Student Volunteers Needed for BEST Robotics Competition

Published: Jan 11, 2007 8:43:54 AM
Media Contact: Cheryl Cobb, cobbche@auburn.edu, 334.844.2220

The South's BEST wants you!

Come find out what all the excitement is about. If you're interested in robots, secondary education or just plain fun, BEST needs your help.

BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) links educators with industry to provide middle and high school students with a glimpse of the exciting world of robotics, with the goal of inspiring and interesting them in engineering, math and science careers.

This year, 6,500 students from more than 600 high schools and middle schools in the eastern U.S. will compete at 26 BEST sites in ten states. The students have six weeks to design and build a remote-controlled robot from a sponsor-provided kit of standardized parts. The winners of these competitions will fill Beard-Eaves Coliseum November 19 - 20 for the regional finals - The South's BEST.

Volunteers are needed to help with this competition. No experience is required, just a willingness to help and have fun. The competition includes head-to-head robotics matches, displays and presentations. Volunteers must be able to attend a training/orientation session the week of the competition.

To learn more, contact:
Mary Lou Ewald
Phone: (334) 844-5754
E-mail: ewaldml@auburn.edu.