HEAT offers students the opportunities to use their skills and knowledge they have learned from math, science, and engineering classes into the real world applications. In order to do so we utilize multiple platforms with which theses students can take on challenges. More than 3/4 of HEAT members are students from Bryant Hornet Engineering (BHE), our Bryant High School Engineering Department. Taking PLTW engineering classes gives a competitive edge to students that take on various HEAT projects and competitions.
In VEX Robotics Competitions, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each April! We currently have three Vex Robotics Competition teams.
Each year, a new game is released during the World Championship. We start working as soon as the new game is released. This competition is year around. We hold dedicated building and programming days around the year along with the regular HEAT meeting days.
Bryant Fall Fest holds the annual Ken Palmquist Duct Tape Boat Race and it is a great community event. The race is named in honor of Ken Palmquist a long time employee of Bryant Parks and Tourism. Students get to build and test boats made from PVC pipe and duct tape, by doing so, they learn more about the nautical engineering discipline. The race is usually at the end of September, so our racing division crew has roughly about a month a half to design, build, and test the new water craft.
The highlight of this unique project is the design and construction of electric vehicles that the students enter and drive in the statewide competition. The race is held in April. Students have 8 months to work on the electric vehicle and get it competition ready.
HEAT Artillery division, HEAT Studio, Drones, and much more. We do it all.
These projects happens year-round. Students may participate in competitions and do work on these projects if time allows.
BEST Robotics is six weeks of intense problem solving, design, and construction. Teams are given identical sets of materials to construct a robot to complete a variety of tasks in an annually redesigned course. Regional and state competitions can lead to national bids.
The Kick-Off Meeting is held in September in the EIT Auditorium to introduce the game objectives to teachers (coaches) and students.
Game Day is held at the UALR’s Jack Stephens Center in November.
Bryant hornet engineering is the engineering department of Bryant High School. BHE is a building which houses 2 classrooms, 2 PLTW instructors, and 5 PLTW engineering preparatory classes. BHE, is the home and the birthplace of HEAT. PLTW is an internationally recognized provider for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum and teacher training.
Students at Bryant High School have the opportunity to sign up for these engineering classes near the end of 2nd semester. All classes are year long classes. Click here to see CAPs information.