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Nov 4, 2015

TSA Leadership Conference

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

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

Oct 30, 2015

Hornet Engineering (BMS) Studys the JWST

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

Oct 28, 2015

Perry Initiative

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

Girls, apply HERE.

Oct 21, 2015

Homecoming Billboard 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 19, 2015

Duct Tape Boat - Sunny Edition

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

Oct 14, 2015


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

Sept 26, 2015


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

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

Good times were had.

Sept 4, 2015

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

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

the "spirit series" cannons are our most refined yet

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

August 27,2015

We're Back.

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

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

June 20, 2015

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

short video Sunny produced during his stay

June 3, 2015 Contest Grand Prize Winners

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

May 31, 2015

2015 H.E.A.T. Awards

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

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

highlight video - by Harshdeep "Sunny" Uppal

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

May 25, 2015

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

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

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

May 19, 2015

First Year of Hornet Engineering at Bryant Elementary

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

May 11, 2015

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

a peek at UofA's Engineering Girl Camp

May 7, 2015

2016 VEX Robotics Games

April 28, 2015

Aether II Launch Scheduled for May 1, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 23, 2015

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

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

April 19, 2015

18 Feet of Spinning Awesome

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

April 18, 2015

2015 World Championship Award

High School's World Championship Energy Award displayed with this season's awards

For the third year in a row, Bryant Hornet Engineering has represented Arkansas on the international stage at the VEX Robotics World Championship. This year, Hornet Engineering sent an unprecedented three teams to Louisville, KY to fight it out in the largest educational robotics event on the planet... ever. Two Bryant High School teams (5691B and 5691W) and one middle school team (1338B) competed against the best in the world and made their presence known, winning Energy Awards in high school and middle school divisions. These two awards are the first international robotics awards to come home to Arkansas (to our knowledge).

the BMS team poses with their division Energy Award at the VEX Robotics World Championship

World Championship teams are the first to see next season's game, and our students are more than eager to get started on next year's challenge and improve upon this year's strong performance.

Make it happen.

April 15, 2015

Hornet Engineering Arrives at the VEX World Championship

The Arkansas State Champions have arrived in Louisville, KY to compete on the world stage. The new venue is HUGE! Look at this place. The team is settling in and eager to begin qualification rounds. Stay tuned for more updates. Video produced by Nick Gatlin.

Bryant High School and Bryant Middle School teams

April 8, 2015

Hornet Engineering Drone Program

Hornet Engineering's DJI Inspire 1 - "Zephyr"

In the fall, BHE acquired its first "drone," a DJI Phantom II quadrocopter. It has become only more clear that unmanned aerial systems are a becoming a major technology in our modern world. Our students are beginning studies that will keep them on the forefront of this emerging field. Since that first acquisition, the department has added a much more capable DJI Inspire 1 and assembled a 3DR Y6 six-rotor craft. Students are excited and cool things will be happening.

BHE's DJI Phantom II                                                   BHE's 3DR Y6

April 7, 2015

Bryant Hornet Engineering (BMS) Visits Garver

Earlier this spring, our PLTW Gateway to Techonology students visited Garver's office in North Little Rock. It was a great opportunity for these students to see a variety of engineering disciplines at work. Garver has been a long-time supporter of our program at Bryant Middle School and we greatly appreciate their help in making these opportunities available for our students.

April 3, 2015

Hornet Engineering Robotics Featured in Prospective Online

Read the interview with BHE's Christian "Buddy" Williams HERE.

March 19, 2015

Introducing the Hornet Engineering Career Series

Career Series - Episode 1 - Architecture

Bryant Hornet Engineering is proud to announce and share its first career series episode. In this episode, Amanda Sturgell, an architect intern with Polk Stanley Wilcox of Little Rock and Bryant graduate, speaks to a Civil Engineering and Architecture class about her field and experiences.

We always appreciate having guest speakers in to share with our students, but all-too-often, schedules will only permit them to speak to a class or two. This video series is our proposed solution to this problem. By filming short interview segments with our guests answering questions posed by our students, all of our students can benefit from the visit. We hope to eventually have a full library of such segments, giving students insight into STEM careers in and around central Arkansas.

March 18, 2015

Aether II Passes Initial Testing
peeks inside the new Aether II near-space capsule

Initial testing of systems aboard the 2015 Aether II capsule have the department buzzing. The APRS unit sent out its first pings, and the flight computer logged position data as expected. Tests were conducted with the capsule closed (as a Faraday effect inherent to Aether I's design disabled all tracking of last year's capsule). Aether II is substantially more advanced and better equipped than its predecessor.

As this project is very dependent on weather, the launch date has been pushed back until after Spring Break, in hopes of more accommodating winds. This will also give the team more time to build hype around the project, in our district as well as our community.

March 17, 2015

Automated Vehicle Course 2015

The final robotics/coding/automation project in our Principles of Engineering course is the construction and programming of a vehicle to navigate a course. Above is the course for this year's classes. Vehicles must set off at the push of button, navigating the course using sensors and accompanying programming. It's a fun way for our students to learn these critical principles. Stay tuned for this year's results.

March 16, 2015

Bryant Hornet Engineering State Championship Video

Sorry it's late, but it's been pretty crazy around here.

March 11, 2015

Bryant Hornet Engineering Instructors Recognized

At the State Project Lead the Way Conference held in Russellville, AR, two of our instructors were recognized with Outstanding PLTW Teacher Awards. Jason Price (Bryant Middle School) was honored as the state's Outstanding GTT Teacher (Gateway to Technology), while John Williams (Bryant High School) was recognized as the state's Outstanding Engineering Teacher. Both Price and Williams presented in break-out sessions at the conference, sharing strategies and ideas that have made Bryant Hornet Engineering into the remarkable PLTW program it has become. It was another great day to be a Bryant Hornet.

March 9, 2015

Hornet Engineering Teams Up with BHS A/V Tech & Film

Bryant Soccer girls strike a pose as BHE's Inspire drone flies above
In one of our first collaborations with the A/V Tech department at Bryant High School, Bryant Hornet Engineering provided close support aerial video from our latest drone - a DJI Inspire 1. James Paul, the A/V Tech program's visionary leader, is a great partner and we look forward to more collaborations of this nature in the near future.
Watch the Boys Soccer Vid and Girls Soccer Vid at these links.

March 7, 2015

Bryant Hornet Engineering - 2015 State Champions

Bryant Hornet Engineering teams celebrate unprecedented win

Saturday, Bryant Hornet Engineering carried five teams (three high school and two middle school) to the 2015 VEX Robotics State Championship. The event was bigger than ever with 45 teams and the strongest competition yet seen in Arkansas.

All BHE teams performed well throughout qualification rounds, with BHS team 5691B landing the number one spot. 5691B then chose fellow high school team, 5691W, and BMS team 1338B as its alliance partners. The three Bryant teams then fought their way through the elimination bracket, setting new state scoring records in the process. Ultimately, Bryant Hornet Engineering landed on top - winning three Tournament Champion Awards.

In addition to the Tournament Champion Awards, BHS team 5691B won the Design Award and conquered all in the Robot Skills Challenge, setting yet another state record. BMS team 1338G brought home the Judges Award.

This was the biggest win yet for Bryant Hornet Engineering, and clears the way for Bryant to represent Arkansas at the VEX Robotics World Championship for the third year in a row. These students have clearly learned how to "make it happen."

Arkansas record-breaking 80-point elminiation match

Feb 25, 2015

VEX World Championship Online Challenge Finalists

For the first time in the team's history, Bryant Hornet Engineering has entered the VEX Robotics World Championship Online Challenges and has been elected as a finalist in three categories!
(See the full list of finalists for all categories HERE.)

Feb 21, 2015

Monticello VEX Tournament
Hosted by the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Saturday's tournament landed perfectly in a window of manageable weather and everyone who made it had a great time. Bryant Hornet Engineering showed up with a very small crew and a single robot wearing 5691X plates(qualifying the team for the Arkansas State Championship). The recently/hastily modified robot went undefeated through qualification rounds as well as elimination rounds, winning Tournament Champion and Team Organization/Coordination awards. The upgraded robot and small crew also managed to land a new Arkansas record in the Robot Skills event.
Congratulations to all the teams that competed and a special thank you goes out to the hosts of this great event.

Feb 12, 2015

Tower Survives SSA1000

Jordan McDonald, Madison Schrader, Christian Herron, Dillon Daniels, and Jimbo Seale stand proud with their tower in front of the defeated machine

This has never happened in a Hornet Engineering POE class - a tower built with minimal material) took the maximum load from the Structural Stress Analyzer 1000 and survived. This 1.95 ounce balsa tower withstood a load of 1000+ pounds. BHE students in POE classes have constructed towers while studying statics over the last couple years. Each class has looked to work of previous classes to analyze what worked and didn't work (engineering, yes?). The first class maxed out at ~200 pounds, the second at 895 pounds, and now the machine has been pushed to its limit. Looks like a new challenge will be in order.

Feb 3, 2015


Jason Price teaches PLTW Gateway to Technology (GTT) courses at Bryant Middle School. In this video he discusses why STEM (Science Technology Mathematics & Engineering) education is important, and how PLTW curriculum and training has allowed him to teach STEM in such a dynamic fashion at BMS.

Side note: This is our second video filmed in the now operational BHE Studios.

Jan 31, 2015

Hornet Engineering Students Take Off... Again.

Our second year of Aerospace Engineering has been a good one so far. After completing studies in the physics of flight, mechanics of flight, aircraft control, instrumentation, navigation, and spending time on flight simulators, the next natural step is getting these exceptional students in real aircraft.

Thirteen Hornet Engineering Aerospace students climbed aboard a few Cessna 172s on an overcast Saturday and got real flight time over Little Rock, Lake Maumelle, and Saline County. Each student spent a little over an hour on board and roughly a half-hour at the yoke with a certified Central Flying Service flight instructor.

The students had great experiences. Several had never been on a airplane; and their first time aboard, they were hands-on-yoke for takeoff. Too awesome.

We are extremely grateful for the great crew at Central Flying Service Little Rock for working with our students and making this happen a second year in a row. This has become a big part of our course and is as real-world an experience as we could ask for.

Jan 29, 2015

Welcome to Bryant Elementary

Heather Pitman has been leading the first year Hornet Engineering and PLTW charge at Bryant Elementary this year. Awesome things are happening here. In this video, you'll see a group of our high school engineering students talking with their elementary counterparts about various projects they've gotten into at the high school level.

All of these students are pumped about what Bryant Hornet Engineering is up to (at all grade levels). You'll also see examples of VEX IQ robots constructed by this class. Who wouldn't have loved a class like this in elementary school?

Jan 27, 2015

Course Info - From Engineering Students

We don't often get video of our students really talking to the camera, so here it is. It's really not bad for a bunch of high school students in one of our Engineering Center's closets.

Check out the construction of the BHE Studio Set (featured in this video) HERE.

Jan 24, 2015

BHE Hosts VEX Competition

We didn't get snowed out this year! Bryant Hornet Engineering hosted 25 teams at its first VEX Robotics Tournament Saturday morning. Jason Price (BMS) did great work in organizing the event and everyone had a great time. BHE teams performed well, with 5691B winning Tournament Champion, and Design awards. Bryant Middle School's 1338G finished as a finalist in elimination rounds, only beaten out by another Bryant team. Great work! A special thank you goes out to everyone who volunteered as referees, judges, concessions, and the like! Thank you!

Jan 20, 2015

Bryant to Host VEX Robotics Competition - Jan 24, 2014

Let's try this again... We were snowed out last year. We're hoping for better weather this year.

BHE is looking forward to hosting all visiting teams. It's going to be a fun day of competition. Concessions will be available on site. More info available HERE.
For directions to the Bryant Middle School gym, click HERE.

Jan 13, 2015

2015 VEX Robotics Mini-Site Opens for Business
Team 5691X - Bryant Hornet Engineering - Skunk Works Division has entered several of the VEX Robotics World Championship's Online Challenges in hopes of snagging a spot at the 2015 World Championship. You can visit the mini-site HERE.

Jan 12, 2015

Fall 2014 in Review

It's been a big year so far... and it's only going to get bigger.

Dec 18, 2014

Bryant Middle School - Second Year Smash Hit

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

Dec 10, 2014

Welcome to Paron Elementary

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

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

Dec 6, 2014

Hornet Engineering Hits Texas

Hornet Engineering's first Create Award

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

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

Nov 21, 2014

Bryant Hornet Engineering Receives Second Arkansas Space Consortium Grant

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

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

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

Nov 20, 2014

Welcome to Bethel Middle School

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 18, 2014

BMS Engineering Visits Garver Engineering Headquarters

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

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

Nov 11, 2014

Veteran's Day Special

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

Nov 7-8, 2014

Architectural Tours and Excellence Award Winners

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

BHS and BMS robotics teams celebrate a victory

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

Nov 5, 2014

Club T-Shirts!

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

Oct 28, 2014

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

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

Oct 21, 2014

Air Force Association Officers Visit Hornet Engineering

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

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

Oct 20, 2014

Paron Elementary Engineering Students Visit Hornet Engineering Center

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

Oct 17, 2014

BHE Receives $750,000 Donation from Airbus

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

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

Photo Courtesy of Bryant High School Journalism

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

Oct 10, 2014

Bryant Hornet Engineering Begins "Drone" Studies

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

Oct 2, 2014

Bryant Hornet Engineering Receives Arkansas Space Consortium Grant

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

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

Sep 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

Sep 27, 2014

Youth Division Champions and Award Winners

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

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

Sep 5, 2014

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

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

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.

Feb 25, 2014

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

Feb 24, 2014

POE 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Feb 8, 2014

2014 BHE VEX Tourney

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

Feb 3, 2014

Students Take on the 2014 Automated Vehicle Course

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

Jan 14, 2014

2014 POE Automated Vehicle Course Unveiled

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

Jan 13, 2014

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

Jan 3, 2014

Hornet Engineering Aeronautics and Space Program Takes Off

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

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

Dec 19, 2013

The Mk II Compact Has Arrived

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

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

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

Dec 13, 2013

Bryant Middle School VEX Team Out and About

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

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

Read the full write-up from Jason Price HERE.

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

Dec 10, 2013

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

Dec 9, 2013

2014 VEX Robotics Competition Season Begins

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

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

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

Nov 11, 2013

"Bumperbots" Invade Building #10

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

Nov 2, 2013

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

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

Nov 1, 2013

VEX is Coming to Bryant

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

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

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

October 29, 2013

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

October 25, 2015

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

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

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

Sept 27, 2013

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

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

Sept 21, 2013

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

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

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

Sept 20, 2013

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

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

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

See more here.

Sept 18, 2013

BHE Racing Takes to the Water

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

See more here.

Sept 15, 2013

2013 CEA Raises the Bar

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

See more here.

Sept 9, 2013

Bringing the H.E.A.T.

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

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

August 18,2013

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

May 24, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Photos coming soon?

April 21, 2013
Hornet Engineering - Global Competitors

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

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

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

April 19, 2013
Second Day of World Championship Competition

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

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

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

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

April 18, 2013

First Day in Anaheim!

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

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

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

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

April 17, 2013

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

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

April 12, 2013

The BHE Robotics Team will be leaving Wednesday (April 17th) for Anaheim, California to participate in the VEX Robotics World Championship. The team will be playing alongside teams from over 20 countries and all across the United States. The BHE team is excited to the be the first ever to represent Arkansas in this remarkable event.
Little Rock Fox and NBC news stations will be conducting satellite interviews with team members Friday morning (more details on that soon).

Bryant Hornet Engineering is still looking for sponsors (private or corporate) to aid in meeting fundraising goals. See our Sponsorship Information to discover how you and/or your company can help.

April 10, 2013

Hat Day!
On April 12, 2013, Bryant Hornet Engineering will be holding a "Hat Day" to further fund our VEX World Championship trip to Anaheim, CA (April 17-21). Students paying $1.00 will receive a sticker, permitting them to wear a hat on campus. These can be purchased Friday morning in the foyer of Building #10.

A panel of engineering students will be on the lookout for the wildest hat worn. The craziest will win a $10 iTunes gift card. Good luck and enjoy!

April 8, 2013

...that is all.

April 3, 2013
McClelland Consulting Engineers Visit Bryant Hornet Engineering Students

We always enjoy having professionals from the local engineering community interact with our students. Our visiting engineers from McClelland, Adam Osweiller and Alex Smith, discussed careers in general civil and structural engineering fields. It was an enlightening and exciting experience for our students. Thank you!

April 2, 2013
BHE Robotics Team fundraiser at Chili's Tonight!
Come support Hornet Engineering at Chili's (in Bryant) Tuesday night by presenting one of these flyers as you are paying your bill. 10% of proceeds will go to BHE to help fund our trip to the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, CA.
Download the flyer here!

March 27, 2013

Bryant Engineering... Reinvented.

See more of the story under the "Racing" tab on the main menu bar.

March 26, 2013

update: Congratulations to Kaleb Wheeler for being the first winner in the BHE QR Code Scavenger Hunt! Kaleb found a silver prize-winning QR code and, after reciting the engineering department's course offerings, was awarded a $10 iTunes giftcard. Enjoy!

This leaves 2 silvers and 1 gold somewhere in building #10. Keep hunting!

QR Code Scavenger Hunt Begins Today!

Roughly 50 small QR codes have been scattered around building #10 and the surrounding area. When scanned, students will be directed to the BHE webpage and will discover whether or not they have won one of the 3 silver prizes ($10 iTunes giftcard) or the coveted gold prize ($25 iTunes giftcard). Students, scan away!

Remember, students must bring the winning the QR code to building #22 and see Mr. Williams to collect their prizes. Winners must also be able to recite the 6 courses offered by our department (these can be found on our website) in order to recieve a griftcard.

Students should search quickly, as the game will be over at 3:30 Wednesday afternoon (or when all prizes have been claimed).

March 11, 2013
BHE Robotics Team Recognized at Bryant School Board Meeting

The BHE robotics team was awarded with certificates of recognition after a well recieved demonstration of Romulus and Remus (the robots).

BHE Logos Mounted on Building #22

Building #22 just recieved the first in a series of upgades in an attempt to give the 38 year-old building a face-lift. BHE is determined to make this old building a proud home to world class pre-engineering students.

March 8, 2013
Bryant Engineering Students Lay Siege to Building #10

BHE trebuchet

BHE torsion catapult

BHE students pulled their trebuchet and torsion catapult from the arsenal for a display Friday afternoon, allowing other Bryant students to enjoy the war machines in peace time. The projectile launchers were originally constructed at the request of the BHS Student Senate for use in their midieval spirit day games prior to Homecoming 2012. They probably weren't anticipating devices of this scale, however. Both seige machines have made appearances at BHS Football games, slinging t-shirts and assorted goodies into the crowd.

February 23, 2013

BHE Wins VEX Robotics Excellence Award at AR's First Regional Competition

VEX Robotics Excellence Award describes this award as follows:
"This is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition. The recipient of this award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a well-rounded VEX robotics program. This team excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work and teamwork. As a strong contender in numerous award categories, this team deserves to be recognized for building a quality robot and a 'team' committed to quality in everything that they do."