Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) is a national, six-week robotics competition held each fall designed to help interest middle school and high school students in possible engineering careers. BEST features two parallel competitions: a robotics game, which is based upon an annual theme with four teams competing at once in a series of three-minute, round-robin matches. The second competition is the BEST Award, which is presented to the team that best embodies the concept of Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology. Elements for the BEST Award include a project summary notebook, oral presentation, table display, and spirit and sportsmanship. Click here to visit Best Robotics website.
The Kick-Off Meeting will be held in September in the UALR EIT Auditorium to introduce the game objectives to teachers (coaches) and students. In addition to confirming registrations with teachers, each team will receive a returnable kit and a consumable kit which contains most of the parts necessary to compete. The Kick-Off Meeting will also include a review of the rules to facilitate teams’ strategies and robot design. Game Day is held at the UALR’s Jack Stephens Center in November. Click here to visit the Little Rock Hub page.
New educational theme/challenge and field each year • Challenge Challenge and field kept secret until Kick Off Day. Playing Playing Playing field is usually usually a 24’ x 24’ configuration configuration. 4 teams compete compete per 3‐minute match. Points awarded awarded awarded awarded for successful successful successful successful completion completion completion completion of tasks. Each team competes competes in 5‐8 matches matches in a preliminary “seeding” round