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Homeschoolers Win Major Robotics Competition

By Victor Trammell

Two home-school institutions in the Greater  Kansas City Metropolitan Area just won awards at the most recent Frontier Trails BEST competition, which was participated in by numerous children across America.

According to an article posted on the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith’s school website, Metro Homeschool of Blue Springs, Missouri and Johnson Country Home-School of Olathe, Kansas both brought home first-place accolades at the regional BEST child STEM and art skills competition.

The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (UAFS) hosted the Frontier Trails BEST showcase, which was held December 2nd and December 3rd at the Fort Smith Convention Center. “Metro Homeschool of Blue Springs, Mo., was the overall winner of the 38-team Frontier Trails BEST regional robotics competition hosted by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith,” read the December 9th article on the Univeristy of Arkansas-Fort Smith website.

Jason Merritt of Fort Smith, an electronics technology instructor at UAFS and director of Frontier Trails BEST, said the following about the regional competition:

“This was an excellent year for BEST robotics. We saw BEST participation explode throughout the region. Our limit is 36 teams for regionals, but we had to find a way to make room for two more teams due to overflow at the local hub levels.” (

Here is a list of other institutions that won awards at this recent event:

  • Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning of Colorado Springs, Colo., won the first place BEST Founders Award.
  • Athens Bible of Athens, Ala., won the Simulink Design Award and the third place BEST Most Photogenic Robot Award.
  • Ambassadors for Christ of Bentonville, won the third place BEST Most Elegant Robot Award.
  • Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, of Hot Springs, won first place BEST Most Robust Award and BEST Most Photogenic Robot.
  • Byers Middle School, of Denver, Colo., won first place for the BEST Most Elegant Robot and third place in the robot competition.
  • St. Vrain Valley Schools Innovation Center of Longmont, Colo., won the second place BEST Web Page Award.
  • Lawton Academy of Arts and Sciences ofLawton, Okla., won the first place Web Page Award.
  • Little Rock Central High School of Little Rock won the third place Most Robust Award.
  • Manzanola Junior and Senior High School of Manzanola, Colo., won the second place BEST T-shirt Award.
  • Philadelphia Christian Academy of Lafayette, La., won the third place BEST Award and fourth place in the robot competition.
  • Poyen High School of Poyen won the second place BEST Founders Award.
  • Ramay Junior High of Fayetteville won the third place BEST Founders Award.
  • Rose Hill High School of Rose Hill, Kan., won the second place Most Photogenic Robot.
  • Valley Springs High School of Valley Springs, won the second place Most Robust Award.
  • Wichita Home-School of Wichita, Kan., placed second in the robot competition and the BEST Elegant Robot Award, third place in the BEST Web Page Award and fourth place IGUS BEST Award.

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