High School and Middle School robotics tends to burn out
teachers. Thyrun Hurst is a remarkable exception to this. He is the only teacher
ARC Specialties has worked with continuously since we began mentoring teams in
2001. In 2011, Thyrun was the principal of Wood Creek Middle School and the
sponsor of a Texas BEST robot team. The kids won their first event which is
remarkable for rookies particularly middle students competing against high
This year Thyrun was promoted to Principal of Summer Creek
High School where he sponsored a BEST team. The two teams now work together in
the Wood Creek shop. The collaboration worked splendidly with mentors floating
between the teams as needed. The final result at the South East Texas
(SET) BEST event were impressive. The High School finished 1st with an average
score of 22 points per round. The Middle School finished 7th.
ARC Specialties commends Thyrun Hurst for creating
sustainable robot teams in numerous schools over the last 11 years. It is
educators like Thyrun who inspire kids to study Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math.
Photo of the winning High School team and their pole
climbing robot with 2 axis arm with servo gripper holding a game piece.