BEST robotic teams from 24 schools compete Saturday at Auburn University

Published: Oct 8, 2009 3:51:00 PM
Media Contact: Cheryl Cobb, cobbche@auburn.edu, 334.844.2220

On Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Auburn University Student Activities Center, teams from 24 local middle and high schools participating in the 2009 War Eagle BEST competition will put the robots they've been working on for the past six weeks to the test.

War Eagle BEST is co-sponsored by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University.

Six weeks ago, the teams received kits of standardized parts and were given the details of this year's game - High Octane. The game challenges them to design robots that collect and employ common molecules (CO2 and H2O) and essential resources to complete a series of chemical reactions which maximize production of these alternative fuels. Since then, the students have designed and built robots for Saturday's head-to-head competition. A second portion of the competition will test the team's ability to market their creations using presentations, notebooks, displays, T-shirt designs and spirit.

The winning teams from this competition will advance to South's BEST, where they will compete against more than 50 winning teams from 10 other BEST competition hubs in nine states. This East Regional Championship will be held on Dec. 11-12 at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on Auburn's campus.

The public is invited to come see why BEST is the most effective K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education activity in Alabama schools for inspiring students to pursue careers in science and engineering. Admission is free.

For more information, including driving directions, visit www.wareaglebest.org

Note: Winners and photos will be posted to wareaglebest.org on Saturday evening.