BEST competition at Charles Koch Arena

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Charles Koch Arena is usually reserved for Shocker basketball and volleyball, but on Saturday, a different kind of "game day." 

High school and middle school students from all over Kansas competed in Wichita for the "BEST" title. 26 teams competed with robots they built from scratch. For some students, this is more than just a game... 

"I've actually been to every single game day since I was born. Yeah, I've really loved it. My whole family is engineers and I've got to follow in their footsteps," says Jamey Marshall, Wichita Homeschool. 

WSU directors say "BEST" is designed to inspire and motivate students toward careers in engineering, science and technology. "It's probably one of the most rewarding things I've done in my life. To work with the students, bring them along and teach them, and see the change over from freshman to senior year," says Bryan Jaax, Co-Director for Kansas BEST. 

Win or lose, some high school students say it's all about the teamwork. "Just interacting with the other schools. It was kind of cool to like meet up with them, wish them good luck and see the competition. So there's always an element of friendly competitiveness." says Justin Bui, Kapaun Mt. Carmel.  

Senior gamers can't believe the experience is coming to an end. "I've poured my heart and soul into robotics these past two years and honestly, as stressful as it is, I really love it and I'm willing to do it again every year if I could," says Julia Gonzales, Kapaun Mt. Carmel.  

Wichita Homeschool won the overall "BEST" title. They will advance to Regionals in Denver with 7 other Kansas High Schools at the start of December. 
 

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