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May 25, 2016

Autodesk Inventor Certifications

Since the fall of 2012, Mrs. Norris has led her Introduction to Engineering Design classes through advanced instruction in Autodesk Inventor (an industry-standard CAD program brought to you by the people who now own AutoCAD). This year, 45 ninth-graders in her IED course have become Autodesk Inventor certified. This adds up to over 200 Bryant Hornet Engineering students to become certified in Autodesk Inventor over the last four years. Incredible.

May 18, 2016

Welcome to Bryant Arkansas - Brought to You by Hornet Engineering

BMS Engineering teacher Jason Price is all about project based learning. What better project than one serving the community?

When Bryant Middle School 7th grade engineering students discussed a project to serve their hometown the most popular idea involved replacing one of the two "Welcome to Bryant" city signs.

Conversations with City of Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs, the Bryant Chamber of Commerce and the City Council led to a plan to design and construct a new welcome sign. Mayor Dabbs and the city leadership groups eagerly welcomed the student investment.

Mr. Price provided direction and instruction throughout the two-month process. Students began by purchasing supplies. They measured the area of the sign, cut plywood to specs, and cut 2x4s to frame the back.

After the sign was constructed, painting began. They added a base white, then cut out the letters and painted each Bryant blue. Waterproofing was the last step of construction.

Students installed the sign on May 18. “Welcome to Bryant” is now the greeting seen by thousands each day as they travel I-30 west between the Alexander exit and Raymar overpass.

May 16, 2016

EV Rally 2016 Short Film

perhaps our best video work to date
In this short film, Hornet Engineering students (H.E.A.T. members) tell the audience about the Arkansas Electric Vehicle Rally, what went into bringing their decade-old cart back to the race (for the first time in roughly 8 years), and how everything played out at Number 29's return to the circuit.

Hornet Engineering ultimately won 1st in the Range Event and 3rd in Autocross.

"We'll make it happen, no matter what." - Sunny Harshdeep, H.E.A.T. CEO 2015-2016

May 7, 2016

Hornet Engineering at Maker Faire 2016

Hornet Engineering (BHS and BMS) dropped in on the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub's Mini-Maker Faire held in North Little Rock.

While we showed up to show off what our PLTW-based program has been up to in the "Robotics World" (we did bring 4 State Champion robots with us), we had an amazing time just checking out everything that others had been up to. Lots to see and tons of like-minded individuals to converse with. This really is our crowd.

Great thanks to the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and everyone who helped put on this great event! Can't wait until the next one. We'll bring more stuff... once we find a truck. haha

May 6, 2016

2016 Arkansas EV Rally

a serious shot of hardcore racers
H.E.A.T.'s return to the Arkansas Electric Cooperative's EV Rally was more eventful than anticipated.

The Arkansas EV (Electric Vehicle) Rally revolves around the use of an electrically-powered go-kart to teach students principles of electric power, renewable energies, transportation design, physics, and more. Our Hornet Engineering students have spent significant hours over the past year preparing our own vehicle for its first appearance at this event in over 7 years.

The day was going very well, feeling we had placed in several events - acceleration, autocross - and had performed competitively in other events - quiz bowl, troubleshooting. Just one lap into the final event of the day - the range event - a Northwest Arkansas team lost control of their vehicle and left the track, injuring several bystanders - mostly our Hornet Engineering crew.

We want to let our Bryant family know that our students were attended to quickly and professionally, all making it home safely Friday night without any broken bones or otherwise serious injury (though several are bandaged up and may be moving a bit more slowly over the coming week).

Once our students were properly cared for, the remaining Hornets decided among themselves to finish the event, ultimately winning first place in the range event and third in autocross with their friends in mind.

Our crew would like to thank everyone for the thoughts, prayers, and kind words sent to them and their families.

May 4, 2016

How have we not posted this on the site yet?

video reveal of the "Atlas" robot platform
In the world of competitive robotics, "reveal videos" are a way to unveil your team's latest designs to the world. This is special edition of our Atlas platform reveal, introducing not only the original Atlas, but his twin brother, Ares. The robot featured in this video competed in every VEX event in Arkansas, winning multiple awards and ultimately scoring the highest single alliance score in Arkansas at the State Championship.
The twin, Ares, was equipped with additional hardware that pulled off the only "high lift" in Arkansas competition, lifting its partner 12" off the mat at the end of the match. The final evolution of the Atlas platform, X-3 Apollo, was released at the State Championship, surpassing both its predecessors in speed, accuracy, and construction. For more information on the the original rendition of this versatile platform, see the engineering design summary.

April 23, 2016

VEX World Championship Award Winners

BHS and BMS HEAT crews at the VEX World Championship

Bryant Hornet Engineering has just returned from their fourth VEX Robotics World Championship. Teams from Bryant Middle School and Bryant High School again represented Arkansas at the largest robotics event ever (a new, official Guinness World Record), competing alongside over 1,000 teams from more than 30 countries. It was a unique experience for our students; allowing them to interact with the best and brightest from all over our planet who are actively honing the abilities and skill-sets needed to shape our tech-driven world in the decades to come. These are the competitive, collaborative problem solvers. This event is like no other.

For the second year in a row, Bryant High School was singled out for an international award - this year, the Sportsmanship Award. To be selected from such an impressive field of global competitors, winning an award like this is a great indicator of Bryant Hornet Engineering presence, attitude, drive, and collaboration.

Bryant teams won the right to attend by winning Tournament Champion and Excellence Awards at the Arkansas State Tournament held at Arkansas Tech University in March. Bryant High School completed the season undefeated with 5 Tournament Champion titles, state scoring records, and other awards to their record.

For those who'd like a more in-depth look, a recap of the event will be aired for the first time on ESPN2 on July 20.

April 22, 2016

2017 VEX Robotics Game Released

VEX Robotics Competition - Startstruck

April 21, 2016

VEX World Championship 2016 - Wednesday and Thursday

This is what the biggest robotics event EVER looks like.

April 19, 2016

VEX World Championship 2016 is Almost Here

four years strong
As the team makes final preparations for their fourth visit to the biggest robotics event on the planet, we looked back over the past seasons and put this video together. It keeps getting bigger. Make it happen.

March 31, 2016

TSA State Conference Results
Arkansas has now held its first State Technology Student Association Conference. (TSA is to engineering programs what FBLA is to business classes or FCCLA is to FACS classes.) 10 Bryant Hornet Engineering students attended and competed with schools from across the state in a variety of events. Bryant Hornet Engineering also put forward several candidates to be Arkansas' first state TSA Officers.
Results -
  • CO2 Dragster - 1st and 2nd place medals
  • Promotional Design - 1st place medals
  • Transportation Modeling - 2nd place medal
  • Extemporaneous Speech - 2nd place medal
  • Katlee Freasier - State Vice President
  • Stuti Chatterjee - State Secretary
  • Kaitlyn Baldwin - State Sergeant at Arms

March 22, 2016

Bryant Hornet Engineering Presents at PLTW's National Summit

The Summit is Project Lead The Way's national conference
Bryant High School was invited to present a session at this year's PLTW National Summit, and we were all too thrilled to help out. The 2016 Summit was the largest yet and our representative spent five days in Indianapolis, Indiana working with other master teachers, meeting with the movers and shakers, and conducting/attending informative sessions about the goings-on in the ever-growing world of PLTW. Making it happen gets bigger all the time.
If you attended the session and are looking for the support page - Click HERE.

March 5, 2016

2016 State Champions

Bryant High School H.E.A.T. Wins Again
Bryant wrapped up an undefeated season with a win at the 2016 Arkansas Sate Championship, paving the way for a fourth appearance at the VEX World Championship. Teams from Bryant High School, Bryant Middle School, and Bethel Middle School competed in a field of 49 teams to claim the top spots. The charge was led by a ferocious new robot from Bryant Hornet Engineering's Skunkworks Division (5691X), X-3 "Apollo." Piloted by H.E.A.T. CEO, Sunny Harshdeep, Apollo landed the number one qualifier spot against the toughest competition seen in Arkansas, setting the stage for elimination rounds. Five Bryant teams competed in the elimination rounds with three of them ultimately landing in the finals. (We think it's worth mentioning that the fourth team in the finals was largely made up of students who first participated in VEX Robotics at Bryant High School).

BMS teams with their awards
Results -
- BHS - Tournament Champion, Sportsmanship Award (our first), Robot Skills Champion, Number 1 Qualifier
- BMS - Tournament Champion, Middle School Excellence Award, Number 5 Qualifier
- BeMS - Number 13 and 14 qualifiers in their very first time at the State Championship

- Bryant High School 5691B (allied with ASMSA) posted the single highest alliance score of the Arkansas season.
- Bryant High School 5691W achieved the first and only "high lift" in Arkansas.

See complete results of the 2016 Arkansas State Championship HERE.

See more about the shared "Atlas" Robot Platform in this document.

See a (mostly) complete record of Bryant Hornet Engineering's endeavors in VEX Robotics HERE.

Feb 27, 2016

Northwest Arkansas Invitational VEX Tournament Champions

BHS and BMS teams celebrate a big victory
Just under 40 teams from Arkansas and Oklahoma gathered at Bentonville High School for the largest Arkansas VEX event of the regular season. Bryant High School and Bryant Middle School H.E.A.T. chapters fought tough competition and mild sleep deprivation through a long day of challenging matches. A tie in one of four qualification rounds sentenced defending champion 5691B to 5th in the rankings, but a strong alliance with Southwest Junior High and Bryant Middle School battled the top seeds for the ultimate win. Bryant Middle School also snared the Excellence Award over a field of strong competitors. The teams are now working to further improve their robots for one last bout at the Arkansas State Championship, held at Arkansas Tech University on March 5th. Make it happen.

Feb 26, 2016

Engineering Summer Camp Opportunities

Check out the University of Arkansas' summer camp offerings HERE

Feb 20, 2016

International Finalists!
For VEX Worlds 2016, Bryant Hornet Engineering entered several online challenges. We're very glad to report that we've been selected as finalists in 2 categories so far - Website and Promote Award. You can see our Website entry at and here's our Promote Award entry -

Make it happen.

Feb 16, 2016

Bryant Students, Apply Now for Robotics 2017
When filling your schedule for the 2016-2017 school year, consider our new Robotics course! As seats are limited, you must fill out an APPLICATION by March 11 to be considered. This course will utilize the VEX Robotics Curriculum and form the back-bone of Bryant's competitive robotics teams in the 2016-2017 VEX Robotics season. This will be the first time BHE has had a period in the day committed exclusively to robotics, and could be game-changer for us.

Visit our CAPs Page for more info regarding course selection here in Bryant Hornet Engineering. It'll be a big year.

Feb 8, 2016

UAM VEX Tournament Champions

Atlas and his new twin brother, Ares
It was a rough day, but Hornet Engineering fought hard and won out. Improvements are already underway to make Atlas and Ares more dangerous in the ring and the latest beast from BHE Skunkworks, X-3, is to be released near the end of the month. Great work to all the teams who competed, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Jan 30, 2016

Aero Students Fly for the Third Year in a Row

students back on the ground after their first experience at the yoke of a real aircraft

Jan 13, 2016

New Website Launched!
Bryant Hornet Engineering has operated this site since February of 2013. It has served us well as a hub for sharing our activities with our community and well beyond. Our H.E.A.T. crew has worked hard to keep up the site and fill it with loads of great content; however, it was time for a refresh. Our old Drupal7 site is looking a little tired and has been pushed about as far as we can push it; enter Concrete5. Our new website - - was launched as our entry in its corresponding 2016 VEX Robotics World Championship Online Challenge. While we were finalists in last year's competition, we hope our new site will help up place in 2016.
Our original site will remain in operation for a while yet as we restructure and migrate content to the new site.

Jan 12, 2016

Take that First Step

Hornet Engineering's latest VEX World Championship Promote Award entry

Jan 8, 2016

Fall 2015 Review

a quick review of a busy semester

Dec 17, 2015

Why STEM? Why Bryant?

a look at why we do what we do here

Dec 12, 2015

NE Arkansas Regional VEX Tournament

Bryant Hornet Engineering teams with their bots and awards

Held at Arkansas State University,our first VEX Robotics event of the season was a great intro to the 2015-2016 game, Nothing But Net. H.E.A.T. teams from Bryant High School and Bryant Middle School competed with teams from across Arkansas and Mississippi.

While many of our most experienced H.E.A.T. members were unable to attend (ACT testing and All-Region Band tryouts were held on the same Saturday), Bryant had a strong presence throughout the event with BHS team 5691W running throughout the day as the #1 qualifier and BMS team 1338B finishing qualifying rounds at #2. BHS team 5691B had flywheel motor issues throughout the morning, but came back a seriously competitive machine after an emergency lunch-time diagnosis and surgery. Ultimately, 5691W and 1338B formed an alliance while 5691B formed a second alliance with a veteran and Excellence Award winning team from Monticello. Both alliances advanced through elimination rounds to compete in the finals. Of the four teams represented in the finals, three wore H.E.A.T. tees. It was a promising start to what is sure to be an intense season.

BHS wins - Tournament Champion, Design Award, Skills Champion, #1 Qualifier
BMS wins - Tournament Champion, Sportsmanship Award, #2 Qualifier

Dec 10, 2015

What is S.T.E.A.M. and Why does it Matter?

Joel Gordon of the AR Regional Innovation Hub discusses S.T.E.A.M. possibilities
We had the privilege of hearing Mr. Gordon speak at the TSA Fall Leadership Conference a while back. Afterwards, he chatted with us about the importance of STEM education and the many possibilities for careers that are somewhat less traditionally thought of as STEM careers. STEM can take students well into the modern realms of art, making a great case for putting an "A" in STEM.

Nov 19, 2015

Shirts Have Arrived!

Our much anticipated H.E.A.T. shirts have come in and we're very pleased to have easily one (actually two) of the coolest organization shirts on campus. The new tees are super-high-quality, arriving in a heathered charcoal and pale pink. Contracted H.E.A.T. members get a discounted price, while non-H.E.A.T. persons may purchase a shirt for $15.

The pinks are going fast, btw.

Nov 11, 2015

The Hornet Engineering Center - A Guided Tour

Take a tour through the home of H.E.A.T.
Built in 1975, Bryant's "Industrial Arts Building" is now forty years old. It has housed PLTW courses since the fall of 2002, but only became an exclusively engineering complex in the fall of 2014.

We've spent the last few years turning the structure into a facility we're proud to call home. Now called the "Hornet Engineering Center," its brick and block walls house a non-stop buzz of activity, research, and learning.

In this video, two of our youngest officers guide you through the Hornet Engineering Center with an active H.E.A.T. work session in progress.

Feel free to schedule an appointment to see the facility and its ever-more-interesting contents by contacting the school.

Nov 4, 2015

TSA Leadership Conference

H.E.A.T. members attend the state's first TSA Fall Leadership Conference at UALR's EIT Center

Technology Student Association is a nationwide student organization designed to engage students in STEM opportunities outside of the typical classroom experience. (Sounds like H.E.A.T. territory doesn't it?) Ten H.E.A.T. members attended a fall leadership conference with speakers from the Launch Pad at North Little Rock's Innovation Hub, University of Arkansas, and more. H.E.A.T. plans to put many of these exceptional students forward for state officer positions in the State-Department-run organization.

Oct 30, 2015

Hornet Engineering (BMS) Studys the JWST

Students complete research projects around the new James Webb Space Telescope.

Oct 28, 2015

Perry Initiative

Hornet Engineering has an ever-growing female population and we're glad to be bucking the stereotypes by bringing more girls to the forefront of STEM education. Keep an eye on our site for more local opportunities of this sort. Visit the Perry Initiative for more info about this awesome opportunity for girls (10th grade +) with an interest in engineering and/or orthopedic surgery.

Girls, apply HERE.

Oct 21, 2015

Homecoming Billboard 2015

the H.E.A.T. 2015 billboard design, a giant leap in the annual competition, and a whole new game

Sporting LED-back-lit mountains, animated robots, scrolling text, a psychedelic plasma effect, and four hand-wired, student-programmed micro-controllers, this year's homecoming billboard was unlike any other. This year's theme, "Twilight in Tokyo," posed an interesting challenge, but we figured, "Tokyo's a techie town; we can do that," and ran with it.

We saw this as an opportunity to pursue new technology and expose ourselves to equipment and coding never before utilized by Hornet Engineering, but widely used by university level courses and hardcore hobbyists alike. Students worked through long days of troubleshooting and programming with Arduino micro-processors and Raspberry Pi boards to animate the new-tech RGB LED matrices (widely used in cutting-edge billboards and jumbotron displays). The board itself featured three layers (to accommodate back-lighting and add depth) and distinctive architectural features of the Tokyo skyline.

H.E.A.T. members complete a somewhat tricky final assembly

Last-minute complications and unfortunate mishaps led the to the board arriving too late to be judged... so we were unable to really compete against the entries from other organizations, and unable to win. This really bummed us out, but we're very proud of the crazy we pulled off. We took it to eleven this year. We'll take to fifteen or so next year.

Oct 19, 2015

Duct Tape Boat - Sunny Edition

Sunny's extended take on the Duct Tape Boat Race 2015

Oct 14, 2015


We had not posted this video yet, but here is John Williams (BHS Hornet Engineering) giving his thoughts on why STEM matters. This resurfaced while working on much a larger project with the same theme. Be looking out for that one to be released in the very near future.

Sept 26, 2015


H.E.A.T. members sit pleased with our new craft, Triumph, and awards won.

Duct-tape boat racing has become a staple of Hornet Engineering and our H.E.A.T. racing crew looks forward to bringing new design ideas to a pile of PVC and fresh rolls of duct-tape every season. This year's new boat was dubbed, Triumph. The new craft was designed to be a perfectly engineered blend of our first boat, the quick-turning Mamba, and our 14' drag-racing Polaris. Triumph was the ultimate culmination of our duct-tape know-how, and delivered an untouchable performance; sweeping all competitive categories at this year's race and bringing home $500 in prize money.

Good times were had.

Sept 4, 2015

Hornet Engineering Artillery Division at Salt Bowl 2015
four new MkII hand-held cannons and the crew from West Rock Orthodontics

After two years of development, our artillery division finally had the opportunity to deliver shirts to eager, massive Salt Bowl crowds. The intimidating Mk III mega-cannon, often dubbed "the Hornet Howitzer," as well as four brand new "spirit series" Mk II cannons did their thing at the biggest game of the year. Special thanks to West Rock for the opportunity to help you fire-off your gear!

the "spirit series" cannons are our most refined yet

KATV's Alyson Courtney fires a t-shirt over the crowd at the early morning pep-rally

August 27,2015

We're Back.

H.E.A.T.'s 2015 Club Fair display

Bryant Hornet Engineering is back on campus and ready to make the 2015-2016 school year our biggest one yet. Last year was exceptional to say the least, with huge projects and unprecedented wins; so topping that is going to be a challenge, but this year's crew is up to it. H.E.A.T. has been meeting over the first two weeks of school and have grand plans for new projects unlike anything seen in Arkansas, as well as continuations and improvements on some of our favorites from last year. Stay tuned and, as always, make it happen.

June 20, 2015

UCA IT camp
Recently, BHE students, Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal and Kyle Sadler, attended the UCA IT Camp 2015. Visit our new Summer Opportunities page to see some of the great STEM offerings available to our students through the summer months.

short video Sunny produced during his stay

June 3, 2015 Contest Grand Prize Winners

Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal, our newly elected H.E.A.T. CEO, has been contributing many of H.E.A.T.'s over-the-top projects to the online Maker Mecca -, and this year's duct-tape boat race entry, Polaris, won the grand prize in the site's Duct Tape Challenge. Too cool.

May 31, 2015

2015 H.E.A.T. Awards

The first-ever H.E.A.T. Make It Happen Awards were given to a single H.E.A.T. member for each grade level (9-12) who demonstrated a will and ability to literally make things happen throughout 2014-2015. The winners were -
Freshman - Dhyan Thacker, Sophmore - Joseph Sartini, Junior - Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal, Senior - Christian "Buddy" Williams

Second, the ultimate award given to any H.E.A.T. member - the Make It Happen - Career Award. This award is presented to someone who essentially won the Make It Happen award for every grade level throughout a full career with H.E.A.T. and, in this case, was critical in the very founding and earliest successes of our organization - Ryan West

highlight video - by Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal

Special thanks to Timberline Adventure Park for hosting the end-of-year party and awards.

May 25, 2015

2015-2016 H.E.A.T. Officers Elected

Senior Ryan West addresses H.E.A.T. members on election day
H.E.A.T. has held its first formal elections to choose officers for the 2015-2016 school year. The elected officials have all proven themselves to be major contributors to our organization in the past and will now lead us to bigger and better in the year to come.

Chief Executive Officer - Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal - 2016 Senior
Chief Communications Officer - Nick Gatlin - 2016 Senior
Chief Operations Officer - Sarah Anderson - 2016 Senior
Chief Financial Officer - Kaitlyn Baldwin - 2017 Senior

May 19, 2015

First Year of Hornet Engineering at Bryant Elementary

This is a quick look at some of the amazing STEM studies that have been happening at Bryant Elementary. Here, you can see a first grade group studying principles of sound travel in a dynamic and exploratory manner. Using the PLTW Launch curriculum, students not only learn about science and mathematic principles, but learn about them through real-world problem solving. Too cool.

May 11, 2015

Summer Opportunities
Visit our new Summer Opportunities 2015 page to see some of the great STEM offerings available to our students through the summer months.

a peek at UofA's Engineering Girl Camp

May 7, 2015

2016 VEX Robotics Games

April 28, 2015

Aether II Launch Scheduled for May 1, 2015

Bryant Hornet Engineering is preparing for their second venture into near-space with the launch of Aether II.

The now annual near-space experiment launched by Bryant Hornet Engineering is a project taken on by Bryant High School's Aerospace Engineering class (a Project Lead the Way - Pathway to Engineering course).

The Aether II capsule is expected to approach or even exceed 100,000 feet on its flight, capturing photos and video of black space, curvature of our planet, and a thin ring of blue atmosphere. Other on board equipment will allow for real-time tracking throughout the flight as well as collecting data about near-space (temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, etc...).

The Aether I launch of 2014, while successful, did experience some complications and tech glitches (largely in its real-time tracking systems) that have been addressed in the totally new and redesigned Aether II capsule.

The Aether II capsule also incorporates several brand new features, such as an up-firing GoPro mount (allowing us to watch the balloon expand/burst against black space and observe the operation of our recovery systems), a back-up tracking system that operates over GSM networks, and additional equipment that should aid in locating the capsule in crops/vegetation of late spring.

The Aether II launch is scheduled for 1:00PM, May 1, 2015 from the Bryant High School football field. Classes are more than welcome to come watch the launch.

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

Much of the funding for this year's project was provided through grants from the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium. We're greatly appreciative of their support in giving students such a remarkable opportunity to explore the science of our planet and beyond.

April 23, 2015

Bryant Middle School H.E.A.T. World Championship Experience

a look at the middle school team's first visit to the VEX World Championship

April 19, 2015

18 Feet of Spinning Awesome

a look at one of the biggest projects ever tackled by BHE

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