- 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.
- BEST features two parallel competitions:
- A robotics game, which is based upon an annual theme with four teams competing at once in a series of three-minute, round-robin matches.
- The BEST Award, which is presented to the team that best embodies the concept of Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology. Elements include a project summary notebook, oral presentation, table display, and spirit and sportsmanship.
- Each school is provided kits of equipment and parts, a set of game rules, and given six weeks to design, build, and test a small Radio/Controlled (R/C) robot that outperforms other robots.
- Winning teams from local competition sites (called “hubs”) advance to regional championship sites (“regionals”).
- Engineers and other technical professionals from local industries serve as team mentors who advise and guide students through the design and construction of their machines.
- Anyone—colleges/universities, corporations, individuals—can start a new hub serving a minimum of eight teams. The average first-year cost for running a 24-team hub is approximately $28,000.
- Local hubs rely on financial support from corporations and/or colleges/universities in order to allow schools to participate at no cost.
- Enhances teaching/teacher effectiveness
- Reinforces classroom learning
- Creates real-world academic challenge
- Increases students’ interest in and understanding of engineering and science
- Exposes students to new career opportunities
- Provides competition/fun
- Promotes school spirit and sense of community
- Increases understanding of technical concepts and scientific principles
- Provides real-world engineering experience with limited resources
- Reinforces project management concepts with constrained time period
- Encourages abstract thought, self-directed learning, and problem solving
- Promotes team building, good sportsmanship, leadership, and ethical conduct
- Produces pride in success
North Alabama BEST - Wallace State Community College
South's BEST - Auburn University
Auburn University AL
Tennessee Valley BEST - Auburn University & Calhoun Community College
War Eagle BEST - Auburn University
Auburn University AL