Buckley awards winners of BEST robots

Each team was each given six weeks to build a robot from the same provided materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Twenty-six high school teams and one middle school team, from the state of Colorado, compete in the 2017 Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology robotics competition Oct. 21, in Denver. Each team was each given six weeks to build a robot from the same provided materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

The four top teams from this event will return to Denver in December to compete in the regional competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

St. Mary’s Academy Middle School students teach Col. David Miller, Jr., 460th Space Wing commander, how to control their robot while they wait for their match Oct. 21, at the 2017 Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology robotics competition in Denver. The four top teams from this event will return to Denver in December to compete in the regional competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

The four top teams from this event will return to Denver in December to compete in the regional competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

1st Lt. Brandon, 460th Operations Support Squadron chief Space-Based Infrared System mission management planner, shares a laugh with a student and her father Oct. 21, at the 2017 Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology robotics competition in Denver. The four top teams from this event will return to Denver in December to compete in the regional competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Twenty-six high school teams and one middle school team, from the state of Colorado, were each given six weeks to build a robot from the same provided materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Students from Denver School of Science and Technology teach Col. David Miller, Jr., 460th Space Wing commander, about their robot Oct. 21, at the 2017 Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology robotics competition in Denver. Twenty-six high school teams and one middle school team, from the state of Colorado, were each given six weeks to build a robot from the same provided materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Twenty-six high school teams and one middle school team, from the state of Colorado, were each given six weeks to build a robot from the same provided materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Capt. Austen, 460th Operations Support Squadron flight commander, awards a competitor with a medal Oct. 21, at the 2017 Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology robotics competition in Denver. Twenty-six high school teams and one middle school team, from the state of Colorado, were each given six weeks to build a robot from the same provided materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Twenty-six high school teams and one middle school team, from the state of Colorado, were each given six weeks to build a robot from the same provided materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Col. David Miller, Jr., 460th Space Wing commander, congratulates a St. Mary’s Academy Middle School student after presenting her with an award Oct. 21, at the 2017 Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology robotics competition in Denver. Twenty-six high school teams and one middle school team, from the state of Colorado, were each given six weeks to build a robot from the same provided materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

The four top teams from this event will return to Denver in December to compete in the regional competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

From left to right: 1st Lt. Brandon, 460th Operations Support Squadron chief Space-Based Infrared System mission management planner, 1st Lt. Marques, 11th Space Warning Squadron mission commander, delta flight, and 1st Lt. Jose, 2nd Space Warning Squadron, SBIRS mission commander, pose with the medals prior to awarding winners Oct. 21, at the 2017 Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology robotics competition in Denver. The four top teams from this event will return to Denver in December to compete in the regional competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Each team was each given six weeks to build a robot from the same provided materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

Twenty-six high school teams and one middle school team, from the state of Colorado, compete in the 2017 Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology robotics competition Oct. 21, in Denver. Each team was each given six weeks to build a robot from the same provided materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul/ Released)

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