Boosting Engineering Science and Technology

BEST is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science and engineering-based robotics competition. Each year features a new game with themes ranging from nanotechnology used in the medical field to Martian supply carriers. The yearly competition simulates two real-world activities: the design and construction of a robot to complete a specific task and the development of a marketing plan to sell the robot.

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Azalea City BEST was started in 2004 and renamed to Jubilee BEST in 2006. Jubilee BEST is made up of 30 schools from southern Alabama. Initially, Jubilee grew too fast, and schools from the Florida Panhandle formed Emerald Coast BEST. The Jubilee BEST Director is Robin Fenton, who is now a member of BEST's national board of directors. Each year, Jubilee BEST is very successful at South's BEST, winning several high-ranking awards.

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       Jubilee BEST

In 2001, Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and College of Sciences and Mathematics jointly created a local BEST hub, Alabama BEST, as an effort to "grow" future engineers, scientists, and technical professionals to meet the future needs of business and industry in the state. Alabama BEST made a tremendous impact in its first year as a BEST competition site. Word of the competition spread throughout Alabama and even across state lines as more organizations and universities wanted to know how to start BEST competitions in their communities. Alabama BEST became South's BEST, serving hubs east of the Mississippi River. It grew from those first 36 teams to 50 teams from 11 hubs in 2008.

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South's BEST

BEST 2013: Gatekeeper

     This year's theme is Gatekeeper. The objective is to create a robotic prototype that will upgrade BEST Robotics' first robot, Squeaky. The prototype must build transistors and logic gates and assemble them into Central Processing Unit (CPU) components to efficiently create a CPU. This must be done within eight three minute intervals. The image to the right shows the Gatekeeper field.

     The Gatekeeper assembly field is arranged in a 24 by 24 foot square, which is divided into four 12 by 12 foot quadrants. In each quadrant, there are 4 assembly areas: a robot trolley, Gate Fabrication, Integrated Circuit (IC) Fabrication, and CPU Fabrication. In Gate Fabrication, the robot must collect and place transistors in the designated receptacles, using specific combinations to be converted into logic gates. In IC Fabrication, the robot must collect the logic gates and place them in different combinations to form ICs. The robot must then progress to the CPU Fabrication stage, where it must place the ICs into CPU components. Once these components are made, the CPU will be finished.