Auburn University to host South’s BEST robotics championship Dec. 12

AUBURN – Auburn University will host the South’s BEST regional robotics championship on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

Gov. Bob Riley will speak at 11:30 a.m. about BEST and its role in K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and in workforce development in Alabama.

BEST, or Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology, is a nationwide middle and high school robotics competition designed to engage and excite students about engineering, science and technology and to inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.

A live stream of this free public event will be available at: http://www.auburn.edu/cosam/broadcast. RealPlayer is required to view this event.

At this year’s South’s BEST, the top five teams from each of 11 local competitions held earlier in the year will compete for the chance to advance to the BEST national championship in Dallas in April. The teams competing in South’s BEST represent schools from Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

BEST Robotics Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization headquartered at Auburn University. The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Sciences and Mathematics co-host both a local hub competition, War Eagle BEST, and also the South’s BEST regional competition. More than 300 Auburn volunteer faculty, students, and staff, as well as others from industry, education and government across the state and region volunteer annually as event personnel and judges.

For more information about BEST go to www.southsbest.org and www.bestinc.org.

Contact: Cheryl Cobb, (334) 844-2220 (cobbche@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)