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, a t-shirt, and lunch. No experience is required to participate and training is provided.
Team mentors work directly with a school's robotics team through the six week "design and construction" phase leading up to the competition itself. Team mentors are generally members of the local community and/or industry with a strong commitment to helping students.
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! Competition judges should be AU graduate students, faculty or STEM professionals.
Event personnel aid in Game Day operations, including areas such as registration, hospitality, merchandise sales, refereeing, and scorekeeping. Anyone can serve as Game Day Personnel. AU undergraduate students are welcome and encouraged to serve as event personel.