What is Best?

BEST is a middle and high school robotics competition that allows students to work together in teams to build a machine that must perform certain tasks.  Teams are given a box filled with basic items such as pipe, screws, wire, etc. and are asked to build a functioning robot.

Nationally, over 11,000 students participate in the competition each year.

BEST Facts

• BEST Robotics Inc. (BRI) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization headquartered at Auburn University (AL).

• Schools participate at no cost -- there is no fee.

• Any school may participate regardless of socioeconomic status, size, or location. Public, private, and home school groups or organizations (that is, not individual families) are welcomed to participate.

• Students are the primary participants and benefactors. Students perform all of the work;
mentors serve as guides and advisors.

• Engineers and other technical professionals from local industries serve as team mentors.

• Over 3500 volunteers help run the local competitions and regional championships by serving as event personnel, judges, and team mentors.

As a result of participating in BEST, students…

• Understand the practical use of math concepts and applied physics

• Solve real-world science and engineering problems, training that is transferable to all academic disciplines and career pursuits

• Gain an increased interest in engineering, math, and science

• Understand what engineers do — the engineering profession is “demystified”

• Experience “design-to-market” product development

• Receive recognition and acclaim typically reserved for their peers in sports

Students become competent and confident in:

• Abstract Thinking

• Self-Directed Learning

• Teamwork

• Project Management

• Decision-Making

• Problem-Solving

• Leadership




Information courtesy of the Auburn University BEST website.