Over thirty schools recently competed in this year’s BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) robotics competition at Bartow Arena. The competition for sixth thru twelfth graders challenged each team to build a robot from scratch using the engineering design process to perform specific tasks. Each year the competition has a new theme designed to solve a real world problem. This year’s theme was “Pay Dirt” and the goal was to move around a course that represents a mine to find minerals. In addition to the robot competition, teams competed for the BEST award. This is the marketing aspect of the competition where teams attempt to “sell” the robot to the judges.
Among the teams advancing from the Birmingham area are Evangel Christian School, Oak Mountain High, Spain Park High, Homewood High and Homewood Middle. They will compete at the regional level December 5-6 at Auburn University.