2022 STEM Adventures Registration

Sign up to praticipate in BEST Robotics and/or take the Marine ROV Engineering course.

2022 GEARS BEST Robotics Team

Join with middle and high school students to compete in the 2022 BEST Robotics Competition. Students may participate in a multitude of ways based on their interests to include working on:
- Robot Design & Construction
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting
- 3-D Printing / CNC Carving
- Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
- Programming
- Web Page Design & Implementation
- Scheduling & Budgeting
- Technical Writing & Speaking
- Videography & Photography
- PowerPoint Presentation Design
- Marketing Booth Design & Construction
- Button & T-shirt Design
- and much more.

For homeschool students, depending on participation level, parents may award a half credit towards High School graduation as an Engineering elective.

The BEST Robotics program provides students with a real-world engineering experience that incorporates the practical application of math and science. It also:
– Prepares students to be technologically literate and thus better prepared for college or the workforce
– Helps students develop leadership, project management, teamwork, and organizational skills
– Develops students’ confidence through self-directed learning, decision-making, abstract thinking, and problem-solving

All of this is accomplished through a simulation of a real world business and engineering environment which provides an opportunity for students to learn engineering, science, technology, and team concepts, especially the engineering process, in a fun and exciting competition which encourages students in STEM pursuits.

Tentative Schedule:
– Tuesday, 17 May 2022 @ 3:30 Joint BEST Team/ ROV Course Kickoff
– Jun - Aug 2022: Bi-weekly pre-competition meetings (approximately 5)
– Early September: BEST Kickoff at Alabama State University
– Meetings Tue, Thur, Fri, & Sat as necessary during the 8-week competition
– Saturday early November: Montgomery BEST Robotics Competition Game Day
– Sat & Sun, Early Dec: South’s Best Championship (if advancing)

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2022 Marine Engineering Course

Complete a full year high school course on underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) engineering. Compete in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) ROV Competition at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Course modules include hands on activities and cover the following topics from the included textbook, Underwater Robotics: Science, Design, & Fabrication (one per family included in course fee):
1. Types, History, & Uses of Underwater Vehicles
2. Design Challenges and a Spiral Engineering Methodology
3. Water Properties, Movement & Biology
4. Structure Performance Criteria, Design & Materials
5. Pressure Hull Forces, Calculations, & Construction
6. Buoyancy, Stability, & Ballast: Science & Design
7. Thrust, Electric Motors, & Propellers for Maneuvering
8. Energy, Power, & Electric Circuit Design for Power Systems
9. Microcontrollers & Programming for Control & Navigation
10. Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Manipulators, & Payloads
11. Planning, Mobilization, and ROV Mission Operations
12. Design & Construct an Underwater ROV

Students receive a full year science credit towards High School graduation in Marine Science and Engineering. In addition, depending on participation level, parents may award a additional half credit towards High School graduation as an Engineering elective.

The Marine ROV Engineering course and associated MATE ROV Robotics competition provides students all the benefits of the BEST robotics program above. The course provides students a guided class experience focusing on the science and engineering required for marine environments and a self-directed exciting competition experience that reinforces the STEM concepts learned in class. As with BEST, this is accomplished through a simulated real world business and engineering environment during the spring semester.

Tentative Schedule:
– Tuesday, 17 May 2022 @ 3:30 Joint BEST Team/ ROV Course Kickoff
– Jun - Aug 2022: A few optional joint safety & planning meetings
– Fall: 2 hr. weekly classes (days determined by student schedules)
– Spring: Weekly or more meetings to design & build the ROV
– Friday - Sunday, Late April 2023: MATE Competition at Dauphin Island Sea Lab

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BEST Robotics

$180

$160 for returning students
$20 off for each additional sibling
$20 off for Early Bird
+ minimum $150 per student fundraising

  • Early Bird discount ends July 1, 2022
  • Fundraising due by July 31, 2022
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Marine ROV Engineering

$490

includes textbook
$60 discount for siblings
$20 off for Early Bird
+ minimum $150 per student fundraising

  • Early Bird discount ends July 1, 2022
  • Fundraising due by July 31, 2022
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Participate in Both and Save

$610

$590 for prior GEARS Team Members
$80 discount for siblings
$40 off for Early Bird
+ minimum $250 per student fundraising

  • Early Bird discount ends July 1, 2022
  • Fundraising due by July 31, 2022
Register now

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