Five teams advance to South’s BEST regional robotics competition

War Eagle BEST RoboticsAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Five middle and high school robotics teams captured top honors in the War Eagle BEST robotics competition Saturday, Oct. 13, at Smiths Station High School and will advance to the South’s BEST regional competition in Auburn in December.

Columbus Consortium of Columbus, Ga., won first place in the head-to-head competition among 25 teams, followed by Stanhope Elmore High School of Millbrook at second, Wetumpka High School third and Saint James School of Montgomery fourth.

Wetumpka High School won the BEST Award as the team that best embodied the concept of Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology. Saint James School finished second, Columbus Consortium third and Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School in Montgomery fourth.

The competition followed six weeks of preparation for this year’s head-to-head game, called Warp XX, which featured a prototype robot to transport cargo and equipment on a space elevator tower. Teams raced to complete the most tasks in three-minute matches.

BEST Robotics Inc. is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization started in 1993 for schools in rural north Texas. The program currently has 51 licensed competition sites, or hubs, in 18 states. War Eagle BEST, headquartered at Auburn, was founded in 2001 by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

More information is available at the BEST robotics website at http://best.eng.auburn.edu/ and War Eagle BEST website at http://www.wareaglebest.org/.

(Contributed by Morgan Stashick)

Contacts: Morgan Stashick, College of Engineering, (334) 844-3591 (stashml@auburn.edu), or
Charles Martin, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999