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April 16, 2014

The Coming Week...
This Friday, Bryant Hornet Engineering leaves for the NWA VEX Tournament held in Fayetteville, AR. The team has been looking forward to this competition ever since before its original date was scratched due to inclement weather in December. Next Wednesday, April 23rd, the VEX Team will leave for Anaheim, CA to compete in the 2014 VEX World Championship.

Aaaaand Tony will be there, apparently. Cool.

Next Friday, BHE Racing will again represent Bryant in the Arkansas EV Rally for the first time in years. It's an immensely busy time for our department, but we're very excited to see our students actively engaged in these activities.

Make it happen.

April 5, 2014

Pancake Breakfast Benefiting Bryant Hornet Engineering

TaMolly's (Bryant) is hosting a pancake breakfast this Saturday, April 5th from 7:30-9:30 to raise funds for BHE. Tickets are $6 and all proceeds will go to our program. We are VERY appreciative to TaMolly's for their support! We truly rely on support from the community to provide this remarkable program and its experiences to our students. Thank you!

Mar 31, 2014

Introducing the BHE News Archive
Our site is over a year old and, after thousands of hits, has served as a nice online presence for BHE. The home page has gotten rather immense and it has been decided to add an archive page for stories over a year old. You'll see a link at the bottom of this page, or you can click HERE if you like. We keep making it happen. Enjoy.

Mar 25, 2014

Bryant Hornet Engineering (BMS) Participates in James Webb Space Telescope Projects

Before Spring Break, BMS Engineering (GTT) students completed several projects dealing with the James Webb Space Telescope. This is a telescope being built right now by NASA with plans to be in deep space by 2018. NASA asked participating schools to teach the students about the telescope, its features, and then create projects for the students to complete. Jason Price, the teacher, was to document their progress and projects through pictures and make a video. The students were to work in groups and could use scale measurements for modeling, the AutoCAD program to create parts, or a finished assembly, or draw a picture dealing with a specific task(s) of the telescope. The students even wrote the lyrics to the video that was created. They have done an excellent job.
Find more information about the amazing JWST HERE.

Mar 15, 2014

Bryant Hornet Engineering Featured on KATV 's Daybreak

We were thrilled to be invited to KATV 's River Market studio to talk with Janelle Lilley about the Aether I project and our upcoming trip to the VEX World Championship. Our flagship VEX robot, X1, was present along with the Aether I capsule, Ryan West, Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal, and John Williams. We want to extend a special thanks to KATV for having us on and sharing our story.
See more sample video footage from the Aether I capsule HERE.
See more photos from the Aether I capsule HERE.
See photos taken by BHS Journalism students HERE.

Mar 14, 2014

Aether I - Success

Aether I photo featuring beautiful cloud formations, a ring of blue atmosphere, and black space

While our GPS units did not function as intended and prevented us from tracking Aether I in real-time along its journey, fortune was in our favor. A gentleman in Marianna, AR witnessed the bizarre sight of a reflective silver pyramid plummeting from the sky below a parachute into a nearby field. Upon reading instructions on the exterior of the capsule, he contacted Hornet Engineering, allowing us to retrieve the unit in remarkable time.

Aether I photo from waaay up there

After evaluating the data gathered, it has been determined that the capsule reached roughly 80,000' (altitude was sacrificed for a quick ascent, due to strong winds) as it traveled approximately 100 miles across Arkansas in an astonishingly quick one hour and twenty minute flight. Stay tuned for more info.

Mar 13, 2014

Little Aether Project Teaser

Just a quick little something to fill people in on the basics of the project.

Mar 12, 2014

That is all.

Mar 10, 2014
Aether Program - First Launch Scheduled for March 14th
Bryant Hornet Engineering's Aeronautics and Space Program has scheduled the launch of Aether I for this Friday, March 14th, around 1:00pm. The Aether I capsule is designed to climb to over 100,000' while collecting data and capturing photo/video along the way. An on-board flight computer will record GPS position/altitude, temperature, humidity, and pressure every six seconds. An APRS unit will radio back position every two minutes, allowing real-time online tracking of the Aether I capsule via this site all the way to its maximum altitude. (Use call-sign "KF5OUQ" to track with us.) The flight is expected to take between two and four hours from release to landing.

The Aether I capsule is expected to capture images much like this one on its flight.

Mar 1, 2014

State Champions
H.E.A.T. has wrapped up the 2014 regular VEX Robotics season as State Champions, making them eligible (the second year in a row) for the 2014 World Championship in Anaheim, CA. Team 5691X, BHE Skunkworks Division, and its alliance partners won the State Tournament. 5691X also earned this year's Design Award for its advanced and efficient design as well as the team's exceptional engineer's notebook that documented the design process. Teams 5691B, Hornet Engineering Blue, and 5691W, Hornet Engineering White, finished as semi-finalists when they were beaten by 5691X. Team 5691B, Hornet Engineering Blue, also won the Robot Skills Competition with Nick Gatlin as pilot.

All three teams overcame early issues that cost them heavily in qualification matches to scratch up respectable standings; but by elimination rounds, the bugs were worked out and all three robots performed brilliantly. Team 5691X's robot, X1, was generally acknowledged as the strongest competitor of the day once it managed to rid itself of troublesome electronics issues. Bryant had "another strong showing" in Arkansas's second state championship.

Bryant High School H.E.A.T. members and coaches strike a pose with their awards.

Bryant Middle School teams, Tyrannosaurus VEX and Spartan H.E.A.T., performed very well in their first VEX competition, with the girls' team finishing as semi-finalists allied with two Bryant High School teams. Again, they were only beaten in semi-finals by Bryant High School's 5691X. These teams show great promise in adding to our High School program.

All five Bryant teams plan to compete in one more post-season tournament that is to be held in Fayetteville, AR on April 19th. Team 5691X plans to attend this year's VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, CA on April 23-26.

Feb 25, 2014

CAP Info Available
Students, teachers, all - BHE now has a page dedicated to answering your questions about engineering classes for the 2014-2015 school year.

Feb 24, 2014

POE 2014

Here's a look at a couple of projects tackled by this year's POE classes. Good times.

Feb 20, 2014

BHE in the News

Hornet Engineering is buzzing in the news lately.
HERE, you can read an article in the Bryant Daily about our upcoming near-space experiment - the Aether program.
HERE, you can read an article in this Sunday's Gazette about our robotics team. Very cool.

Feb 18, 2014

New Artillery Video

While we hoped to release something a bit more "documentary," that video is going to be pushed back; likely until the development process of the Mark III cannon begins. We hope to have an operational Mark III cannon before summer break.

Feb 14, 2014

VEX Update
The Arkansas State VEX Tournament, held in Russellville, AR, is two weeks away. While the Bryant teams have been very disappointed at each cancellation of each regular season regional event, 5691B and 5691W are pressing on; rebuilding robots and making modifications that were to be kept secret until State. Look for these teams, and perhaps photos of these two robots, in this Sunday's Arkansas Democrat Gazette. With the registration of the Bryant teams for State, the existence of a top-secret division of Bryant Hornet Engineering has now been made public - Team 5691X - Bryant Hornet Engineering: Skunkworks Division.

For those unfamiliar with this aerospace reference, the designation "skunk works", or "skunkworks", is widely used in business, engineering, and technical fields to describe a group within an organization given a high degree of autonomy and unhampered by bureaucracy, tasked with working on advanced or secret projects.

This artwork has been spotted movingly stealthily about building 22, in and out of locked storage facilities, attached to otherwise unmarked equipment... Everyone will see March 1, it would seem.

Feb 8, 2014

2014 BHE VEX Tourney

It was going to be epic. We held out as long as we could in hopes of the weather cooperating; alas, it was cancelled Friday night. We hope to see everyone here next year... and we look forward to seeing you all at state.

Feb 3, 2014

Students Take on the 2014 Automated Vehicle Course

Sunny Uppal, Nick Gatlin, and Justin Barnes produced this video that they incorporated into their project presentation. Good stuff worth sharing.

Jan 14, 2014

2014 POE Automated Vehicle Course Unveiled

The final VEX project of Principles of Engineering is the construction of an automated vehicle capable of navigating a course designed by Mr.Williams. The vehicles must start at the push of a button and have no further input from humans throughout the run. This year's course is going to be good fun. Stay tuned for results.

Jan 13, 2014

Star City VEX Tournament
The Star City VEX Tournament, scheduled for this Saturday, has been cancelled. The team is disappointed that they won't get to compete this weekend. Bryant's VEX Tourney will now be the only regional competition held in AR before the state competition, it would seem. In the mean-time, our team will reevaluate strategies and stand ready for Feb 8th to perform well on their home turf before meeting the rest of the state in Russellville on March 1st for the State Championship.

Jan 3, 2014

Hornet Engineering Aeronautics and Space Program Takes Off

Students from Hornet Engineering's Aerospace Engineering course had the incredible opportunity to visit Central Flying Service in Little Rock. They not only toured the facility and tried out the flight simulator; students got to experience flight first hand. Students climbed on board small aircraft with CFS instructors and logged their first hours towards a private pilot license. Students flew from Little Rock to Stuttgart in Cessna 172s, getting to try their hand at the yoke while receiving top-notch instruction. This is as hands-on as it gets. BHE is a great place to be.

We'd like to extend a huge, "thank you" to Central Flying Service for working with us and accommodating our students in such a professional, friendly, and remarkable fashion (while giving our students unheard of rates). We hope to continue growing our relationship with this incredible supporter to give our students access to more and more real-world instruction and experience.

Dec 19, 2013

The Mk II Compact Has Arrived

The Mk I air cannons were a great success and good fun. The initial Mk II was a remarkable step forward in design and a solid performer; but it was massive at almost 5 feet long. The H.E.A.T. crew responsible for the armaments' design and construction decided that something a little more manageable (particularly for indoor venues) was in order. The result - a 28" Mk II Compact.

The new cannon utilizes a similar arming/firing set-up to its bigger, older brother. The barrel and reservoir were snubbed, and the interchangeable barrel option was omitted to further minimize length. To further progress the cannon project design, the Mk II Compact is the first to sport a revolutionary new handle design to remedy a design flaw present in previous models.

This cannon was commissioned by the Bryant Middle School H.E.A.T. chapter. They requested that a vivid blue be added to the Mk II "Hoth Camo" paint scheme... We think it looks pretty awesome.

Dec 13, 2013

Bryant Middle School VEX Team Out and About

BMS robotics students get a full tour of Garver's facility in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
With this weekend's VEX tournament cancelled, the BMS VEX team filled their Friday with a trip to visit the Museum of Discovery, toured the engineering facility of one of BHE's great supporters - Garver, and dropped in for some robotics action on the Bryant High School Campus.

It was a full day of great experiences for these students and they are excited about engineering. Great things are happening in this new program, and support from local engineers like those at Garver is a much appreciated, invaluable resource in the development of this program.

Read the full write-up from Jason Price HERE.

BMS robotics students visit the Bryant Hornet Engineering Center for a guided tour, a friendly game of VEX Toss Up, and discussing robotics with their high school H.E.A.T. counterparts.

Dec 10, 2013

NWA VEX Tournament
Sadly, the Fayetteville VEX competition has been cancelled/postponed in anticipation of foul winter weather this weekend. We'll post a rescheduled date as soon as it is made known to us. We're a bit bummed. The event partner suggests that the competition may be rescheduled for January.

Dec 9, 2013

2014 VEX Robotics Competition Season Begins

Friday, December 13th, select H.E.A.T. members from Bryant High School will be leaving for Fayetteville to compete in the first Arkansas regional competition of the 2014 season, the NWA VEX Competition. We're excited to announce that they will be joined by H.E.A.T. members from the Bryant Middle School this year. BHS and BMS will each be sending two teams to compete against 26 other teams from schools throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Click HERE to see more about this year's game, VEX Toss Up.

While in Fayetteville, teams will be touring the Bell Engineering Center at the University of Arkansas. It's going to be an enjoyable, insightful experience for Bryant's best.

Stay tuned for video and photo updates from this competition and the ones that follow. We're working steadily in hopes of another World Championship spot and a chance to improve upon last year's performance.

Nov 11, 2013

"Bumperbots" Invade Building #10

Monday morning, students and staff were invited to participate in an impromptu robot challenge set up in the main lobby of the high school. The game, dubbed "Bumperbots," consists of 4-5 identical remote controlled VEX robots (constructed by BHE students) in a ring. Each nimble robot has a bumpswitch on its rear bumper that gives the game a simple objective - hit your opponents' buttons. When struck, a yellow LED is lit and the robot shuts down for 6 seconds. After three of these hits, a red LED is lit and the robot is "dead" until reset for the next match. Good times were had and you'll be seeing the game again soon.

Nov 2, 2013

Bryant's BEST
After 6 weeks of design and construction, Hornet Engineering And Technology delivered the best BEST Robotics performance in Bryant's history with a 1st Place - Most Robust Machine, 1st Place - Spirit and Sportsmanship, and 5th of nearly 40 teams in the performance tournament. This was a huge leap ahead of the performance from the previous year and this year's team had a great time at the event. H.E.A.T. is off to a great start in this robotics season, looking for even greater performances in the quickly-approaching 2014 VEX Robotics competitions.

H.E.A.T. members pose with their chunk of robot, "Bertha Prime," and unprecedented awards.

Nov 1, 2013

VEX is Coming to Bryant

It's official; Bryant will host a regional VEX competition for the 2014 game - "Toss Up" on February 8, 2014. The Bryant Hornet Engineering VEX Tourney will be hosted at the Bryant Middle School gym, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Bryant Middle School and Bryant High School Engineering staff and the greatly appreciated enthusiasm of Bryant Middle School administration.

This will be one of three official VRC (VEX Robotics Competition) events hosted in Arkansas that will qualify teams for the State Championship, held on March 1, 2014 at Arkansas Tech University. Three teams will advance from the Arkansas State Championship to the VRC World Championship in Anaheim, CA.

It is equally exciting to announce that the Bryant Middle School H.E.A.T. chapter will be fielding two new VRC teams this year alongside the teams made up by their Bryant High School H.E.A.T. counterparts. It's going to be a big year for Bryant Hornet Engineering.

October 29, 2013

Punkin Chunkin'
The H.E.A.T. artillery division was called out to bombard monsters and ghouls with pumpkins at a community Halloween festival held at Mill's Park in Bryant. The BHE trebuchet and torsion catapult haven't seen as much action this year (with the introduction of the H.E.A.T. air cannons), so it was nice to wheel them out of storage and let them do what they were built to do.
Over the course of a few hours, the BHE-built siege machines hurled dozens of pumpkins into targets designed and built by Bryant's Boys and Girls Club and B.E.A.S.T. (Bryant High School's E.A.S.T. Program, taught by Devry Rhodes).

October 25, 2015

Air Cannon - Mk II
H.E.A.T. has finally gone public with the latest generation of t-shirt firing air cannons with the release of the its firstMk II model. The second generation cannon has received several upgrades and improvements, thanks to lessons learned with the Mk I models; the most noteworthy being the electronic trigger with a lit arming switch safety system.

Other improvements included a larger reservoir (to better fill the lengthened 3" barrel), an increased pressure rating (120psi), higher quality base paint, and an integrated air pressure gauge to serve as a secondary precaution when filling and primary measure of leak-down over time when charged. The interchangeable barrel system from the Mk I models was kept for this first, behemoth of a Mk II. At 100psi, the cannon can easily fire a t-shirt 40+ yards. Range at the designed max of 120psi has not yet been tested.

The first Mk II cannon - shown here in a fantastic, new "Hoth Camo" paint scheme and measuring almost 5 feet in length
See Video of the Mk II test fire HERE.

Sept 27, 2013

The Artillery Arrives
The H.E.A.T. Artillery fired t-shirts into the crowd this morning at Bryant's early morning Salt Bowl pep rally. KATV7's Daybreak interviewed one of our H.E.A.T. seniors this morning in a discussion about the Mk I cannons and their construction. We're making things happen here in building #22. Mk II cannons are on the way.

See another video of both cannons firing HERE.
See the KATV7 Daybreak interview HERE.
See more cannon project photos/info HERE.

Sept 21, 2013

Early Victory
BHE Racing is celebrating its first victory of the season - the Bryant Fall Fest Palmquist Duct Tape Boat Race. H.E.A.T.'s H.E.S. Mamba took the first place prize in youth division competition and bagged the people's choice award for both youth and adult divisions.

Check out the latest video below along with more photos of construction and testing HERE.

We'd like to extend a special thanks to Lander's for sponsoring the event. It was a great time and an excellent engineering design challenge for our students. We look forward to competing in Lake Norma for next year's title.

Sept 20, 2013

H.E.A.T.'s New Artillery for the 2013 Football Season

While last year's catapult and trebuchet got lots of attention and were good fun, H.E.A.T. sought out a new challenge this year... to keep things interesting. This year, the crew will be bombarding the stands with t-shirts and goodies fired from the barrels of air-cannons. Two first-generation cannons have been constructed and tested with great results.

The cannons made their first public appearance at today's pep-rally in Love Auditorium (the pressure was wisely dialed down a good bit for this indoor demonstration). Engineering students are working on developments for second generation cannons in hopes to have at least one of the more advanced delivery systems operational for the Salt-Bowl. OooRah.

See more here.

Sept 18, 2013

BHE Racing Takes to the Water

The BHE Navy will make its first appearance at the Bryant Fall Fest Duct-Tape-Boat Race. The race is to be held Saturday, September 21st at Bishop Park. This photo is from the first day of testing. The topside of the craft has since been modified and styled to look the part. Paddlers reported that the boat handled well and cut through the water quickly and smoothly

See more here.

Sept 15, 2013

2013 CEA Raises the Bar

This year's Civil Engineering and Architecture students each modeled architectural style of their choice and displayed their work on Monday. This year's group really did do a fine job in a relatively short window of time. We're looking forward to seeing just what this group can create through the rest of the year.

See more here.

Sept 9, 2013

Bringing the H.E.A.T.

It's official - Bryant Hornet Engineering has a full-blown student organization. H.E.A.T. (Hornet Engineering And Technology) got a lot of attention at its public release and had a great turn out at the BHS Club Day. Over 120 students signed up, expressing interest in the organization. Turn-out has been fantastic and our students are hitting the ground running, eager to attack our fall projects.

Students will be able to sign their membership contracts starting today.

August 18,2013

Make it happen. - a message from Mr. Williams
Welcome back! It's going to be a big year for Hornet Engineering. I'm looking forward to working with Bryant's finest in the coming year to do things BHS has never seen before... Read the rest here.

May 24, 2013
Cool Opportunities
Bryant Hornet Engineering will be partnering with Northside Heating and Cooling in the coming year to assemble a mobile HVAC lab, allowing students to observe and experiment with the workings of a typical residential heating and cooling system. Initially, this lab will be incorporated into our Civil Engineering and Architecture course (which contains a unit of study in HVAC) to give students real experience and insight into this high-demand field.

When the lab is completed, students will be able to observe pressures in an operational system, understand these values, examine the inner workings of refrigeration systems and gas furnaces, attempt troubleshooting of a residential system, and more. We're very excited to be involved in this project and greatly appreciate Northside's donation of equipment, time, and expertise.

May 17, 2013
Wrapping Up a Big Year - a message from Mr. Williams
As the 2012-2013 school year winds down, I just want to thank my remarkable students, their parents, the invincible Mrs.Norris, our incredible sponsors, our administration, and the Bryant family for all the support that has made this year a BIG one for Bryant Hornet Engineering and the Bryant School District at large... Read the rest here.

May 8, 2013
Website Update
You may notice the website has a new look. The changes are still in the works, so please forgive any glitches or misshapen photos. We're working on it. The update should allow a more versatile and attractive internet presence for Hornet Engineering.

April 25, 2013
Hornet Engineering Recognized by Bryant City Council
The BHE Robotics Team received standing ovations at this month's city council meeting. The team was proud to be recognized for a great debut season and respectable performance at their first international event. Romulus was brought along for a brief demonstration as Remus, the World Championship contender and the younger twin of Romulus, was still in transit from California.

Photos coming soon?

April 21, 2013
Hornet Engineering - Global Competitors

After 10 qualification rounds, Hornet Engineering held a 7-3 win record, respectable scoring record, and a tie for 19th in the rankings (of 84 World Championship teams in the "Math" division). Their overall position - 91st of 420 High School World Championship teams (top 22%) and 91st of 7000+ high school VEX teams worldwide (top 1.3%). Hornet Engineering has much to be proud of in their first appearance in the international arena and first ever VEX Robotics season.

Remus was also ranked 96th of 520 teams in the Robot Skills Challenge with 145 points (piloted by Jonathan Austin).

The team would like to thank all the sponsors and supporters that made this endeavor possible. There is no doubt in the minds of these students that VEX Robotics will be a priority at Bryant next year. Many lessons were learned this season in a very short time. "We will be back."

April 19, 2013
Second Day of World Championship Competition

Today was a second day of qualifying rounds. As you may recall, we had one loss yesterday due to a robot injury. The team worked through the night to heavily reinforce the drivetrain with great success. Remus also returned to the ring this morning with a second battery, increasing his power and peak performance time.

The team was a bit frazzled after all these rushed modifications and had a difficult round early in the morning, contributing a second loss to the team's record. However, at the end of the day, BHE's record stands 6-2 with Hornet Engineering Blue ranked 16th in our division!

Tomorrow's matches are against teams that are near Hornet Engineering's own ranking or well below, so the team is hopeful that they can finish the qualifying rounds in an even higher ranking and well positioned to be a World Championship Division Finalist.

We will let you know when/if we find links to today's satellite interviews with CBS and NBC.

April 18, 2013

First Day in Anaheim!

After bouncing from Little Rock to Vegas to Orange County, we arrived in good order at the Anaheim Convention Center, this year's home to the VEX Robotics World Championship. Remus (our Excellence Award-winning robot) was waiting for us with a few moderate injuries from the journey; but with a little help from a few Frenchmen and an Englishman or two, we had him back in operating order in time for programming modifications and practice rounds.

It's really difficult to communicate the scale of this event. With thousands from all over the planet buzzing about excitedly from table to arena with robots in hundreds of radical configurations and permutations, it's difficult to move one's self more than a few feet before being consumed with bot-fever. The team has had a great time so far.

Qualification rounds have begun. In the first round, Remus encountered somewhat violent opposition that crippled his right-side drivetrain, resulting in an early loss. After another heroic round of repairs in the pit, Remus won the final two qualification rounds of the day, improving our position in the rankings. With seven more qualifying rounds in the morning, the team is hopeful that we can stretch these wins into a streak that might make us serious competitors in the elimination rounds.

Little Rock's NBC will be conducting a live satellite interview with one or two of our students and the president of VEX Robotics at 6:15 AM (central time). CBS will be conducting a similar interview an hour or so later that will be recorded and aired later in the day (TBA).

April 17, 2013

We leave today for California. Woot and such...

The team was also featured by The Saline Courier. Read the article here! A special thanks to them for their coverage of our endeavors.

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