Cheyney Students Get a Lesson in Robotics

September 14, 2010

Cheyney, PA (September 12, 2010). Cheyney University professor, Dr. Judith Ray, is giving her students in the recreation leisure management program a lesson in the sciences.

For the past seven years, the BEST Game Day competition has been brought to Philadelphia public middle and high school students. Dr. Ray has regularly served as a judge and is actively involved in the day long intense competition. Ms. Velda Morris, a Cheyney University alum and Robotics Education Specialist with the Philadelphia School District, runs the BEST Competition and has engaged some Cheyney University students in this STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiative.  Mr. Michael Johnson also a Cheyney University alum performed the testing.

Two Robots (ROV1 and ROV2) were tested for efficiency and effectiveness in the University’s pool, and the robot buoyancy testing provided an educational opportunity for students in the areas of math, science, test procedures, and experimental protocol for the robots.

Mr. Johnson brought underwater cameras, video recording systems and the two robots. Students were engaged and interested in the experience and were encouraged to participate as interns in next year's competition.  Mr. Johnson plans to return on Wednesday September 15 for further testing.The class is looking forward to Mr. Johnson’s return on September 15.

The Philadelphia BEST Kick-Off event is scheduled for September 25th at Villanova University.

About BEST
BEST is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science and engineering-based robotics competition. BEST Robotics Inc. (BRI) is a non-profit, volunteer organization based in Dallas, TX. Started in 1993 with 14 competing schools and 221 students, today BEST has over 700 middle and high schools and over 10,000 students participating each fall. There is no fee for schools to compete in BEST.