Congratulations to the Georgia Teams that Advanced to South's BEST!
1st Place BEST Award - Team 701 Fernbank Links
2nd Place BEST Award - Team 716 Kennesaw Mountain
3rd Place BEST Award - Team 709 West Hall High School
1st Place Game Winner - Team 704 Piedmont Academy
2nd Place Game Winner - Team 716 Kennesaw Mountain
3rd Place Game Winner - Team 709 West Hall High School
R.I.T. Nominee - Team 709 West Hall High School
Glen Allen Award - Team 720 4H Cloverbots
Al George Electronics Design Award - Team 701 Fernbank Links
Tom Collins Creative Use of Materials Award - Team 707 North Forsyth High School
Website Award - Team 710 Odyssey Charter School
CAD Notebook Award - Team 716 Kennesaw Mountain
Software and Simulation - Team 708 South Forsyth High School
Elegant Award - Team 722 Allatoona Robotics Club
Highest Performing Rookie Award - Team 722 Allatoona Robotics Club
Top Gun Award - Team 704 Piedmont Academy
Founders Award for Creative Design - Team 704 Piedmont Academy
Most Robust Machine - Team 717 North Cobb Christian
What is BEST Robotics?
BEST gives students what they need in the context of what they want.
Take plywood and a box filled with items such as PVC pipe, screws and other hardware, an irrigation valve cover, piano wire, aluminum paint grid, a bicycle inner tube, a BRAIN (BEST Robotics Advanced Instruction Node programmable platform), and something called a micro-energy chain system and try, within six weeks, to design and build a functioning machine that can perform certain, specific tasks in three minutes. What do you get?
You get BEST, a middle and high school robotics competition whose mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.
Through participation in our project-based STEM program, students learn to analyze
and solve problems utilizing the Engineering Design Process, which
helps them develop technological literacy skills. It is these skills that industry seeks
in its workforce.
Each fall, over 850 middle and high schools and over 18,000 students participate in the competition.
• BEST Robotics Inc. (BRI) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization.
• 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…
Students become competent and confident in:
• Abstract Thinking
• Self-Directed Learning
• Project Management
• 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