War Eagle BEST is the local BEST Robotics hub for schools located in East Central Alabama and West Georgia. The program is co-hosted by the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University. Each fall 25 local schools design, build, and program a robot from a kit of raw materials through implementation of the Engineering Design Process. The six-week-long program culminates in a one-day, sports-like competition.
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BEST stands for Boosting Engineering Science and Technology, and is a national program with fifty local competition sites in eighteen states. It is administered by BEST Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, that sets curriculum and competition standards. The mission of BEST is to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through participation in a competitive robotics program that fosters knowledge, teamwork, and communication. A major tenet of the program is that it is free to schools; there is no cost for robotics materials nor to enter a team.
Each year, middle and high school student teams are tasked with building a robot to compete against other schools in that year’s challenge. Each challenge is based on an educational model. Previous models include “Just Plane Crazy”, in which students learned about aeronautics and built a simple model airplane with their robot; and “Total Recall” in which students studied six-sigma to optimize manufacturing.
The robotics competition is a high-energy sports-like environment but good sportsmanship is essential. Student-driven robots compete against the challenges of the game, not other robots. Each year’s game theme and playing field is revealed in mid-September. Teams are given six weeks to design and build their robot before entering their local competition.
In addition to robotics, the most coveted award of the program is the BEST Award. To compete, students must provide an engineering notebook, give an oral marketing presentation, construct an educational exhibit, and show excellent team spirit and sportsmanship. BEST uses the excitement of robotics to teach engineering and business processes.
Co-founded in 2001 by the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and College of Sciences and Mathematics, the War Eagle BEST* hub was an instant success as 22 Alabama teams competed in “RAD to the Core” a game in which students designed and built a robot that runs on an overhead track to move fuel rods from nuclear reactors. The enthusiastic support from participating schools in 2001 encouraged growth of the BEST Robotics program throughout the state.
Today, the state of Alabama is home to eleven BEST Robotics hubs. War Eagle BEST serves as the BEST hub for middle and high school’s in the following East Central Alabama counties: Autauga, Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Russell, and Tallapoosa. In addition, War Eagle BEST accepts teams from West Georgia, as space is available.
Due in part to efforts by Auburn University, industry is now recognizing the BEST program as an ideal workforce development program in the state. The BEST program excels at introducing students to the engineering design process allowing student participants to become technically proficient. Technical skills acquired during BEST will serve the state’s students in the future as more high tech industries arrive in Alabama.
The War Eagle BEST program kicks-off each August with the competition hosted in October. The top teams advance to one of three regional competitions. The eastern region’s competition, South’s BEST, is also hosted by Auburn University.
*War Eagle BEST was formerly called Alabama BEST
Kick Off Map
Kick Off Driving Directions
Mall Day Driving Directions
Game Day Driving Directions
Kick Off Day
Wednesday, August 27, 5pm-7pm
Sunday, September 28, 1pm-5pm
Saturday, October 11, 8am-5pm
Opelika High School
Auburn University Campus
|Auburn Junior High School
|Brewbaker Tech Magnet High School
|Central Educational Center
|Columbus High School
||Smiths Station, AL
|Hardaway High School
|Jordan High School
|LAMP High School
|Lanett High School
|Loachapoka High School
|Montgomery Catholic Prep School
|Northside High School
|Opelika High School
|Opelika Middle School
|Prattville High School
|Saint James School
|Smiths Station High School
||Smiths Station, AL
|Southside Middle School
|Spencer High School
|Wetumpka High School
|Wetumpka Middle School
This page is a useful tool for participating teams to check back often for key information. Any updates, useful resources, or announcments will be added here for teams to view and access.
BEST Award Winners
1st Place: Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School
2nd Place: Wetumpka High School
3rd Place: Springwood School
4th Place (finalist): Columbus High School
1st Place Robotics: Wetumpka High School
2nd Place Robotics: Lee-Scott Academy
3rd Place Robotics: Saint James School
4th Place Robotics (finalist): Springwood School
Advanced to South's Best
1: Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School
2: Wetumpka High School
3: Lee-Scott Academy
4: Springwood School
5: Saint James School
War Eagle BEST is almost entirely staffed by volunteers from Auburn University, civic groups, the community, local industry, local and state government, and the State Department of Education. We gladly welcome all individuals and groups that want to be a part of this worthwhile, rewarding, and incredibly fun experience! No experience is required and we provide training.
Here's where we need volunteers:
Team mentors - helping a participating school's robotics team through the six-week "design and construction" phase leading up to the competition itself.
Competition judges - judging the numerous awards categories on "Game Day" (most categories are non-technical and all are fun to judge).
Event Personnel - helping run the Game Day operation, including such areas as registration, hospitality, merchandise sales, refereeing, scorekeeping, and game operations.
The competition utilizes 30 to 50 volunteers to help make the all day event run smoothly--you receive training and a t-shirt, we feed you well, and you get to be part of a high-energy, positive and rewarding experience! No judging experience or engineering/technical degree is required.
To learn more about volunteering at War Eagle BEST click the button below:
If you have any other questions, you can contact:
Kristen Bond, Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-844-5769