BEST Robotics teams from 19 schools to compete Saturday at Auburn University

AUBURN – On Saturday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Auburn University Student Activities Center, teams from 19 local middle and high schools participating in the 2010 War Eagle BEST Competition will put the robots they’ve been working on for the past six weeks to the test. For driving directions, go to www.wareaglebest.org.

War Eagle BEST is based at Auburn University and co-sponsored by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Six weeks ago, the teams received their kits of standardized parts and were given the details of this year’s game – “Total Recall” – that challenges them to design robots that can successfully process and package a manufactured product while ensuring the highest standards of quality. Since then, the students have designed and built robots for Saturday’s head-to-head competition. A second portion of the competition will test the team’s ability to market their creations using presentations, notebooks, displays, t-shirt designs and spirit.

The winning teams from this competition will advance to South’s BEST, where they will compete among 60 winning teams from 13 BEST competition hubs in seven states. This East Regional Championship will be held on Nov. 18-20 at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum on the Auburn University campus. Other regions include Frontier Trails BEST, based at University of Arkansas and serving 11 hubs in the Midwest and Texas BEST, based at the University of North Texas and serving 16 hubs in the U.S. Southwest.

In fall 2010, more than 12,500 students, 4,000 volunteers and 850 schools will participate in BEST Robotics, whose national headquarters is based at Auburn University. The public is invited to come see why BEST is the most effective K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, education activity in Alabama schools for inspiring students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology. The championship begins at 9 a.m. and admission is free. For more information, go to www.wareaglebest.org.

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