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 full write up 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.
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.
Aug 6, 2014
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
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
Here's a look at a couple of projects tackled by this year's POE classes. Good times.
Update: The balsa tower record in this video was broken a few weeks later by David Perez and Jerry Juarez - a colossal 895 pounds.
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
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
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
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.
Sept 21, 2013
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
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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.
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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.
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.
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