEM? Why Bryant?
a look at why we do what we do here
Dec 12, 2015
NE Arkansas Regional VEX Tournament
Bryant Hornet Engineering teams with their bots and awards
Held at Arkansas State University,our first VEX Robotics event of the season was a great intro to the 2015-2016 game, Nothing But Net. H.E.A.T. teams from Bryant High School and Bryant Middle School competed with teams from across Arkansas and Mississippi.
While many of our most experienced H.E.A.T. members were unable to attend (ACT testing and All-Region Band tryouts were held on the same Saturday), Bryant had a strong presence throughout the event with BHS team 5691W running throughout the day as the #1 qualifier and BMS team 1338B finishing qualifying rounds at #2. BHS team 5691B had flywheel motor issues throughout the morning, but came back a seriously competitive machine after an emergency lunch-time diagnosis and surgery. Ultimately, 5691W and 1338B formed an alliance while 5691B formed a second alliance with a veteran and Excellence Award winning team from Monticello. Both alliances advanced through elimination rounds to compete in the finals. Of the four teams represented in the finals, three wore H.E.A.T. tees. It was a promising start to what is sure to be an intense season.
BHS wins - Tournament Champion, Design Award, Skills Champion, #1 Qualifier
BMS wins - Tournament Champion, Sportsmanship Award, #2 Qualifier
Dec 10, 2015
What is S.T.E.A.M. and Why does it Matter?
Joel Gordon of the AR Regional Innovation Hub discusses S.T.E.A.M. possibilities
We had the privilege of hearing Mr. Gordon speak at the TSA Fall Leadership Conference a while back. Afterwards, he chatted with us about the importance of STEM education and the many possibilities for careers that are somewhat less traditionally thought of as STEM careers. STEM can take students well into the modern realms of art, making a great case for putting an "A" in STEM.
Nov 19, 2015
Shirts Have Arrived!
Our much anticipated H.E.A.T. shirts have come in and we're very pleased to have easily one (actually two) of the coolest organization shirts on campus. The new tees are super-high-quality, arriving in a heathered charcoal and pale pink. Contracted H.E.A.T. members get a discounted price, while non-H.E.A.T. persons may purchase a shirt for $15.
The pinks are going fast, btw.
Nov 11, 2015
The Hornet Engineering Center - A Guided Tour
Take a tour through the home of H.E.A.T.
Built in 1975, Bryant's "Industrial Arts Building" is now forty years old. It has housed PLTW courses since the fall of 2002, but only became an exclusively engineering complex in the fall of 2014.
We've spent the last few years turning the structure into a facility we're proud to call home. Now called the "Hornet Engineering Center," its brick and block walls house a non-stop buzz of activity, research, and learning.
In this video, two of our youngest officers guide you through the Hornet Engineering Center with an active H.E.A.T. work session in progress.
Feel free to schedule an appointment to see the facility and its ever-more-interesting contents by contacting the school.
Nov 4, 2015
TSA Leadership Conference
H.E.A.T. members attend the state's first TSA Fall Leadership Conference at UALR's EIT Center
Technology Student Association is a nationwide student organization designed to engage students in STEM opportunities outside of the typical classroom experience. (Sounds like H.E.A.T. territory doesn't it?) Ten H.E.A.T. members attended a fall leadership conference with speakers from the Launch Pad at North Little Rock's Innovation Hub, University of Arkansas, and more. H.E.A.T. plans to put many of these exceptional students forward for state officer positions in the State-Department-run organization.
Oct 30, 2015
Hornet Engineering (BMS) Studys the JWST
Students complete research projects around the new James Webb Space Telescope.
Oct 28, 2015
Hornet Engineering has an ever-growing female population and we're glad to be bucking the stereotypes by bringing more girls to the forefront of STEM education. Keep an eye on our site for more local opportunities of this sort. Visit the Perry Initiative for more info about this awesome opportunity for girls (10th grade +) with an interest in engineering and/or orthopedic surgery.
Girls, apply HERE.
Oct 21, 2015
Homecoming Billboard 2015
the H.E.A.T. 2015 billboard design, a giant leap in the annual competition, and a whole new game
Sporting LED-back-lit mountains, animated robots, scrolling text, a psychedelic plasma effect, and four hand-wired, student-programmed micro-controllers, this year's homecoming billboard was unlike any other. This year's theme, "Twilight in Tokyo," posed an interesting challenge, but we figured, "Tokyo's a techie town; we can do that," and ran with it.
We saw this as an opportunity to pursue new technology and expose ourselves to equipment and coding never before utilized by Hornet Engineering, but widely used by university level courses and hardcore hobbyists alike. Students worked through long days of troubleshooting and programming with Arduino micro-processors and Raspberry Pi boards to animate the new-tech RGB LED matrices (widely used in cutting-edge billboards and jumbotron displays). The board itself featured three layers (to accommodate back-lighting and add depth) and distinctive architectural features of the Tokyo skyline.
H.E.A.T. members complete a somewhat tricky final assembly
Last-minute complications and unfortunate mishaps led the to the board arriving too late to be judged... so we were unable to really compete against the entries from other organizations, and unable to win. This really bummed us out, but we're very proud of the crazy we pulled off. We took it to eleven this year. We'll take to fifteen or so next year.
Oct 19, 2015
Duct Tape Boat - Sunny Edition
Sunny's extended take on the Duct Tape Boat Race 2015
Oct 14, 2015
We had not posted this video yet, but here is John Williams (BHS Hornet Engineering) giving his thoughts on why STEM matters. This resurfaced while working on much a larger project with the same theme. Be looking out for that one to be released in the very near future.
Sept 26, 2015
H.E.A.T. members sit pleased with our new craft, Triumph, and awards won.
Duct-tape boat racing has become a staple of Hornet Engineering and our H.E.A.T. racing crew looks forward to bringing new design ideas to a pile of PVC and fresh rolls of duct-tape every season. This year's new boat was dubbed, Triumph. The new craft was designed to be a perfectly engineered blend of our first boat, the quick-turning Mamba, and our 14' drag-racing Polaris. Triumph was the ultimate culmination of our duct-tape know-how, and delivered an untouchable performance; sweeping all competitive categories at this year's race and bringing home $500 in prize money.
Good times were had.
Sept 4, 2015
Hornet Engineering Artillery Division at Salt Bowl 2015
four new MkII hand-held cannons and the crew from West Rock Orthodontics
After two years of development, our artillery division finally had the opportunity to deliver shirts to eager, massive Salt Bowl crowds. The intimidating Mk III mega-cannon, often dubbed "the Hornet Howitzer," as well as four brand new "spirit series" Mk II cannons did their thing at the biggest game of the year. Special thanks to West Rock for the opportunity to help you fire-off your gear!
the "spirit series" cannons are our most refined yet
KATV's Alyson Courtney fires a t-shirt over the crowd at the early morning pep-rally
H.E.A.T.'s 2015 Club Fair display
Bryant Hornet Engineering is back on campus and ready to make the 2015-2016 school year our biggest one yet. Last year was exceptional to say the least, with huge projects and unprecedented wins; so topping that is going to be a challenge, but this year's crew is up to it. H.E.A.T. has been meeting over the first two weeks of school and have grand plans for new projects unlike anything seen in Arkansas, as well as continuations and improvements on some of our favorites from last year. Stay tuned and, as always, make it happen.
June 20, 2015
UCA IT camp
Recently, BHE students, Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal and Kyle Sadler, attended the UCA IT Camp 2015. Visit our new Summer Opportunities page to see some of the great STEM offerings available to our students through the summer months.
short video Sunny produced during his stay
June 3, 2015
instructables.com Contest Grand Prize Winners
Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal, our newly elected H.E.A.T. CEO, has been contributing many of H.E.A.T.'s over-the-top projects to the online Maker Mecca - instructables.com, and this year's duct-tape boat race entry, Polaris, won the grand prize in the site's Duct Tape Challenge. Too cool.
May 31, 2015
2015 H.E.A.T. Awards
The first-ever H.E.A.T. Make It Happen Awards were given to a single H.E.A.T. member for each grade level (9-12) who demonstrated a will and ability to literally make things happen throughout 2014-2015. The winners were -
Freshman - Dhyan Thacker, Sophmore - Joseph Sartini, Junior - Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal, Senior - Christian "Buddy" Williams
Second, the ultimate award given to any H.E.A.T. member - the Make It Happen - Career Award. This award is presented to someone who essentially won the Make It Happen award for every grade level throughout a full career with H.E.A.T. and, in this case, was critical in the very founding and earliest successes of our organization - Ryan West
highlight video - by Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal
Special thanks to Timberline Adventure Park for hosting the end-of-year party and awards.
May 25, 2015
2015-2016 H.E.A.T. Officers Elected
Senior Ryan West addresses H.E.A.T. members on election day
H.E.A.T. has held its first formal elections to choose officers for the 2015-2016 school year. The elected officials have all proven themselves to be major contributors to our organization in the past and will now lead us to bigger and better in the year to come.
Chief Executive Officer - Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal - 2016 Senior
Chief Communications Officer - Nick Gatlin - 2016 Senior
Chief Operations Officer - Sarah Anderson - 2016 Senior
Chief Financial Officer - Kaitlyn Baldwin - 2017 Senior
May 19, 2015
First Year of Hornet Engineering at Bryant Elementary
This is a quick look at some of the amazing STEM studies that have been happening at Bryant Elementary. Here, you can see a first grade group studying principles of sound travel in a dynamic and exploratory manner. Using the PLTW Launch curriculum, students not only learn about science and mathematic principles, but learn about them through real-world problem solving. Too cool.
May 11, 2015
Visit our new Summer Opportunities 2015 page to see some of the great STEM offerings available to our students through the summer months.
a peek at UofA's Engineering Girl Camp
May 7, 2015
2016 VEX Robotics Games
April 28, 2015
Aether II Launch Scheduled for May 1, 2015
Bryant Hornet Engineering is preparing for their second venture into near-space with the launch of Aether II.
The now annual near-space experiment launched by Bryant Hornet Engineering is a project taken on by Bryant High School's Aerospace Engineering class (a Project Lead the Way - Pathway to Engineering course).
The Aether II capsule is expected to approach or even exceed 100,000 feet on its flight, capturing photos and video of black space, curvature of our planet, and a thin ring of blue atmosphere. Other on board equipment will allow for real-time tracking throughout the flight as well as collecting data about near-space (temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, etc...).
The Aether I launch of 2014, while successful, did experience some complications and tech glitches (largely in its real-time tracking systems) that have been addressed in the totally new and redesigned Aether II capsule.
The Aether II capsule also incorporates several brand new features, such as an up-firing GoPro mount (allowing us to watch the balloon expand/burst against black space and observe the operation of our recovery systems), a back-up tracking system that operates over GSM networks, and additional equipment that should aid in locating the capsule in crops/vegetation of late spring.
The Aether II launch is scheduled for 1:00PM, May 1, 2015 from the Bryant High School football field. Classes are more than welcome to come watch the launch.
Much of the funding for this year's project was provided through grants from the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium. We're greatly appreciative of their support in giving students such a remarkable opportunity to explore the science of our planet and beyond.
April 23, 2015
Bryant Middle School H.E.A.T. World Championship Experience
a look at the middle school team's first visit to the VEX World Championship
April 19, 2015
18 Feet of Spinning Awesome
a look at one of the biggest projects ever tackled by BHE
April 18, 2015
2015 World Championship Award
High School's World Championship Energy Award displayed with this season's awards
For the third year in a row, Bryant Hornet Engineering has represented Arkansas on the international stage at the VEX Robotics World Championship. This year, Hornet Engineering sent an unprecedented three teams to Louisville, KY to fight it out in the largest educational robotics event on the planet... ever. Two Bryant High School teams (5691B and 5691W) and one middle school team (1338B) competed against the best in the world and made their presence known, winning Energy Awards in high school and middle school divisions. These two awards are the first international robotics awards to come home to Arkansas (to our knowledge).
the BMS team poses with their division Energy Award at the VEX Robotics World Championship
World Championship teams are the first to see next season's game, and our students are more than eager to get started on next year's challenge and improve upon this year's strong performance.
Make it happen.
April 15, 2015
Hornet Engineering Arrives at the VEX World Championship
The Arkansas State Champions have arrived in Louisville, KY to compete on the world stage. The new venue is HUGE! Look at this place. The team is settling in and eager to begin qualification rounds. Stay tuned for more updates. Video produced by Nick Gatlin.
Bryant High School and Bryant Middle School teams
April 8, 2015
Hornet Engineering Drone Program
Hornet Engineering's DJI Inspire 1 - "Zephyr"
In the fall, BHE acquired its first "drone," a DJI Phantom II quadrocopter. It has become only more clear that unmanned aerial systems are a becoming a major technology in our modern world. Our students are beginning studies that will keep them on the forefront of this emerging field. Since that first acquisition, the department has added a much more capable DJI Inspire 1 and assembled a 3DR Y6 six-rotor craft. Students are excited and cool things will be happening.
BHE's DJI Phantom II BHE's 3DR Y6
April 7, 2015
Bryant Hornet Engineering (BMS) Visits Garver
Earlier this spring, our PLTW Gateway to Techonology students visited Garver's office in North Little Rock. It was a great opportunity for these students to see a variety of engineering disciplines at work. Garver has been a long-time supporter of our program at Bryant Middle School and we greatly appreciate their help in making these opportunities available for our students.
April 3, 2015
Hornet Engineering Robotics Featured in Prospective Online
Read the interview with BHE's Christian "Buddy" Williams HERE.
March 19, 2015
Introducing the Hornet Engineering Career Series
Career Series - Episode 1 - Architecture
Bryant Hornet Engineering is proud to announce and share its first career series episode. In this episode, Amanda Sturgell, an architect intern with Polk Stanley Wilcox of Little Rock and Bryant graduate, speaks to a Civil Engineering and Architecture class about her field and experiences.
We always appreciate having guest speakers in to share with our students, but all-too-often, schedules will only permit them to speak to a class or two. This video series is our proposed solution to this problem. By filming short interview segments with our guests answering questions posed by our students, all of our students can benefit from the visit. We hope to eventually have a full library of such segments, giving students insight into STEM careers in and around central Arkansas.
March 18, 2015
Aether II Passes Initial Testing
peeks inside the new Aether II near-space capsule
Initial testing of systems aboard the 2015 Aether II capsule have the department buzzing. The APRS unit sent out its first pings, and the flight computer logged position data as expected. Tests were conducted with the capsule closed (as a Faraday effect inherent to Aether I's design disabled all tracking of last year's capsule). Aether II is substantially more advanced and better equipped than its predecessor.
As this project is very dependent on weather, the launch date has been pushed back until after Spring Break, in hopes of more accommodating winds. This will also give the team more time to build hype around the project, in our district as well as our community.
March 17, 2015
Automated Vehicle Course 2015
The final robotics/coding/automation project in our Principles of Engineering course is the construction and programming of a vehicle to navigate a course. Above is the course for this year's classes. Vehicles must set off at the push of button, navigating the course using sensors and accompanying programming. It's a fun way for our students to learn these critical principles. Stay tuned for this year's results.
March 16, 2015
Bryant Hornet Engineering State Championship Video
Sorry it's late, but it's been pretty crazy around here.
March 11, 2015
Bryant Hornet Engineering Instructors Recognized
At the State Project Lead the Way Conference held in Russellville, AR, two of our instructors were recognized with Outstanding PLTW Teacher Awards. Jason Price (Bryant Middle School) was honored as the state's Outstanding GTT Teacher (Gateway to Technology), while John Williams (Bryant High School) was recognized as the state's Outstanding Engineering Teacher. Both Price and Williams presented in break-out sessions at the conference, sharing strategies and ideas that have made Bryant Hornet Engineering into the remarkable PLTW program it has become. It was another great day to be a Bryant Hornet.
March 9, 2015
Hornet Engineering Teams Up with BHS A/V Tech & Film
Bryant Soccer girls strike a pose as BHE's Inspire drone flies above
In one of our first collaborations with the A/V Tech department at Bryant High School, Bryant Hornet Engineering provided close support aerial video from our latest drone - a DJI Inspire 1. James Paul, the A/V Tech program's visionary leader, is a great partner and we look forward to more collaborations of this nature in the near future.
Watch the Boys Soccer Vid and Girls Soccer Vid at these links.
March 7, 2015
Bryant Hornet Engineering - 2015 State Champions
Bryant Hornet Engineering teams celebrate unprecedented win
Saturday, Bryant Hornet Engineering carried five teams (three high school and two middle school) to the 2015 VEX Robotics State Championship. The event was bigger than ever with 45 teams and the strongest competition yet seen in Arkansas.
All BHE teams performed well throughout qualification rounds, with BHS team 5691B landing the number one spot. 5691B then chose fellow high school team, 5691W, and BMS team 1338B as its alliance partners. The three Bryant teams then fought their way through the elimination bracket, setting new state scoring records in the process. Ultimately, Bryant Hornet Engineering landed on top - winning three Tournament Champion Awards.
In addition to the Tournament Champion Awards, BHS team 5691B won the Design Award and conquered all in the Robot Skills Challenge, setting yet another state record. BMS team 1338G brought home the Judges Award.
This was the biggest win yet for Bryant Hornet Engineering, and clears the way for Bryant to represent Arkansas at the VEX Robotics World Championship for the third year in a row. These students have clearly learned how to "make it happen."
Arkansas record-breaking 80-point elminiation match
Feb 25, 2015
VEX World Championship Online Challenge Finalists
For the first time in the team's history, Bryant Hornet Engineering has entered the VEX Robotics World Championship Online Challenges and has been elected as a finalist in three categories!
(See the full list of finalists for all categories HERE.)
Feb 21, 2015
Monticello VEX Tournament
Hosted by the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Saturday's tournament landed perfectly in a window of manageable weather and everyone who made it had a great time. Bryant Hornet Engineering showed up with a very small crew and a single robot wearing 5691X plates(qualifying the team for the Arkansas State Championship). The recently/hastily modified robot went undefeated through qualification rounds as well as elimination rounds, winning Tournament Champion and Team Organization/Coordination awards. The upgraded robot and small crew also managed to land a new Arkansas record in the Robot Skills event.
Congratulations to all the teams that competed and a special thank you goes out to the hosts of this great event.
Feb 12, 2015
Tower Survives SSA1000
Jordan McDonald, Madison Schrader, Christian Herron, Dillon Daniels, and Jimbo Seale stand proud with their tower in front of the defeated machine
This has never happened in a Hornet Engineering POE class - a tower built with minimal material) took the maximum load from the Structural Stress Analyzer 1000 and survived. This 1.95 ounce balsa tower withstood a load of 1000+ pounds. BHE students in POE classes have constructed towers while studying statics over the last couple years. Each class has looked to work of previous classes to analyze what worked and didn't work (engineering, yes?). The first class maxed out at ~200 pounds, the second at 895 pounds, and now the machine has been pushed to its limit. Looks like a new challenge will be in order.
Feb 3, 2015
Jason Price teaches PLTW Gateway to Technology (GTT) courses at Bryant Middle School. In this video he discusses why STEM (Science Technology Mathematics & Engineering) education is important, and how PLTW curriculum and training has allowed him to teach STEM in such a dynamic fashion at BMS.
Side note: This is our second video filmed in the now operational BHE Studios.
Jan 31, 2015
Hornet Engineering Students Take Off... Again.
Our second year of Aerospace Engineering has been a good one so far. After completing studies in the physics of flight, mechanics of flight, aircraft control, instrumentation, navigation, and spending time on flight simulators, the next natural step is getting these exceptional students in real aircraft.
Thirteen Hornet Engineering Aerospace students climbed aboard a few Cessna 172s on an overcast Saturday and got real flight time over Little Rock, Lake Maumelle, and Saline County. Each student spent a little over an hour on board and roughly a half-hour at the yoke with a certified Central Flying Service flight instructor.
The students had great experiences. Several had never been on a airplane; and their first time aboard, they were hands-on-yoke for takeoff. Too awesome.
We are extremely grateful for the great crew at Central Flying Service Little Rock for working with our students and making this happen a second year in a row. This has become a big part of our course and is as real-world an experience as we could ask for.
Jan 29, 2015
Welcome to Bryant Elementary
Heather Pitman has been leading the first year Hornet Engineering and PLTW charge at Bryant Elementary this year. Awesome things are happening here. In this video, you'll see a group of our high school engineering students talking with their elementary counterparts about various projects they've gotten into at the high school level.
All of these students are pumped about what Bryant Hornet Engineering is up to (at all grade levels). You'll also see examples of VEX IQ robots constructed by this class. Who wouldn't have loved a class like this in elementary school?
Jan 27, 2015
Course Info - From Engineering Students
We don't often get video of our students really talking to the camera, so here it is. It's really not bad for a bunch of high school students in one of our Engineering Center's closets.
Check out the construction of the BHE Studio Set (featured in this video) HERE.
Jan 24, 2015
BHE Hosts VEX Competition
We didn't get snowed out this year! Bryant Hornet Engineering hosted 25 teams at its first VEX Robotics Tournament Saturday morning. Jason Price (BMS) did great work in organizing the event and everyone had a great time. BHE teams performed well, with 5691B winning Tournament Champion, and Design awards. Bryant Middle School's 1338G finished as a finalist in elimination rounds, only beaten out by another Bryant team. Great work! A special thank you goes out to everyone who volunteered as referees, judges, concessions, and the like! Thank you!
Jan 20, 2015
Bryant to Host VEX Robotics Competition - Jan 24, 2014
Let's try this again... We were snowed out last year. We're hoping for better weather this year.
BHE is looking forward to hosting all visiting teams. It's going to be a fun day of competition. Concessions will be available on site. More info available HERE.
For directions to the Bryant Middle School gym, click HERE.
Jan 13, 2015
2015 VEX Robotics Mini-Site Opens for Business
Team 5691X - Bryant Hornet Engineering - Skunk Works Division has entered several of the VEX Robotics World Championship's Online Challenges in hopes of snagging a spot at the 2015 World Championship. You can visit the mini-site HERE.
Jan 12, 2015
Fall 2014 in Review
It's been a big year so far... and it's only going to get bigger.
To see stories over a year old, visit the BHE News Archive.