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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

Perry Initiative

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

August 27,2015

We're Back.

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 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 -, 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

Summer Opportunities
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.

Anyone anywhere may track Aether II's progress with us by visiting and following the callsign - KF5OUQ while the balloon is airborne.

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.

Dec 18, 2014

Bryant Middle School - Second Year Smash Hit

In this video, we get a peek at a second year PLTW GTT program at Bryant Middle School. Jason Price has done great work with the program and has truly pioneered what PLTW can do outside the high school levels. These kids are making it happen and have years of additional PLTW engineering courses to come. Awesome.

Dec 10, 2014

Welcome to Paron Elementary

Here, we visit another new for 2014 Bryant Hornet Engineering campus - Paron Elementary. The lead PLTW teacher on this campus, Cherie Grist, has done an amazing job of inspiring these young students and they are crazy about engineering. Mr. Williams and a couple high school H.E.A.T. members arrived with X-1 and Aether I, but spent the bulk of the time checking out the robots constructed by these 5th graders; pretty incredible stuff.

Grist told us about the excitement she's seen in lessons (all the way down to the kindergarten level) and how test scores are significantly improved due to a dramatic increase in their interest in science. Make it happen.

Dec 6, 2014

Hornet Engineering Hits Texas

Hornet Engineering's first Create Award

This weekend, a para-unit of Hornet Engineering dropped into VEX Robotics Competition in Greenville, TX. BHE saw this as an opportunity to see and compete with some of the country's top teams. Several teams attending the competition are internationally ranked in VEX Robotics Robot Skills and Programming Skills competition. Outside of the World Championships, this is the largest competition Hornet Engineering has attended. 70 high school and middle school teams were in attendance.

The small crew, made up of Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal (Junior - Driver), Sarah Anderson (Junior - Spotter/Coach), and Joe Sartini (Sophmore - Programmer), did fantastic work in keeping up with the strong competition; landing in 7th at the end of qualifying rounds. The team formed a strong alliance, advanced to quarter finals of elimination rounds, and won Bryant Hornet Engineering's first Create Award.

Nov 21, 2014

Bryant Hornet Engineering Receives Second Arkansas Space Consortium Grant

We're extremely grateful for this latest support from the ASGC.

If you missed it before, ASGC includes 17 four-year universities and colleges throughout Arkansas. Their primary goal is to educate and familiarize faculty, undergraduate and graduate students with aerospace and related industries. Following NASA's footsteps, they conduct programs to familiarize and motivate K-12 students with the STEM related courses needed to enter aerospace activities at colleges and universities to prepare them to enter high tech white-collar and blue-collar professions in high-tech industries.

This second $5000 grant from the ASGC will be used to further Bryant Hornet Engineering's drone program. Be watching for some amazing activity in the spring as BHE makes big moves in this new arena.

Nov 20, 2014

Welcome to Bethel Middle School

Bryant Hornet Engineering is growing fast! This year, we welcomed three new Bryant campuses to the Hornet Engineering family - Bethel Middle School, Bryant Elementary, and Paron Elementary.

In this video, Mr. Williams (BHS Engineering instructor) and Nick Gatlin (High School H.E.A.T. Outreach Team Coordinator) visit Bethel Middle School to have a much anticipated look at their latest projects and give students a little insight into what's available to them in their coming years as Hornet Engineering students. It was a great time for all involved.

Kim Meaders, the new PLTW Gateway to Technology instructor at Bethel, has really hit the ground running with the new program and we're super excited, right along with her students, at all the amazing things happening on this great campus. We're glad to have this engineer and her very lucky students on board.

Students on five Bryant School District campuses (six, if you count the Freshman Academy as an independent campus) now have access to the incredible Project Lead the Way curriculum through Launch, Gateway to Technology, and Pathway to Engineering programs.

It truly is a great time to be a Bryant student.

Stay tuned to for looks into what's happening on our other campuses!

Nov 18, 2014

BMS Engineering Visits Garver Engineering Headquarters

Bryant Middle School students visited Garver's headquarters in Little Rock for an opportunity to see real engineers doing real work in a real world. Garver has sponsored BMS Engineering since its introduction in the fall of 2013, and have continually been great supporters of the instant-hit program and its fearless leader - Jason Price.

"It’s an invaluable experience for these students to be able to meet with working engineers who can address the questions they have at such an early age about reaching their career goals,” said Garver Project Manager Aaron Stallman, who is a graduate of Bryant High School. “If I would have had the opportunity to do something like this when I was in school, it would have accelerated my experience as an engineering student." - Garver blog

Nov 11, 2014

Veteran's Day Special

Last week, a recruiter from the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program came to visit Bryant Hornet Engineering students to tell them about modern nuclear power generation and college/career options available to them through the nuclear navy. Our students learned a lot and we very much appreciated Smith's visit. Happy Veteran's Day, and thank you to all those who served and presently protect our freedom!

Nov 7-8, 2014

Architectural Tours and Excellence Award Winners

Bryant Hornet Engineering's H.E.A.T. chapters (Bryant High and Bryant Middle) sent four VEX Robotics teams to the Springdale VEX Competition this weekend. Along the way, the group stopped for captivating tours of the University of Arkansas's Fay Jones School of Architecture and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. As our PLTW programs include studies in Architecture, we were thrilled to offer this opportunity to some of our top students.

BHS and BMS robotics teams celebrate a victory

On Saturday, our high school and middle school teams competed in their first VEX Robotics competition of the season. Team 5691B, Hornet Engineering - Blue, finished qualification rounds in first place and undefeated (the only undefeated robot of the day). Alliance mechanical failures and outright poor fortune knocked 5691B out of the semi-finals; but ultimately, the team's solid performance, engineering notebook, and exceptional interviews with judges about their engineering process earned the team the Excellence Award - the highest honor in VEX competition, awarded to the best all-round team. Not a bad day.

Nov 5, 2014

Club T-Shirts!

Great thanks to second-year sponsor,Northside Heating and Cooling, for the donation of t-shirts for our H.E.A.T. members. These top-notch students were really excited to get them. Our program depends on such support from our community to provide funding, supplies, experiences, etc...
Be on the lookout for a game-changing collaboration with Northside Heating and Cooling in the near future that will help students in our department, and well beyond, learn basic operation of modern HVAC systems. Thanks for helping us make it happen.

Oct 28, 2014

New Cannon Construction Page
Get a closer look at the construction of BHE's latest cannon, the Skunkworks edition Mk III

H.E.A.T. fires the MkIII Cannon at Homecoming 2014

Oct 21, 2014

Air Force Association Officers Visit Hornet Engineering

We were fortunate to have a visit from local and state representatives of the Air Force Association visit the Hornet Engineering Center Tuesday morning. They were on campus to present one of our BHE instructors with local chapter and state Teacher of the Year awards. We're very grateful for the consideration and will continue doing what we can to further ignite student interest in STEM fields and studies. Make it happen.

Read the district press release HERE.
Read a full write up in the Three Rivers Edition HERE.

Oct 20, 2014

Paron Elementary Engineering Students Visit Hornet Engineering Center

On the BHS campus for a quiz bowl tournament, students from Paron elementary stopped by the Engineering Center to see where their lessons in PLTW's elementary program are leading. We're super excited to have students at the elementary level experiencing application of math at science in such a dynamic way. Paron and Bryant Elementary are both piloting the PLTW Launch curriculum this year. Be ready to see great things coming out of both as they get rolling this year.

Oct 17, 2014

BHE Receives $750,000 Donation from Airbus

Friday morning, a 30+ foot crate arrived at the Hornet Engineering Center containing an elevator (control surface trailing the horizontal stabilizer that manipulates pitch of an aircraft) taken from an Airbus A330. The 28' part was a donation from Airbus Americas to BHE's Aeronautics and Space Program. The part will initially be used to study composite construction in modern aircraft components. BHE is extremely grateful for the donation and looks forward to utilizing the elevator in future studies.

“Airbus is proud to donate this A330 elevator to the Bryant High School engineering students. The school’s program is designed to introduce students to engineering and related studies and is truly impressive. With this donation, we hope to help give the students hands-on experience with new materials used in aerospace. It’s an investment in the industry’s future,” said Barry Eccleston, President - Airbus Americas.

Photo Courtesy of Bryant High School Journalism

Read an official write up on the Bryant District page HERE.

Oct 10, 2014

Bryant Hornet Engineering Begins "Drone" Studies

Hornet Engineering's Aeronautics and Space Program is moving into a study of "drones" and related technology. BHE's first quadcopter arrived Thursday. While this vehicle was a pre-built consumer product, our program will soon be moving into its own builds and more advanced peripheral technologies. This is easily one of the hottest topics of discussion in aerospace engineering (and in the general public sector) at the moment. Our students will be given first-hand experience with this technology and will be working to expand their capabilities while developing ever more applications for this rapidly-evolving field.

Oct 2, 2014

Bryant Hornet Engineering Receives Arkansas Space Consortium Grant

ASGC Includes 17 four-year universities and colleges throughout Arkansas. Their primary goal is to educate and familiarize faculty, undergraduate and graduate students with aerospace and related industries. Following NASA's footsteps, they conduct programs to familiarize and motivate K-12 students with the STEM related courses needed to enter aerospace activities at colleges and universities to prepare them to enter high tech white-collar and blue-collar professions in high-tech industries.

Being of like mind, BHE is very appreciative of this support in pursuing the development of the Aether Project's next mission, Aether II, which is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2015.

Sep 30, 2014

PLTW CEO & President, Dr. Vince Bertram, Visits Bryant Hornet Engineering
In a last minute change of plans, Dr. Vince Bertram and members of his staff made arrangements to visit Bryant High School and made their way to the Bryant Hornet Engineering Center. Engineering students had opportunity to show Dr. Bertram their latest projects and discuss future plans.

Dr. Vince Bertram's address - "One Nation Under Taught: Solving America’s STEM Crisis"

The Project Lead the Way CEO spoke at multiple venues in Little Rock on the importance of STEM education for our nation's future in the global economy. Bryant Hornet Engineering students and staff attended one of Dr. Bertram's speaking engagments at the Clinton School of Public Service on Monday night (See video above).

Read the write-up on PLTW's site HERE.

Sep 27, 2014

Youth Division Champions and Award Winners

For the second year in a row, H.E.A.T. captures the Youth Division title at the annual Ken Palmquist Duct Tape Boat Race. This year, the team arrived with a new craft, Polaris, as well as last year's champion, Mamba. Also new to this year's race, Bryant Middle School's H.E.A.T. chapter made their presence known with their own construction, BUZZ, winning the 2014 "Most Creative" award. All three H.E.A.T. boats competed in the Youth Division, while Mamba and Polaris continued to compete in the Adult Division of Saturday's race, bettering their performance from last year by a noteworthy margin. The teams have already begun making plans for next year's boats, and are eager to take on next year's challenges and challengers.

A group of H.E.A.T. members stand with Polaris and Mamba after the races.
Read and see more about the construction of Polaris HERE

Sep 5, 2014

Mk III Cannon Revealed
Bryant Hornet Engineering's Skunkworks division has released its latest addition to the arsenal with the first of a new generation of air cannons. The defining characteristic of the third generation (Mk III) is the capability to be fired via 802.11g wireless network signal (in addition to manual arming switches and triggers).

The new cannon dwarfs previous models with two complete barrel systems - each roughly 7' long (from muzzle to butt). If straightened out, the cannons and their reservoirs would measure over 30' long. While the cannons weren't permitted at this year's Salt Bowl, they will make appearances at home games and other events, firing t-shirts and any other goodies that might fit in the 3" barrels.
See more about the Mk III's construction - HERE.

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