Welcome to War Eagle BEST!


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.


If you would like to get involved with BEST, check out the document below with all the information you need to know:


Become Involved

For a taste of War Eagle BEST check out these photos!


Teammates cheering on their robot and drivers. Driver and spotter focusing on controlling their robot. Driver controlling the robot to maneuver parts with the aid of his spotter. Robots and their drivers waiting for the next match.

About BEST

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.


About War Eagle BEST

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 schools 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

2014 Events Schedule


Travel Information

Kick Off Map
Kick Off Driving Directions

Mall Day Driving Directions

Game Day Driving Directions
Game Day Map
Opelika High School Map

Kick Off Day
Wednesday, August 27, 5pm-7pm
Lee-Scott Academy
Auburn, AL

Mall Day
Sunday, September 28, 1pm-5pm
Auburn Mall
Auburn, AL

Game Day
Saturday, October 11, 8am-5pm
Opelika High School
Opelika, AL

South's BEST
December 6-7
Auburn Arena
Auburn University Campus


2014 Competing Teams

School

Location

Autauga Academy

Prattville, AL

Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School

Montgomery, AL

Benjamin Russell High School

Alexander City, AL

Central Educational Center

Newnan, GA

Eastwood/Cornerstone School

Montgomery, AL

Edward Bell Career Technical Center

Camp Hill, AL

Glenwood School

Phenix City, AL

LAMP High School

Montgomery, AL

Lanett High School

Lanett, AL

Lee-Scott Academy

Auburn, AL

Loachapoka High School

Loachapoka, AL

Millbrook Middle School

Millbrook, AL

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School

Montgomery, AL

Opelika High School

Opelika, AL

Opelika Middle School

Opelika, AL

Prattville High School

Prattville, AL

Saint James School

Montgomery, AL

Smiths Station High School

Smiths Station, AL

Southside Middle School

Tallassee, AL

Spencer High School

Columbus, GA

Springwood School

Lanett, AL

Wetumpka High School

Wetumpka, AL

Wetumpka Middle School

Wetumpka, AL

Participating Team Resources

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.


2014 Game Teaser Video


2014 Results

BEST Award Winners
1st Place: Wetumpka High School
2nd Place: Eastwood/Cornerstone School
3rd Place: Springwood School
4th Place (finalist): Saint James School

Game Winners
1st Place Robotics: Southside Middle School
2nd Place Robotics: Lee-Scott Academy
3rd Place Robotics: Wetumpka High School
4th Place Robotics (finalist): Eastwood/Cornerstone School

Advanced to South's Best
1: Wetumpka High School
2: Southside Middle School
3: Eastwood/Cornerstone School
4: Lee-Scott Academy

2014 Full Results

2014 Final Robot Rankings

Previous Years

Past Teacher of the Year Recipients

2014: Mrs. Vicky Eichelberg - Saint James School (Montgomery, AL)
2013: Mrs. Karlia Willis - Springwood School (Lanett, AL)
2012: Dr. Joseph Profio - Montgomery Catholic Preparatory (Montgomery, AL)
2011: Mr. Scott Moody - Lee-Scott Academy (Auburn, AL)
2010: Mrs. Krista Ashley - Episcopal Day School (Gadsden, AL)
2009: Mr. Steve Ballard - Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School (Montgomery, AL)
2008: Mrs. Jennifer Cox - Stanhope Elmore High School (Millbrook, AL)
2007: Mrs. Virginia Vilardi - Wetumpka High School (Wetumpka, AL)

Volunteering


War Eagle BEST is a volunteer-based program, almost entirely staffed by volunteers from Auburn University, civic groups, the community, local industry, and local and state government. We gladly welcome all individuals and groups that want to be a part of this worthwhile, rewarding, and incredibly fun experience! Hosting the competition requires 30 - 50 volunteers working in several different capacities to make the event a success. All volunteers (mentors, judges, personnel) receive training, t-shirt, and lunch. No experience is required to participate and training is provided.

Here are the three types of volunteers at War Eagle BEST:

Team mentors - Team mentors work directly with a school's robotics team through the six week "design and construction" phase leading up to the competition itself.

Who: Team mentors are generally members of the local community and/or industry with a strong commitment to helping students.

Competition judges - Competition judges assess numerous awards categories on "Game Day". Categories range from non-technical (marketing presentations, spirit & sportsmanship) to technical (most elegant and most creative robot design) and all are fun to judge!

Who: Competition judges should be AU graduate students, faculty or STEM professionals.

Event Personnel - Event personnel aid in Game Day operations, including such areas as registration, hospitality, merchandise sales, refereeing, and scorekeeping.

Who: Anyone can serve as Game Day Personnel. AU undergraduate students are welcome and encouraged to serve as event personel.

To register to volunteer as event personnel for War Eagle BEST click the button below:


Volunteer Registration

For more information about becoming a team mentor or a competition judge please contact:

Mary Lou Ewald, Director of Outreach at ewaldml@auburn.edu or 334-844-5745

Game Overview Video


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George Blanks, Ed.D.
Director of K-12 Engineering Outreach
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
2332 Shelby Center
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-5759 (office)
blankgw@auburn.edu
www.eng.auburn.edu
Mary Lou Ewald
Director of Outreach
College of Sciences and Mathematics
131 Sciences Center Classrooms Building
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-5745 (office)
334-444-1513 (cell)
ewaldml@auburn.edu
Hosted by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM)
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