Fifty schools to compete Saturday in South’s BEST Robotics Championship at Auburn University

AUBURN – Fifty teams of middle and high school students from across the eastern United States will participate in the 2008 South’s BEST Robotics Championship on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Auburn University’s Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. At South’s BEST, the winners of 11 local competitions from eight states will put their robots to the test.   

Saturday’s competition is free and open to the public. For more information, including a complete schedule and the names of teams in your area, go to www.southsbest.org. Saturday’s activities will stream live from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST at www.auburn.edu/cosam/.

South’s BEST, Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology, is cosponsored by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University to spark interest in engineering, science and technology careers.

In September, BEST teams across the nation received free kits of standardized parts and were given the details of “Just Plane Crazy,” the theme of this year’s competition. Students designed, built and engaged in head-to-head competition with their robots at their local competition sites.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the competition will test each team’s ability to market its creations using presentations, notebooks, displays, T-shirt designs and spirit. Also on Friday, retired NASA astronaut Jan Davis will be featured as the speaker during lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Media are invited to attend the Friday lunch to hear Davis address female BEST participants on “Women in Science and Engineering.”  Davis will also be the keynote speaker at the South’s BEST welcoming ceremony Friday at 6 p.m. in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Press passes are available at the registration desk to gain entry to the game floor and pit areas. 

Final results, photos and video will be available for download on Saturday night at www.southsbest.org.

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