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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.

Sep 4, 2014

Big VEX News!

The 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship will be held in Louisville, KY. This will certainly make trips much more affordable for Arkansas teams.
Read more about this HERE.

Aug 18, 2014

Welcome Back. Let's Make it Happen.

The 2013-2014 school year was a HUGE year for Bryant Hornet Engineering. We expect an even bigger 2014-2015. Get in engineering classes. Join H.E.A.T. Get involved. Make things happen.

Aug 6, 2014

Under Construction
We are in the process of re-working the website to accommodate the addition of three more campuses to the Bryant Hornet Engineering network. At the top of the page, you'll see tabs for BHS (Bryant High School), BMS (Bryant Middle School), BeMS (Bethel Middle School), BES (Bryant Elementary School), and PES (Paron Elementary School). The website, just like Hornet Engineering, is going to grow tremendously this year.

May 19, 2014

World Championship Team Recognized by School Board

Back: Ryan West (11), Sarah Anderson (10), Nick Gatlin (10), Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal (10), Grant Hearn (12) Front: Joe Sartini (9), Rex Hearn (10), Josh Lawson (12), and Michael Ferguson (Board VP)

Early on the agenda for Monday night's school board meeting was recognition of H.E.A.T. members who competed on the international stage in the 2014 VEX Robotics World Championship held this April in Anaheim, CA. Attendees were given program materials and buttons in celebration of the occasion. The team would like to further thank the Bryant School Board for their support of this remarkable program.

H.E.A.T. members set up an impressive hallway display of their projects, achievements, and activities from the 2013-2014 school year for viewing prior to the evening's meeting.

May 19, 2014

Bryant Hornet Engineering is Still Growing
In just the last two years, Bryant Hornet Engineering has grown tremendously; seeing 100% enrollment growth at the high school alone. Last year, Bryant Middle School became the first campus to welcome our growing program. In the coming 2014-2015 school year, we're very glad to be welcoming Bethel Middle School to the Bryant Hornet Engineering network. Jason Price (PLTW instructor at Bryant Middle School) has done a great job demonstrating just what can be done at this level in preparing students for further education in engineering and related technologies.
There's more. Bryant Elementary and Paron Elementary will be launching PLTW's elementary curriculum in the coming school year! This is huge for all involved. Students will soon be able to take engaging Bryant Hornet Engineering courses from elementary, through middle school, into high school, and be prepared to take on a collegiate engineering program upon graduation. Remarkable.
Bryant Hornet Engineering is very glad to have the new campuses and their stellar teachers on board. This is an incredible step in making Bryant Hornet Engineering (and Bryant Schools as a whole) even further into something unlike any other in the state. Great things are happening here. By the time we kick off our new, truly vertical curriculum in the fall, our website will be overhauled to feature our new campuses and widespread efforts to make it happen.
H.E.A.T.'s first year has been a busy one and the new student organization is starting to settle in. We had over 40 contracted members this year, at the high school alone! There are more still at the Bryant Middle, and we look forward to developing the organization to include yet another middle school and two elementary campuses. Bring the H.E.A.T.!

May 14, 2014

POE Balsa Tower Project

Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal, Nick Gatlin, and Justin Barnes produced this video to present their completed balsa tower prior to its testing. It's nice work. Their tower set a new maximum load record at 625 pounds with an efficiency of 245.1 lbs/oz. Rock and roll.

May 1, 2014

Trip to Fayetteville and the NWA VEX Tournament

We're still playing a good bit of catch-up here in our department. Here is the long awaited look at our trip to the NWA VEX Tournament held at Ramay Jr. High in Fayetteville (April 18-19th). While in town, we had the opportunity to check out U of A's Engineering Department. We had a great group of recruiters/guides who showed us around and answered a lot of our students' questions about engineering school and the opportunities available at the University of Arkansas.

As mentioned in a previous entry, we fought numerous technical issues at this competition, but came home with some hardware anyway. More importantly, we saw improvements that had to be made before heading to CA for the World Championship. We'd like to say thanks to the folks at the University of Arkansas Engineering Department and our friends at Ramay/Woodland/Fayetteville schools for being such great hosts. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

April 30, 2014

Return to the EV Rally

A collaboration of BHE and BEAST (Bryant's E.A.S.T. Program) students represented Bryant at the Arkansas EV Rally for the first time in six years. The team arrived in a borrowed cart and delivered a respectable performance, winning 2nd in the range event and 4th in several others. The team now has a much better idea of what to expect when they return in their rebuilt cart next year. We're back... and we like it.

April 29, 2014

Engineers at Disneyland

While in Anaheim, CA for the VEX Robotics World Championship, our team did have a little time to enjoy Anaheim outside the convention center. Naturally, Disneyland is a must-see. We were fortunate to have Bruce Rauhe, a Disney Imagineer, talk to our students about his extensive work in projects in and about Disneyland and its cruise lines. Mr. Rauhe has a background in Chemical Engineering and offered our team some great insights into how the concepts and projects that they are developing now in our program/club can apply to real-world engineering and technology challenges. Thanks, Mr. Rauhe!

April 28, 2014

Bryant Hornet Engineering Results
Bryant's second visit to the VEX Robotics World Championship was even bigger than the first. 430 high school teams from 26 countries competed alongside Hornet Engineering for a very limited number of spots in the division elimination rounds, and ultimately, the title of VEX Robotics World Champion. 330 other teams competed in elementary, middle school and college divisions.

Our VEX Robotics World Championship team performed well in Anaheim, finishing with a 6-4 record in qualification rounds (actually a 7-3 record, if not for a score-reporting issue that was never appropriately resolved). The Bryant team was a first round pick in alliance selection by the 5th seed team, and made it to the quarter-finals - a first for us. Our team represented BHE well by finishing qualifying rounds with the 5th highest Offensive Performance Rating and 4th highest Calculated Contribution to Winning Margin Rating in our division of 86 teams. It is worth noting that the team was also a runner-up for the Energy Award. Our team learns more about this competition with each visit and we look forward to taking these lessons into next year's season.

Here's next year's game - VEX Skyrise.

Oh, and one of our students won the chance to meet Tony Hawk at the competition.
Just another day in the life of a BHE student.

Our EV (Electric Vehicle) Team competed in the Arkansas State EV Rally, held on Friday in Little Rock. Our team came home with a 2nd place award in the range competition and placed 4th in several other events. Not bad for our first time back to this event in 6 years. We'll be tearing down the BHE racer to improve it for next year's event. This has been a joint project between Bryant Hornet Engineering and Bryant's E.A.S.T. program.

Be on the lookout for more updates and media from all of these events.

April 23-24, 2014

BHE in Anaheim, CA

There is more to come, but here's a peek at our day of travel and our first day of competition at the2014 VEX Robotics World Championship.

April 18-19, 2014

BHE Visits Fayetteville
Friday morning, Bryant Hornet Engineering robotics teams (3 high school and 2 middle school) left for Fayetteville. Friday afternoon, the students had the opportunity to tour the University of Arkansas's Bell Engineering Center and talk with the department's recruiters. We're very glad that our students had a chance to get such a close-up look at this outstanding program, its people, and its facilities.

Saturday, the teams arrived at Ramay Jr. High to compete in the North West Arkansas VEX Tournament. While the teams fought numerous technical issues throughout the day, they did not come home empty handed; the students received a Tournament Champion trophy (and accompanying medals), the Innovation Award, and the Spirit Award. The team has two days to straighten out these newly discovered issues before flying out to Anaheim this Wednesday afternoon. Make it happen.

April 17, 2014

Why Take Pre-Engineering Classes at Bryant?

Chase Shaw, Disney engineer and Bryant High School Pre-Engineering alumni, came by to talk with a few of our classes a while back. We think he does a good job explaining what this program did for him and what it can do for our students. Thanks, Chase.

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.

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