Past Competitions

2021 – Demo Daze
The robots enter an active construction zone, tasked with planning and executing the demolition of a central tower. Of course, no demolition project is can begin until the safety and security of the site is ensure. And no demolition project is complete until the remaining materials are sorted and removed. Teams’ robots accomplished all of these tasks through a mix of human-controlled and autonomous tasks.

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st Place *701 – Fernbank LINKS
BEST Award 2nd Place *708 – South Forsyth HS
BEST Award 3rd Place707 – North Forsyth HS
Game Award 1st Place *722 – Allatoona Robotics Club
Game Award 2nd Place *704 – Piedmont Academy
Game Award 3rd Place708 – South Forsyth HS
Founder’s Award for Creative Design709 – West Hall HS
BEST Critical Design Review722 – Allatoona Robotics Club
Most Robust Machine704 – Piedmont Academy
Al George Electronics Design Award715 – Johns Creek HS
Tom Collins Creative Use of Materials Awards717 – North Cobb Christian School
Glen Allen Outstanding Mentor AwardMichael Currier
* – Team advanced to South’s BEST

2020 – Outbreak
Honey, I shrunk the robots! And sent them in to fight an infection! The teams’ robots were tasked with delivering a vaccine to different cells and isolate infected cells from vulnerable cells.
Georgia BEST took a hiatus this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

2019 – Off the Grid
Teams were asked to invent a new robotic system to take on the dangerous job of repairing the power grid after a natural disaster. Robots had to clear debris and reconnect power lines.

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st Place701 – Fernbank LINKS
BEST Award 2nd Place716 – Kennesaw Mountain
BEST Award 3rd Place709 – West Hall HS
Game Award 1st Place704 – Piedmont Academy
Game Award 2nd Place716 – Kennesaw Mountain
Game Award 3rd Place709 – West Hall HS
R.I.T. Nominee709 – West Hall HS
Glen Allen Award720 – 4H Cloverbots
Al George Electronics Design Award701 – Fernbank LINKS
Tom Collins Creative Use of Materials Award707 – North Forsyth HS
Website Award710 – Odyssey Charter School
CAD Notebook Award716 – Kennesaw Mountain
Software and Simulation708 – South Forsyth HS
Elegant Award722 – Allatoona Robotics Club
Highest Performing Rookie Award722 – Allatoona Robotics Club
Top Gun (Highest Scoring Match)704 – Piedmont Academy
Founder’s Award for Creative Design704 – Piedmont Academy
Most Robust Machine717 – North Cobb Christian

2018 – Current Events
On a voyage to clean our oceans, students built robots that had to sort through a variety of types of trash while contending with rough seas. The dynamic ocean environment was emulated with a variety of moving field elements including suspended balance beams and spinning platforms.
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AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st Place *708 – South Forsyth HS
BEST Award 2nd Place *707 – North Forsyth HS
BEST Award 3rd Place716 – Kennesaw Mountain HS
Game Award 1st Place *716 – Kennesaw Mountain HS
Game Award 2nd Place703 – CircuitRunners Robotics
Game Award 3rd Place715 – Johns Creek HS
R.I.T. Nominee *715 – Johns Creek HS
Founder’s Award for Creative Design705 – Rome HS
Top Gun (Highest Scoring Match)715 – Johns Creek HS
Most Elegant Robot708 – South Forsyth HS
Most Robust Machine707 – North Forsyth HS
Highest Performing Rookies718 – Woodland Pack Attack
CAD Award703 – CircuitRunners Robotics
Website Award708 – South Forsyth HS
Tom Collins Creative Use of Material716 – Kennesaw Mountain HS
Al George Electronics Design703 – CircuitRunners Robotics
Glenn Allen AwardReynold Kao
* – Team advanced to South’s BEST

2017 – Crossfire
Students developed the next generation of first responders, building robots to fight fires. The field featured a central building with “fires” (plastic cups) which the robots put out by launching “water” (ping pong balls).
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AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st Place *97 – Fernbank LINKS
BEST Award 2nd Place *93 – Wheeler HS
BEST Award 3rd Place *119 – South Forsyth HS
Game Award 1st Place *114 – North Forsyth HS
Game Award 2nd Place *119 – South Forsyth HS
Game Award 3rd Place97 – Fernbank LINKS
R.I.T. Nominee *117 – Rome High School
Founder’s Award for Creative Design109 – Piedmont Academy
Simulink Software Design & Simulation Award119 – South Forsyth HS
Top Gun (Highest Scoring Match)109 – Piedmont Academy
Most Elegant Robot118 – Integral Robotics
Most Robust Robot118 – Integral Robotics
Highest Seeded Rookies111 – AFA Vectors
CAD Award114 – North Forsyth HS
Tom Collins Creative Use of Material119 – South Forsyth HS
Al George Electronics Design93 – Wheeler HS
Glenn Allen Mentor AwardTom Collins
* – Team advanced to South’s BEST

2016 – Bet the Farm
Students were asked to envision the future of industrial agriculture by developing robots to tackle a number of tasks around the farm of tomorrow. Robots had to harvest crops, corral animals, and manage the watering of crop fields.

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st PlaceSouth Forsyth HS
BEST Award 2nd PlaceWheeler HS
BEST Award 3rd PlaceFernbank LINKS
Game Award 1st PlacePiedmont Academy
Game Award 2nd PlaceNorth Cobb Christian School
Game Award 3rd PlaceIntegral Robotics
Glenn Allen Outstanding Mentor AwardRamana Divakaruni (Wheeler HS)
Simulink Software Design & Simulation AwardFernbank LINKS
Founder’s Award for Creative DesignIntegral Robotics
Most Robust RobotPiedmont Academy
Al George Electronic Design AwardWheeler HS

2015 – Pay Dirt
Pay Dirt placed teams in a mine scenario in which robots were tasked with collecting various minerals and sorting them into bins. Robots used many types of manipulators and cargo containers to collect and transport the game pieces. This game put an economical spin to harvesting natural resources, as market shift changed the value of the minerals throughout the season based on how much was “mined.”  The objective was efficiently harvesting the most valuable resources to score the most points.

AwardWinner
Game Award 1st Place93 –
Game Award 2nd Place118 –
Game Award 3rd Place119 –
Game Award 4th Place95 –
Al George AwardWheeler HS
Software Design & Simulation AwardSouth Forsyth HS
Most Robust AwardWheeler HS
Founder’s AwardLassiter HS

2014 – Bladerunner
Blade Runner challenged participants to take the role of a windmill transportation company. Teams had to transport large game pieces across challenging terrain that could cause robots to lose their cargo. Blade Runner allowed teams to cooperate with each other and make difficult transportation tasks quicker by supporting each other. The challenge of Blade Runner was that teams had to either design manipulators that could transport each game piece across the field or teams had to come up with a strategy that only required them to score crucial game pieces.

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st PlaceNorthview HS
BEST Award 2nd PlaceNorth Cobb Christian
BEST Award 3rd PlaceFernbank LINKS
BEST Award 4th PlaceWheeler HS
Game Award 1st PlaceNorthview HS
Game Award 2nd PlaceNorth Cobb Christian
Game Award 3rd PlaceJohns Creek
Best Oral PresentationSouth Forsyth HS
Best Project NotebookFernbank LINKS
Best Spirit & SportsmanshipWheeler HS
Best Engineering ProcessNorthview HS
Founder’s Award for Creative DesignNorth Cobb Christian
Most Robust MachineNorthview HS
Volunteer of the YearJoseph Cyr & Christopher Catalano
Glenn Allen Mentor AwardWard Mitchell

2013 – Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper required teams to collect different electrical components needed to build a complete CPU. Robots were stationary but were moved around the field using a human operated platform. Teams had to build up inventories of individual components in order to manufacture larger components, and ultimately build a CPU. Winning teams planned out their strategy before competing so they knew exactly what they needed to collect and score in each round, and could optimize their playing time by building up inventory. These teams also had simple manipulators that allowed them to effortlessly switch between tasks during matches.

2012 – Warp XX
Warp XX challenged students to build “space elevator” robots. The robots were tasked with grabbing game pieces on the group, climbing up a pole, and then scoring those pieces in containers and on pipe at the top of the pole. The game pieces ranged from wiffle balls to heavy cardboard boxes cardboard boxes and unworldly foam boards. The most successful robots maximized pole climb speed by calculating the force required to move the robot up the pole, had light and stable arms with specialized manipulators for the game pieces, and centers of gravity near the poles to prevent undue friction and shifting.

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st PlaceFernbank LINKS
Game Award 1st PlaceGSMST
Game Award 2nd PlaceFernbank LINKS
Most RobustFernbank LINKS

2011 – Bugs!
Bugs! required teams to build robots to retrieve “genetically modified bugs”-heavy bean bags, styrofoam balls suspended high above the field, and small moving robots-and place them into containment areas behind fields of obstacles. Bonus points were awarded for retrieving all types of bugs. Retrieving each bug presented a unique challenge, challenging teams to build versatile robots with the available parts. Winning robots had long but stable and responsive arms with versatile claws capable of retrieving all types of bugs. In addition, carrying the heavy bean bags was particularly challenging, forcing the winning teams to use counterweights on their robots to prevent them from flipping over.

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st PlaceFernbank LINKS
Robot Performance 1st PlaceFernbank LINKS

2010 – Total Recall
Total Recall’s theme was manufacturing, specifically manufacturing using the six sigma practice to minimize mistakes. The game involved scoring correct but not defective game pieces. Robots had to score golf balls of a certain color in bins, place traffic cones in stands, and sort plastic eggs by magnetism and then score the correct type plastic egg in those traffic cones. The color of the defective golf balls and whether the defective plastic eggs contained magnets or not was determined by having the robot read a data port and then displaying a signal to the drivers. Scoring defective products would reduce the team’s sigma, which multiplied their score. The winning robots had large containers capable of transporting many golf balls at once; some even had detachable containers to allow the robots to perform other tasks while the containers were filled. Determining which plastic eggs contained magnets proved to be quite difficult, although some teams created custom sensors capable of doing so.

2009 – High Octane
High Octane called on students to goggle up and start mixing chemicals. The objective was for students to collect common molecules (CO2 and H2O) and combine them with essential resources (energy and catalysts) to complete a series of chemical reactions. The ultimate goal was to produce the ever valuable isooctane, but intermediate molecules were tracked in a team’s virtual inventory, to be used as ingredients in subsequent matches.

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st Place93 – Wheeler HS
BEST Award 2nd Place113 – Kennesaw Mtn. HS
BEST Award 3rd Place112 – West Forsyth HS
Game Award 1st Place91 – Athens Christian School
Game Award 2nd Place107 – Georgia Robotics Alliance
Game Award 3rd Place104 – North Cobb Christian
Finalist105 – Milton HS
Best Oral Presentation113 – Kennesaw Mtn. HS
Best Project Notebook108 – Northview HS
Best Spirit & Sportsmanship93 – Wheeler HS
Best T-Shirt115 – H. W. Grady HS
Best Table Display & Interviews93 – Wheeler HS
Best Website97 – Fernbank LINKS
Founder’s Award for Creative Design107 – Georgia Robotics Alliance
Most Robust Machine101 – Mabry MS
Most Elegant Machine101 – Mabry MS
Most Photogenic Machine95 – Central Educational
Best Rookie Team91 – Athens Christian School

2008 – Just Plane Crazy
Students set their sights high by building a robot for building planes. Teams used their robots to retrieve aircraft subassemblies and complete an aircraft from these components. Game tasks included safely managing and navigating the parts warehouse, assembling plane components, and conducting a test flight by hanging their planes on a central structure.

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st PlaceKennesaw Mountain HS
BEST Award 2nd PlaceWheeler HS
BEST Award 3rd PlaceFernbank LINKS
Game Award 1st PlaceMilton HS
Game Award 2nd PlaceCentral Educational Center
Game Award 3rd PlaceWestminster Christian Academy
Best Oral PresentationWheeler HS
Best Project NotebookFernbank LINKS
Best Spirit & SportsmanshipWheeler HS
Best T-ShirtStephenson HS
Best Table Display & InterviewsKennesaw Mountain HS
Best WebsiteFernbank LINKS
Founder’s Award for Creative DesignWheeler HS
Most Robust MachineMilton HS
Most Elegant MachineWestminster Christian Academy
Most Photogenic MachineGrady HS
Best Rookie TeamWestminster Christian Academy

2007 – A Robot Odyssey

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st PlaceKennesaw Mountain HS
BEST Award 2nd PlaceWheeler HS
BEST Award 3rd PlaceFernbank LINKS
Game Award 1st PlaceNorthview HS
Game Award 2nd PlaceFernbank LINKS
Game Award 3rd PlaceGrady HS
Best Oral PresentationMount Paran Christian School
Best Project NotebookKennesaw Mountain HS
Best Spirit & SportsmanshipSandy Creek HS
Best T-ShirtTapp MS
Best Table Display & InterviewsWheeler HS
Best WebsiteFernbank LINKS
Founder’s Award for Creative DesignForsyth Alliance
Most Robust MachineFernbank LINKS
Most Elegant MachineEast Cobb MS
Most Photogenic MachineGrady HS
Best Rookie TeamForsyth Alliance

2006 – Laundry Quandry

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st PlaceKennesaw Mountain HS
BEST Award 2nd PlaceWheeler HS
BEST Award 3rd PlaceNorthview HS
Game Award 1st PlaceNorthview HS
Game Award 2nd PlaceMount Paran Christian School
Game Award 3rd PlaceRoswell HS
Best Oral PresentationMill Creek HS
Best Project NotebookEast Cobb MS
Best Spirit & SportsmanshipEast Cobb MS
Best T-ShirtShaw HS
Best Table Display & InterviewsKennesaw Mountain HS
Best WebsiteNorcross HS
Founder’s Award for Creative DesignGrady HS
Most Robust MachineRoswell HS
Most Elegant MachineNorcross HS
Most Photogenic MachineGrady HS

2005 – Mission to Hubble

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st PlaceWheeler HS
BEST Award 2nd PlaceKennesaw Mountain HS
BEST Award 3rd PlaceFernbank LINKS
Game Award 1st PlaceMill Creek HS
Game Award 2nd PlaceWheeler HS
Game Award 3rd PlaceMilton HS
Best Oral PresentationKennesaw Mountain HS
Best Project NotebookWheeler HS
Best Spirit & SportsmanshipMt. Paran Christian HS
Best T-ShirtFernbank LINKS
Best Table Display & InterviewsKennesaw Mountain HS
Best WebsiteFernbank LINKS
Founder’s Award for Creative DesignNorcross HS
Most Robust MachineMill Creek HS
Most Elegant MachineMill Creek HS
Most Photogenic MachineWheeler HS

2004 – BEST Fever

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st PlaceKennesaw Mountain HS
BEST Award 2nd PlaceWheeler HS
BEST Award 3rd PlaceNorthside HS
Game Award 1st PlaceNorthview HS
Game Award 2nd PlaceWheeler HS
Game Award 3rd PlaceJasper County HS
FinalistRoswell HS
Best Oral PresentationKennesaw Mountain HS
Best Project NotebookWheeler HS
Best Spirit & SportsmanshipNorthside HS
Best T-ShirtFernbank LINKS
Best Table Display & InterviewsKennesaw Mountain HS
Best WebsiteFernbank LINKS
Founder’s Award for Creative DesignThe Paideia School
Most Robust MachineJasper County HS
Most Elegant MachineNorthside HS
Most Photogenic MachineJasper County HS

2003 – Transfusion Confusion

AwardWinner
BEST Award 1st PlaceKennesaw Mountain HS
BEST Award 2nd PlaceNorthside HS
BEST Award 3rd PlaceColumbus HS – Orange
Game Award 1st PlaceKennesaw Mountain HS
Game Award 2nd PlaceColumbus HS – Blue
Game Award 3rd PlaceRoswell HS
Best T-ShirtKennesaw Mtn HS
Best WebsiteKennesaw Mtn HS
Founder’s Award for Creative DesignKennesaw Mtn HS
Most Robust MachineKennesaw Mtn HS
Most Elegant MachineKennesaw Mtn HS
Most Photogenic MachineKennesaw Mtn HS