Mar 15, 2017
Technology Student Association State Conference
Hornet Engineering's TSA Chapter enjoys the day's many wins.
As a Career Tech Education program, our engineering department is required to participate in a state Career Tech Student Organization. Hornet Engineering has fulfilled this requirement with membership in TSA - a quarter-million student, nation-wide STEM student organization. Our state conference consisted largely of competitive events where Hornet Engineering took on the top TSA teams from all over the state in roughly a dozen events, from CO2 Dragsters and VEX Robotics, to Extemporaneous Speech and Transportation Design.
Our students also ran for state office. As we've reported on our site in the past, through the 2016-2017 school year, Hornet Engineering held 3 of 5 state offices. We're glad to report that we now hold 5 of 6 state offices for the 2017-2018 school year. Big day.
Hornet Engineering Wins
- CO2 Dragster - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
- VEX Robotics - 1st, 2nd
- Extemporaneous Speech - 1st
- Problem Solving - 2nd
- Trigonometry Challenge - 2nd
- Technology Bowl - 1st, 2nd
- Transportation Modeling - 1st
- Promotional Design - 3rd
- Catapult Design - 2nd
- 2017 Best Overall Team Award
Mar 13, 2017
H.E.A.T. Out and About
BHS H.E.A.T. members share with students at Davis Elementary
Bryant Hornet Engineering is a multi-campus department. We have programs not only at the high school, but at Bryant Middle, Bethel Middle, Bryant Elementary, and Collegeville Elementary. We understand that the future of our program, and the Bryant School District will depend on exciting and preparing these elementary students for STEM studies. Research has widely shown that students typically decide if they're "good at" or "like" math and science somewhere between 3-6th grade. This is where we lose so many students. This is where we lose the girls. This is where we lose much of our diversity.
To fight back, we try to take every opportunity to tell elementary students about our program, the fun we have, and importance of science and math in their future. We genuinely believe that inspiring students early is the key to building the best STEM program in the state. In the coming year(s), we will be working to improve our connection at the elementary levels and offer students more and more exposure to the wonders and opportunities of STEM fields.
Mar 7, 2017
Athena Featured on Channel 4 - Arkansas Matters
the Athena girls chatting with the camera
Just before their State Championship, the Athena girls chatted with Channel 4 about Athena and what it means to be an all-girl robotics team. It's a really great clip, and you should check it out HERE.
Mar 6, 2017
wrapping up a crazy day
No matter how strong a season we have, State is always a tough day. Phobos, Athena, and Deimos all went into the ATU arena ready to fight it out with the top 33 of Arkansas' 111 VRC teams.
The day opened with a disappointing, questionable, and contested loss for Phobos; only his 3rd in Arkansas, this certainly cast a shadow over the rest of the day. Athena found herself in one of the toughest schedules of the day, but survived as the only undefeated, 6-0 machine at the end of qualifying rounds. Deimos continued his "high-hanging" streak, winning all but one of his qualifying matches.
Alliance selection landed all three BHS teams in the top two seeds - Athena and Phobos in the number one spot, while Deimos teamed up with a number two Har-Ber team. The two alliances fought through their respective brackets to land each of them in the finals, head-to-head. Along the way, Phobos racked up his 100th match win of the season. This is unprecedented for an Arkansas bot, and a truly remarkable feat. Both BHS alliances made it to the finals, ensuring World Championship qualification for all three BHS teams.
In the finals, Phobos and Athena both experienced crippling mechanical failures. Phobos snapped a main drive axle, leaving him immobilized, and Athena had an intake roller pulled off by an opposing robot, rendering her unable to pick up game objects. As a result, the number one alliance lost the first match, but this was a win for BHS's Deimos across the field. All good. Athena replaced her intake roller and played the second match, while her brother, Phobos, was repaired. Whatever hard luck Phobos found was transferred to Athena; her drive failed less than half-way through the second match, leaving her second partner to fend for himself. The Phobos-Athena ultimate alliance lost finals due to some seriously bad luck.
However, there were few sore feelings. Deimos finished as a Tournament Champion, and all of our BHS teams celebrated with him. It was a unexpected underdog win, and satisfactory ending to a long, tough day.
BHS State Championship Wins
- Tournament Champion (5691B - Deimos)
- Design Award (5691X - Athena)
- Skills Champion (5691W - Phobos)
- Tournament Finalist (5691W - Phobos)
- Tournament Finalist (5691X - Athena)
- Number One Qualifier (5691X - Athena)
BHS 2017 Season Summary
- Tournament Champions - 11
- Excellence Awards - 6
- Design Awards - 3
- Judges Awards - 2
- Skills Champions - 6
- Number One Qualifiers - 7
- Tournament Finalists - 7
- World Championship Online Challenge - 2nd Place (x1)
Mar 4, 2017
2017 VEX Robotics State Championship
State Champions breathe easy - VEX World Championship bound.
We'll tell you more later... right now, we're headed for bed. Made it happen.
Mar 3, 2017
International VEX Robotics Online Challenge Runner-Up!
Hornet Engineering's 2nd place winning entry
The FUTURE Foundation's Robot Construction Challenge is part of the 2017 VEX World Championship Online Challenges. The task - "Design a robot that can provide companionship, assist with simple tasks, and could be integrated into a home environment of the future." A small group of Hornet Engineers responded with the design and construction of J33V3S. This a big accomplishment for an Arkansas team in competition with teams from all over the planet.
While 2nd doesn't win a spot at Worlds for our teams, it does come with a $500 VEX-credit prize. Hornet Engineering will be fighting for the right to represent Arkansas in the World Championship at tomorrow's State Tournament. Make it happen.
Feb 25, 2017
Bryant Hits the North West Arkansas Regional VEX Tournament
Bryant wrapped up a perfect regular season in Bentonville.
BHS H.E.A.T. put in a long Saturday, travelling to and from Bentonville High School, wrapping up an undefeated run through the regular season. Phobos came into the competition with a score to settle, finishing qualification rounds as the number one qualifier, winning the tournament, repeating a Skills Champion win, and snagging his fourth Excellence Award.
Deimos was a whole new machine, finishing third in skills, winning his second Tournament Champion Award (allied with Phobos) and executing 8 flawless "high-hangs" throughout the competition - every match Deimos played. Athena had a good day, winning every match until meeting Phobos and Deimos in the finals.
All three teams will compete in the State Championship on March 4th, having demonstrated themselves to be three of the top 'bots in the state. Make it Happen.
Feb 24, 2017
Summer Opportunities 2017
Check out our Summer Opportunities page for info on summer camps and other opportunities around the state.
Keep eyes open for a possible robotics camp to be hosted by Bryant Hornet Engineering. We're working on it.
Feb 20, 2017
Aether III Video Special
a look at our most successful Aether mission to date
Aether III also carried along a passenger - VEX Robotics' "Sammy"
Feb, 18, 2017
Athena Has Her Day
Athena's drive team
The girls have done it. Team Athena has won their first tournament; edging out the fearsome, undefeated Phobos for a win in the finals at the Monticello Challenge Regional VEX Tournament and snatching their second Excellence Award along the way.
It was a big weekend for other Bryant teams as well, with BMS team 1338G joining Athena as Tournament Champions, BMS team 1338B winning MS Excellence, and Phobos again securing Skills Champion and another Design Award to add to the scorecard.
Feb, 11 2017
Byant Sweeps at UAM
Hornet Engineering celebrates another win.
Saturday, Hornet Engineering carried five teams (3 BHS, 2 BMS) to UAM for a 30+ team robotics bout. This kicked off four straight weekends of big tournaments, ultimately culminating at the State Championship on March 4th.
Both Athena and Deimos have made great strides since their appearances at the Bryant competition a couple weeks ago. Deimos demonstrated a new hanging capability, while Athena established herself as one of the top robots in the state, keeping up with her brother, Phobos, and posing a very real threat to his record.
BHS - Tournament Champion (Phobos), Tournament Champion (Deimos), Excellence Award (Athena), Judges Award (Phobos), Tournament Finalist (Athena)
BMS - MS Excellence (1338G), Design Award (1338G), Skills Champion (1338B)
Feb 3, 2017
Aether III Success!
our YouTube live-stream of the launch
Our third stab at the edge of space was our greatest success yet. Aether III was released at 1:00, traveled to an ultimate altitude of 107,820', hit horizontal speeds in excess of 120mph, observed temperatures below -60 degrees Fahrenheit, and covered a straight-line distance of 79 miles in just under two hours. It was a crazy ride.
footage samples from Aether III's downfiring GoPro
Tracking worked beautifully, allowing students, parents and friends throughout the school district and beyond to track Aether III in real-time online. The primary APRS unit sent signals just seconds after release and continued to reliably track until ~2,000' on its re-entry. From this point, the secondary, satellite-based-communication system allowed the recovery team to drive within 50' of the safely landed capsule.
We'll soon be sharing more information about the latest of our Aether missions, but until then, feel welcome to the data collected by Aether III 's flight computer! We'd love to hear how you put it to use in your classrooms!
Aether III Flight Data
Feb 2, 2017
Hornet Engineering TSA Officers Meet Governor
Three of five TSA State Officers are Hornet Engineering girls.
Technology Student Association is a nation-wide Career Tech Student Organization specializing in STEM studies. Hornet Engineering naturally has a strong presence in the organization, holding several officer positions - Katlee Freasier (Vice-President), Stuti Chatterjee (Secretary and Reporter), and Kaitlyn Baldwin (Sargent at Arms). The state officers were invited to an event at the State Capitol where they were introduced to Governor Asa Hutchinson. The girls had prepared a special gift for the Governor - a fully customized H.E.A.T. Halo embossed "ASA" with an Arkansas Flag on the center cap. He spun the Halo, and laughed, "That's pretty cool!"
Jan 31, 2017
Aether III Launch Date is Set!
Aether III has clearance for launch (weather permitting) this Friday, February 3 at 1:00 in the afternoon. Final preparations are being made to ensure that this, our third go at the edge of space, is a successful mission. "Everything's looking good," said the mission's camera specialist. "This is going to be too cool."
Aether III will have a view unlike any vehicle to date, and to better our chances of recovery, carries an updated APRS unit and a secondary, totally independent, satellite-based tracking system.
Spectators are welcome to watch liftoff (on the field behind the Hornet Engineering Center) and encouraged to watch the vehicle's progress across Arkansas and on to 100,000' by visiting www.aprs.fi and watching callsign KF5OUQ. Godspeed, Aether III.
Jan 28, 2017
Hornet Engineering Hosts VEX Tournament
Athena and Phobos battle it out in the finals.
Saturday, thirty-nine VEX Robotics teams met at the Bryant Middle School gym for the largest event of the season thus far. Teams came from all over Arkansas to compete for awards, the win, and State Tournament qualifications.
Hornet Engineering fielded seven teams total - 3 BHS, 2 BMS, and 2 BeMS - sending 5 of them through qualification rounds and into the elimination bracket. Our all-girl Athena crew performed quite well in their first outing, spending much of the day in the number one spot and ultimately landing in the first seed alliance alongside a Jonesboro machine and another freshly completed BHS 'bot - Deimos.
Phobos ran one more undefeated day, setting yet another Arkansas state record Skills score along the way; however, a missed autonomous opportunity cost them the number one qualifier spot. The veteran BHS squad allied with another team from Jonesboro and a first-year NEATC unit, landing head-to-head against Athena and Deimos in the finals. Phobos edged out his brother and sister teams for the final win. It was a big day.
Hornet Engineering wins - Tournament Champion (5691W - BHS), Skills Champion (5691W - BHS), MS Excellence (1338B - BMS), Tournament Finalist (5691X, 5691B - BHS)
Jan 25, 2017
H.E.A.T. Halos are Here
Halos are designed and built in house by H.E.A.T.
Without a doubt, the coolest fund-raising endeavor we've ever seen, H.E.A.T. Halos are getting a lot of buzz around the BHS campus and beyond. Based on the internet's "fidget spinner" trend, H.E.A.T. is producing custom designs in house at a great price.
For those who are unfamiliar with the "fidget" movement, these devices are ideal for the pen clickers, pencil tappers, and key ring spinners among us; giving these people a silent and stylish outlet for restless fingers. They can be customized for customers in all sorts of colors, configurations, and cap types, with new designs arriving weekly.
Check out our standard inventory and build your own HERE.
Jan 21, 2016
NELA VEX Tournament
A small crew of H.E.A.T. members rolled into Delhi, LA this weekend for a VEX Robotics Tournament. The team was glad to see friends from earlier in the season again, as well as making new ones. Our team performed well, going undefeated throughout the day and scoring a respectable skills score that landed them a global ranking of 101 (our highest ranking to date and not too shabby out of 7000+ teams worldwide).
Ultimately, the team came home Tournament Champions, Excellence Award winners, Skills Champions, and number 1 qualifiers. Making it happen.
Jan 20, 2017
Aether III Preps for February Launch
Aether III is smaller, lighter, and filled with more advanced tech than its predecessors
The Hornet Engineering Center has been a very busy place this year, with more projects running simultaneously than ever before. Aether III has been in the works since September, but we're just now putting on the finishing touches and beginning to zero in on a launch date. Aether III is expected to be a significant improvement over the first and second attempts in the Aether Project. Aether II was an immensely complex system of older technologies and ultimately experienced what we believe to have been some sort of electrical failure in May of 2015. Aether III's more modern systems have been integrated in such a way as to reduce the likelihood of such failures, while saving weight and simplifying preparations on launch day.
Hornet Engineering's Aerospace course has spearheaded the project with additional support from H.E.A.T. and students are running flight path predictions for a launch in early February. We'll make some noise when we're ready. In the mean-time, check out the Aether mini-site for more information on Aether III and its evolution.
Jan 3, 2017
Support the Athena Girls!
Our new, all-girl robotics team needs some help procuring their own equipment to build and run Athena in upcoming competitions. If you'd like to help out, visit our donorschoose page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 14, 2016
BHS HEAT's first all-girl team is ready to "make it happen."
Bryant's next powerhouse team is going to be run by the women. For the first time, an all-girl crew will build, code, and pilot a 5691 robot in VEX competition. Bryant has had a strong season in Starstruck competition so far, and the girls are ready to make a statement; taking Bryant's "Phobos" platform a step further with an all-new sister, "Athena." Get ready, because these girls are going to bring it.
Dec 6, 2016
Bryant Lighted Christmas Parade
BMS H.E.A.T. and their award-winning parade float
“Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree” was the theme for this year's annual Bryant Lighted Christmas Parade, sponsored by Landers Auto of Saline County, on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. on Reynolds Road in Bryant.
BMS H.E.A.T. constructed a float that featured large and small Christmas trees spinning on a giant record. Christmas rock music of the era pumped from a giant 8x4' jukebox at the front of the float. BMS engineering students dressed in 50's attire and had a great time throughout the trip down Reynolds Road.
Dec 7-8, 2016
PLTW State Conference
All six of Bryant's PLTW teachers (2 BHS, BMS, BeMS, BES, CES) were able to attend this year's two-day conference, held at Pulaski Technical College. Bryant teachers attended and led informative sessions on the latest developments and strategies for delivering the finest possible STEM experience for students K-12. It was a great opportunity to learn, be encouraged, and focus on ways to improve Bryant Hornet Engineering from the ground up. This group of exceptional educators is set and ready to offer students in our district more and ever higher quality STEM opportunities as we beginning planning for next year and the years that follow. Great things are coming.
Bryant received recognition at the conference as one of two Arkansas "PLTW Showcase School" districts for 2016.
Dec 3, 2016
Arkansas State University VEX Tournament
the winning alliance
The state's second regional tournament was held Saturday and hosted by Arkansas State University. Twenty-five teams from around the state competed for State-Tournament qualification spots in a big day of competition. Hornet Engineering entered only one robot (as construction of the second had fallen behind schedule), but still managed to retain a strong presence among competitors, finishing qualifying rounds in the number one spot. An alliance formed with Jonesboro and Sylvan Hills then fought through elimination rounds for the Tournament Champion trophies (pictured above). The H.E.A.T. crew also secured awards for Excellence and holding the top scores in Robot Skills competition. It was a great way to finish out 2016, but there's still a lot of season left in 2017. Make it happen.
Nov 18, 2016
Verizon App Challenge 2016
Hornet Engineering's entry video
We always have a lot going on at H.E.A.T. meets. While we are pretty good about going public with our projects upon completion, there are always multiple projects (often a dozen or more) running simultaneously. A great example is our first entry in the annual Verizon App Challenge. A small team of H.E.A.T. members have been working on this submission for some time, developing their concept, writing their reports, and ultimately spending the last week shooting video for their entry. Lots of of cool things happening here... and often all at once.
Nov 12, 2016
The Arkansas VEX Season Begins
a great start to the season
H.E.A.T. kicked off the Arkansas season in a big way at the first State Championship qualifier, triple-qualifying with our latest beast of a robot - "Phobos". Bryant was represented by two teams from Bryant Middle and two more from Bryant High School among a field of 24 robots from across the state.
The event was a great day of competition, with each team playing 8 qualifying matches on the way to alliance selection and elimination rounds. Bryant High School's "Phobos" (wearing 5691W plates) finished qualifying rounds as the number one qualifier, selecting teams from Har-Ber and Russellville High Schools as alliance partners. After an undefeated run through elimination rounds, Bryant teams accepted additional awards, securing spots for the Arkansas State Championship to be held at Arkansas Tech March 4, 2017.
Great thanks to our hosts for holding such a smooth competition, and we look forward to the remaining season with all of our outstanding Arkansas teams!
BHS wins - Tournament Champion, Excellence Award (HS), Design Award, Number 1 Qualifier
BMS wins - Excellence Award (MS)
Nov 8, 2016
Homecoming Billboard Review 2016
an entirely new level
Each year, Bryant High School clubs participate in a Homecoming Billboard competition, put on by our Student Senate. The boards are to be designed around a central homecoming theme (selected by the Student Senate) and are used to decorate the field and homecoming dance.
Last year, H.E.A.T. produced a revolutionary board, but arrived too late to be judged. This year, the engineering student organization decided to hit this contest harder still, introducing still more crazy to our entry than ever.
This year's theme - "Night at the Premiere - Old Hollywood" with accents of red and gold.
We immediately thought old hollywood sci-fi would really work well for us, incorporating our tech to paint a neo-retro future sci-fi B-movie poster - barrel robots with flashy lights and tubular arms, bold text in wild colors, and attacks from other realms! Done.
We then thought about how far we could push this competition. What could a Homecoming Billboard really be? Why stop at paint on a flat, rectangular sheet of plywood? We can do more.
Our LED matrices were brought back into service with more powerful Raspberry Pi programming, still more layers were added to the board with hard-wired tricolor LED strip backlighting, and we introduced something entirely new - micro-controller based movement.
The objective was to build the most outrageous, thinking-outside-of-the-box board ever seen in this competition. We think we succeeded.
We called on our membership, compiling their skills for a common goal. Dozens of students contributed in big ways, bringing their specialized abilities and learning new ones to bring this wild idea into reality; and on a all-new, much-improved easel we also completed in house.
H.E.A.T. totally changed the game, and came in second.
Nov 5, 2016
Saturday, a small crew of Hornet Engineers rolled into Ridgeland, Mississippi for their first VEX Starstruck competition. It was a great day of new competitors and amazing robots.
Bryant's 'bot, "Phobos" was completed only hours before the competition and struggled with bugs in its first two qualifying rounds. The issue was found and performance greatly improved through the remaining qualifying rounds, landing the crew at the number 9 spot going into elimination rounds. Hornet Engineering teamed up with Mississippi and Louisiana robots, taking a tri-state alliance through the finals to Tournament Champion Awards. Hornet Engineering also brought home our first Judges Award.
We want to express immense thanks to our hosts for a great competition, and we very much enjoyed getting to meet so many new teams. We look forward to seeing you around the circuit again!
Oct 28, 2016
Bryant Middle School Windmill Project
"Each year, I have the students do a project on a real life subject and use the skills they have learned to create the projects. We usually do a space telescope, but this semester we did our projects on windmills. The students were to build a windmill, or design a windmill on Autodesk Inventor. A completed windmill must spin when exposed to moving air (provided by a fan). Blade orientation is important. The kids researched, drew, built, and tested their projects. I filmed the projects to show the turbines in working order and made a small video to demonstrate their results." - Jason Price (Hornet Engineering - Bryant Middle School)
Oct 19, 2016
2016 Homecoming Billboard
We took this year's competition to an entirely new level.
The theme for 2016 homecoming decorations is "Night at the Premiere" with an "old Hollywood" feel. We immediately reached for old-school Hollywood science-fiction, ultimately arriving at our "Attack from Beyond!" design.
This board features similar RGB LED matrix usage to last year, but rather than using multiple, somewhat under-powered Arduinos we used on the previous board, a single Raspberry Pi was utilized, allowing cascading text and images to pass from one panel to the next; very cool. Another new element we've introduced this year was movement - the robot's arms moved independently as film reels on the camera turned, capturing the star robot's motion. Some features were not new to us - multi-layer, cut designs to introduce a sense of depth and RGB LED lighting of the sunset and the robot's polycarbonate "brain case."
H.E.A.T. has made a great time of this annual project by simply asking ourselves, "What can a homecoming board be?" and "How far can we push this?" We feel this is a great indicator of our developing H.E.A.T. culture. Great thanks to the Student Senate and the others who put on this fun competition.
Stay tuned for results!
Sept 27, 2016
Duct Tape Boat Race 2016 - Video
a look at Hornet Engineering's latest work on the water
Sept 24, 2016
Duct Tape Boat Race 2016
H.E.A.T. members celebrate their wins
This is Hornet Engineering's fourth season of Duct Tape Boat racing, and we like to think we've learned a lot. We've developed our boat design significantly and keep building faster and faster craft. The crew took on more work this year than ever, building our fastest boat yet - Fury - and re-wrapping/modifying our original boat - Mamba. The resurrected Mamba 2.0 sported an all new hand-cranked paddle-wheel system and fresh tape in its fourth appearance at this event. Fury is a stripped down, super-lightweight redesign of last year's champion - Triumph. All three boats raced this year.
winners pose with their hard-won ducks
Mamba 2.0 won the Most Creative Award, Triumph won the Youth Division for the second year in a row, and Fury captured the Adult Division in its first outing. It's a great start for Hornet Engineering's Racing Division and another successful project for H.E.A.T. as a whole.
Sept 2, 2016
Salt Bowl 2016 and Mid-Compact MkII Double-Barrel
The latest artillery addition is a beast.
Each year, Hornet Engineering has added to its arsenal of t-shirt (and other ball-game-goody) propelling armaments. In 2012, it was a catapult and trebuchet; in 2013, it was our first gen (Mk I) air cannon, followed closely by Mk II prototypes; in 2014, we released the king of them all - the Mk III "Hornet Howitzer"; in 2015, we built the "Spirit Series" Mk II handhelds; and now in 2016, we've constructed the mid-compact, double-barreled Mk II. This latest addition looks like something pulled from the screen of a video game. With two shortened barrels slung under a forward, top-mounted handle and its over-sized pistol grip with dual triggers, it is certainly a mean-looking thing.
Unfortunately, the cannons weren't welcome at this year's Salt Bowl game. The artillery division made appearances at both the early morning and 1st period pep rallies, delivering t-shirts, cinch sacks, and SWARM towels.
H.E.A.T. Artillery crew sways to the alma mater
Aug 29, 2016
Mamba Restoration Begins
H.E.A.T. members "skin" Mamba for restoration and upgrades
If you've seen pictures or watched videos from the Bryant Fall Fest Ken Palmquist Duct Tape Boat Race over the last few years, you've seen Mamba. This boat has competed in Adult and Youth divisions over the last three years, winning two Youth Division titles and one Most Creative award. After three years, tape has loosened and dried, leaving Mamba a little out of shape. Last year, the boat took on more water than we deemed acceptable; but we hate to retire the original Hornet Engineering vessel just yet, so it's going to be receiving a fresh skin as well as significant, experimental upgrades. Stay tuned for more on this project.
a flashback to Mamba's beginnings
Aug 25, 2016
H.E.A.T. members man our booth at Club Day 2016
H.E.A.T. is back and kicking off the new school year in a big way. This is our biggest Club Fair yet. We brought some of our gear to Building 10, allowing the rest of the student body to get a peek at the crazy we do. Well over a hundred students registered in our system, expressing interest in our ever-growing engineering student organization. The fourth year of H.E.A.T.'s existence is going to be a big one.
Club Day is a great opportunity to share what we do.
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 - another 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.
- 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
- 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 competition.
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
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 http://robotics.bryantschools.org 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 - robotics.bryantschools.org - 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
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
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
instructables.com 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 - instructables.com, 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
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.
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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