Thursday, December 27, 2012

Got the After Christmas Blahs? Here's a Project for You!

You've attended all the parties. Eaten all the meals. Opened all the gifts. You are already bored with your Furby. So now what?

Why don't you build a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV)? How about one that you can operate underwater? Take a look at this video that shows how OpenROV will soon make that a possibility.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Want a Sneak Peek at Next Year's Game Teaser?

Those of you who were at South's BEST already saw it! But Jubilee BEST (Mobile, AL), which is designing the 2013 game, has posted the teaser on their website. We have been unable to embed it here, but you may follow this link to Jubilee BEST's site to check it out!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Need Help Wrapping Gifts? Robots to the Rescue!

Are you one of those people who hates wrapping gifts? Or perhaps you are just short on time and need a little help? Perhaps this promo from GM will inspire you to program a robot to take care of your gift wrapping duties. Now if it would only do the shopping for us...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Think Glass is Boring? Think Again.

While this video is not directly related to robotics, the people who will design and build items like these will need the same type of skills that are learned through BEST Robotics.

So you think this is too futuristic and unreal? Ask your parents or grandparents about how futuristic the technology we have today would have seemed when they were in high school.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kit Survey Available

Students, teachers and mentors who participated in Warp XX are asked to complete a brief survey regarding your kit for the 2012 game. This is not the same survey that asked you which parts you used and did not use. The survey may be accessed here. 

Please be sure to select Northeast Alabama BEST as your hub and complete this survey for the folks at BEST Robotics, Inc.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2012 Game Survey Available

Did you participate in Warp XX as a student, teacher, or mentor? If so, please share your thoughts about the game with BEST Robotics, Inc. officials by participating in an online survey. The survey is located here.

Your input is welcomed and appreciated.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

iRobot 110 Recon Robot

The iRobot 110 Recon robot was recently named in the Best of What's New: 2012 by Popular Science. Do you think that the skills learned in BEST Robotics would be helpful in working for a company like iRobot to build robots or to drive robots for a military, intelligence, or law enforcement agency?

See the iRobot 110 in action here.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sand Flea Jumping Robot

Popular Science magazine recently announced their Best of What's New Award winners. Topping the list of security products is the Sand Flea, a jumping robot built by Boston Dynamics. Check out this video to see what the Sand Flea can do.

 Be sure to check out the Boston Dynamics website to see a world of innovative robotic products!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Article About South's BEST Robot Competition Winner

Click this link to view an article about St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Tillman's Corner, AL (Jubilee BEST). This middle school team won first place in the robot competition in South's BEST.

Congratulations to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School and kudos to and The Press-Register for highlighting BEST Robotics in this way!

Monday, December 3, 2012

South's BEST Results

What a great weekend! The 2012 BEST Robotics season is officially over with the conclusion of South's BEST last evening. We are so proud of our Northeast Alabama BEST hub teams! They represented our area with class, dignity, and style.

In the seeding rounds, Marshall Technical School finished 10th, securing a spot in the semi-finals. Fyffe High School finished a very respectable 28th (out of 57). Due to the quality of their engineering notebook, Fyffe competed in the wild card round in which the 8 teams with the best engineering notebooks (that had not already advanced to the semi-finals) competed for two spots in the semi-finals. While Fyffe was not one of the teams that advanced to the semi-finals, they should be congratulated for a strong showing in their first South's BEST competition.

The top four teams in the semi-finals advance to the finals. Unfortunately, Marshall Technical School did not finish in the top four, but did take top honors for Most Robust Robot, meaning that of all 57 teams in the competition, their robot was selected as the one that was most dependable and trouble-free.

Here is the complete listing of awards:

BEST Award

  • 1st Place:  Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy (Wolverine BEST)
  • 2nd Place: Holy Cross (NOLA BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Decatur Austin Robotics Coalition (Tennessee Valley BEST)


  • 1st Place:  St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School (Jubilee BEST)   
  •  2nd Place: Holy Cross (NOLA BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Spain Park High School (Blazer BEST)
  • Finalist:  Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Tech. (Georgia BEST)

 Middle School Awards
  • BEST Award – Seaside Neighborhood Middle School (Emerald Coast BEST)
  • Robotics – St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School (Jubilee BEST)
Project Engineering Notebook
  • 1st Place:  Faith Academy (Jubilee BEST)
  • 2nd Place: Wicksburg High School (Wiregrass BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Louis P. Slade Middle School (Connecticut BEST)
Marketing Presentation
  • 1st Place:  Spain Park High School (Blazer BEST)
  • 2nd Place: W.P. Davidson High School (Jubilee BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy (Wolverine BEST)
 Team Exhibit and Interview
  • 1st Place:  Holy Cross (NOLA BEST)
  • 2nd Place: Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy (Wolverine BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Spain Park High School (Blazer BEST)
 Spirit and Sportsmanship
  • 1st Place:  Wetumpka High School (War Eagle BEST)
  • 2nd Place: Merrol Hyde Magnet School (Music City BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Oak Mountain High School (Blazer BEST)

Team Exhibit Design and Construction Award
  • 1st Place:  North Cobb Christian School (Georgia BEST)
  • 2nd Place: Millsaps (Mississippi BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Central Magnet School (Music City BEST)
 Founders Award for Creative Design
  • 1st Place:  Decatur Austin Robotics Coalition (Tennessee Valley BEST)
  • 2nd Place: Allen Thornton Career Technical Center (Northwest AL BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy (Wolverine BEST)
 Most Elegant Robot
  • 1st Place:  Spain Park High School (Blazer BEST)
  • 2nd Place: Holy Cross (NOLA BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Central Magnet School (Music City BEST)
 Most Robust Robot
  • 1st Place:  Marshall Technical School (Northeast AL BEST) 
  • 2nd Place: Hope Academy (Central AL BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Spain Park High School (Blazer BEST)

Most Photogenic Robot
  • 1st Place:  Louis P. Slade Middle School (Connecticut BEST)
  • 2nd Place: Allen Thornton Career Technical Center (Northwest AL BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  LeCroy STEM Academy (Blazer BEST)
Team Video
  • 1st Place:  Seaside Neighborhood Middle School (Emerald Coast BEST)
  • 2nd Place: W.P. Davidson High School (Jubilee BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Merrol Hyde Magnet School (Music City BEST)
 SolidWorks CAD Design Award
  • 1st Place:  W.P. Davidson High School (Jubilee BEST)
  • 2nd Place: Tuscaloosa Christian School (Shelton State BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Athens Bible School (Tennessee Valley BEST)
 Web page Design
  • 1st Place:  Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Tech. (Georgia BEST)
  • 2nd Place: Athens Bible School (Tennessee Valley BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Miss Porters School (Connecticut BEST)
 Game T-shirt Design
  • 1st Place:  St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School (Jubilee BEST)
  • 2nd Place: Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School (War Eagle BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Saint James School (War Eagle BEST)
 Best Team Mascot
  • 1st Place:  Keith Middle/High School (Selma BEST)
  • 2nd Place: Holly Pond High School (North AL BEST)
  • 3rd Place:  Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy (Wolverine BEST)
 igus Top Gun Award (scored most points in a single round of competition)
  • Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology (Georgia BEST)

Briggs and Stratton South’s BEST Teacher of the Year
  • Susan Haddock – Austin High School (Tennessee Valley BEST)
  • Virginia Vilardi – Wetumpka High School (War Eagle BEST)
  • Wilma Whateley – Holly Pond High School (North AL BEST)
 Jim Westmoreland Memorial Judges Award
  • Gary West (Southern Research Institute, Birmingham, AL)
  • Dr. Bob Ashurst (Dept. Chemical Engineering, Auburn University)
 South’s BEST Volunteer of the Year
  • Bryan McMeen (AFLAC)
  • Vaughn Nichols  (Gulf Coast Power)
 Congratulations to all who competed at South's BEST!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fyffe and Marshall Tech Teams Prep for South's BEST

Winning teams from the Northeast Alabama BEST Robotics hub are making last minute preparations for South's BEST, to be held in Auburn December 1-2.

After winning first place in BEST Award and Robot Competition, Marshall Technical School will compete for the BEST Award at South's BEST. They have been busy making final adjustments to their robot as well as practicing their marketing presentation and honing robot driving skills.

Fyffe High School will compete in South's BEST for the first time. As second place BEST Award winner at Northeast Alabama BEST, Fyffe will compete in the BEST Award at South's BEST. They too are making last minute adjustments to their robot and are fine tuning their marketing presentation.

We wish both teams the BEST as they travel to Auburn this weekend for South's BEST!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

NACC Engineering Tech Students Design Robot

Engineering Technician students at Northeast Alabama Community College recently designed and built an autonomous, line-following garbage can delivery and retrieval robot. This project, part of the ENT 242 - Advanced Studies in Engineering Technology class, allows students to build projects that apply the knowledge and skills to practical situations in engineering technology. According to instructor, Deni Adkins, the design challenge came from a real-life situation wherein someone is no longer able to take their garbage can to the road. Students were challenged to design and build a prototype that would solve the challenge. The robot is programmed to follow a path (a black line) to from the starting point to the end point (at the road) and return to the starting point.

The instructor, Deni Adkins, provided the video.

The Engineering Technician program at NACC provides students to be the eyes, ears, hands and feet of engineers. It includes courses in electrical, programmable logic controls, mechanical, structural, materials, and project management, as well as quality and productivity. By understanding the language of engineering and various industrial systems, the engineering technician can assist engineers in designing, testing, building, operating and maintaining systems in aerospace, energy, manufacturing, construction, and consulting.

Engineering technicians rely on a strong background in math and science coupled with an understanding of engineering concepts to support the work of engineers. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, of the 77 fastest growing occupations requiring postsecondary training or an associate's degree, at least 10 are in an engineering technician field.

Are you interested in becoming an engineering technician? If so, contact Mrs. Deni Adkins at 256-228-6001, ext. 2816 or 256-638-4418, ext. 2816 or via email.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Northeast Alabama BEST in the News!

The Daily Sentinel, of Scottsboro, posted this article today regarding Northeast Alabama BEST Robotics.

TVA Contributes to BEST Robotics Program

We thank The Daily Sentinel for publishing this article!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

News Article About BEST and TVA Released

Northeast Alabama Community College recently released a news article about TVA's contribution to Northeast Alabama BEST. You may read it here and through local news outlets.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Winning Teams Featured in Local Papers

Both Northeast Alabama BEST teams advancing to South's BEST were featured in their respective local newspapers recently.

Fyffe High School's Robotics team was featured in The Times Journal on November 8.

Marshall Technical School's team was featured on the back page (the whole back page) of a recent edition of The Advertiser Gleam.

Unfortunately, The Advertiser Gleam does not have an online edition and The Times Journal site requires a subscription, so we are unable to provide links to these stories.

Congratulations to both teams for this positive publicity for their schools.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Seeking 2013 Sponsors

Northeast Alabama BEST Robotics is now seeking sponsors for 2013. With a year of experience under our belt, we hope to open the competition to more schools next year, add additional training opportunities, and provide additional opportunities for young people to become excited about science and math. But expanding the program requires additional funds and additional volunteers.

We will be posting new sponsorship information in the coming days. As always, let us know if a hub representative can visit to tell you more about BEST Robotics and the way it changes lives.

Monday, November 5, 2012

DeKalb County Technology Center Winning T Shirt Design

The DeKalb County Technology Center won the Berry and Dunn Office Equipment BEST T Shirt Design award.

The DCTC design features the WarpXX space elevator theme on the front and the BEST Inc. and sponsor logos on the back. 

Congratulations to all the teams who submitted T shirt designs. They were all excellent. Check out all the T Shirt designs by visiting our photo gallery.

2012 Game Day Photos Posted

Several photos from Game Day 2012 have been posted on the Photos page of this site. Some of the photos are featured in this Game Day slide show.

Does your team have photos to share? Send them to us and we will post them.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Photos from Warp XX 2012 Coming Soon

Keep a watch for all the photos from Warp XX 2012 Game Day coming soon. Here is a preview of some intense pit action from a Pisgah High School team member.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Interested in Participating in 2013? Let us know...

In its inaugural year, Northeast Alabama BEST prepared to accept 12 teams. Ten teams participated.

The leadership of Northeast Alabama BEST will soon make decisions regarding how many teams to accept for the 2013 BEST season. Since the hub purchases the kits and supplies (at a cost of approximately $1,200 per team), Northeast Alabama BEST officials need to plan and raise funds now for any new teams that will participate in 2013.

If you plan to participate in 2013, please contact Nicole Carroll to let her know of your interest. This will do two things. First, it will help the leadership team to plan for the 2013 season. Second, Nicole will add your contact information to our email list so that you will be kept informed of any upcoming workshops or training.

Want to know more about BEST? Schedule a time for BEST team members to visit your school or classroom to talk about BEST. 

Warp XX - 2012 was great, but we are looking forward to what 2013 brings!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Want to See Some Great Competition? Visit South's BEST

Some have asked if they can visit South's BEST as a spectator, to learn more about BEST and to make plans for next year. Absolutely! Here is the South's BEST website in which you may find the schedule for South's BEST. Come out and support our Northeast Alabama BEST teams while learning how your team can be more competitive next year.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Kit Return Instructions

Teams not advancing to South's BEST should set up a time with Nicole Carroll to return their kits this week. Kits should be returned in the condition in which they were received. If you are interested in purchasing your kit, please let Nicole Carroll know. 

Nicole may be contacted at 256-228-6001, ext. 2254 or

2012 Warp XX Results

What a great day of fun and competition! While all of our teams are winners, here is a rundown of the awards given:
  • Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Most Photogenic Robot - Scottsboro High School
  • Northeast Alabama Community College Best CAD Design - Fyffe High School
  • Rainsville Chamber of Commerce Best Rookie Team - Fort Payne High School 
  • Urethane Supply Company Blood, Sweat, and Duct Tape Award - Pisgah High School
  • Scottsboro Kiwanis Club Spirit & Sportsmanship Award - Marshall Technical School
  • Berry & Dunn Office Equipment Best T-Shirt Design Award - DeKalb County Technology Center
  • Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative Most Economical Design Award - Fort Payne High School
  • Alabama Technology Network Best Project Engineering Notebook - Ider High School
  • Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce Best Team Exhibit & Interview - Marshall Technical School
  • Greater Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Best Marketing Presentation - Fyffe High School
  • Tennessee Valley Authority Most Robust Machine Award - Marshall Technical School
  • Tennessee Valley Authority Top Gun Award - Marshall Technical School
  • Founder's Award for Creative Design - DeKalb County Technology Center
  • Robot Competition Finalist - Ider High School
Robot Competition
  1. Marshall Technical School
  2. Scottsboro High School
  3. Fort Payne High School
BEST Award
  1. Marshall Technical School
  2. Fyffe High School
  3. Ider High School
Teams advance to South's BEST in Auburn based on the following schedule:
  • First Place BEST Award
  • First Place Robot
  • Second Place BEST Award
  • Second Place Robot
  • And so on...
Since Northeast Alabama BEST has two slots at South's BEST, Marshall Technical School (First Place BEST Award and First Place Robot) and Fyffe High School (Second Place BEST Award) will advance to Auburn.

Congratulations to all the students and teams for their outstanding performance, intelligence, drive and spirit.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Today is The Day!

Did you ever think that six weeks could pass by so quickly?

Welcome to Game Day 2012! Here are some key items for you to remember:

  • While doors open to the public at 11:30, teams may come in earlier to finish their exhibit booths.
  • We will allow up to 10 minutes on the field for teams who may need to do some last minute fine tuning. This will take place between 9 am and 10 am.
  • The main teacher/coach should sign in upon arrival and pick up name badges and Tshirts for your team. We are providing each team member (as stated on your roster) a free Tshirt compliments of our sponsors. Additional shirts may be purchased for $10 each at the registration table. 
  • A mandatory teacher meeting will take place at 12:00 noon. The main teacher for each team should attend. 
  • Two students must take the robot to the pit for compliance check. The scheduled time is 11:30 - 12:30, but we may start compliance checks early if your team is ready. Please note that once the compliance check is completed, the robot must stay in the pit. 
  • A mandatory driver's meeting will take place at 1:00 pm. Anyone who might be in the pit anytime during the day must attend. This includes drivers, spotters, mentors, and teachers. 
  • At 1:20 pm, the pit and exhibit area will be cleared. All teams should report to the exit door nearest the snack bar. 
  • At 1:30 pm, the opening ceremony will begin. All teams must participate. 
  • From that point forward, pit passes are required for entry to the arena. 
  • Only the northeast entrance to the arena will be accessible. You must have a pit pass for entrance.
And most importantly, please remember this:

  1. It is about the kids. 
  2. It is about learning.
  3. It is NOT about winning at any cost. 
  4. No whining. 
  5. Oh, and READ THE RULES!
Let's have a great game day!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Additional Practice Time Announced

Due to a number of requests, we will allow teams to practice on the field the morning of game day from 9:00 am until 10:00 am. Times will be limited to 10 minutes per team and will be on a first come first served basis.

Have a Coke and a Smile!

Our friends at the Friends of BEST in Alabama posted this video to their site. We thought you might enjoy it.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thanks to Sponsor 4imprint

Thanks to our sponsor, 4imprint, for providing the name badge holders for competition this weekend. We are excited to have 4imprint as a sponsor of Northeast Alabama BEST Robotics!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Article Featuring Marshall Technical School's BEST Team

Be sure to check out this article in the Sand Mountain Reporter about Marshall Technical School's BEST Robotics team.

Congratulations to Marshall Technical School for this excellent publicity!

Soyuz Rocket Enroute to Space Station

While there will be a lot of "space travel" going on Saturday at Northeast Alabama BEST's game day, it would be easy for us to forget that some real space travel occurred today as the Soyuz TMA-06M blasted off from Site 31 in Kazakhstan. The crew includes two Russian cosmonauts and a U.S. astronaut. Among the payload, 32 medaka fish bound for a zero-gravity research aquarium.

Check out the CBS article here.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Final Game Week Schedule Posted

The final game week schedule has been posted to the Team Resources section of this site, and is available in this post.

Competition Schedule

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Northeast Alabama Community College - Rainsville

12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.     Sales and Marketing Presentations

  • Presentations will take place at Northeast Alabama Community College. 
  •  Arrive in the front lobby of the Workforce Development Building at least 15 minutes prior to your presentation. 
  • All teams will check-in in the front lobby and be prepared to enter the presentation room five minutes prior to their time slot. 
  • Teams waiting to make their presentations should keep noise to a minimum out of respect for other presenting teams. 
  • We will have presentations every 30 minutes. We are on an extremely tight schedule…please be on time! 
  •  Do not exceed eight people in the room as per the BEST Award Rules. 
  •  The room will be equipped with a screen, projector, and computer, which may be used if desired. Alternately, teams may bring a laptop computer and plug into the classroom system. The hub will not be responsible for incompatibility issues due to different versions of PowerPoint.

12:30 pm         Ider High School
1:00 pm           DeKalb County Technology Center
1:30 pm           Fort Payne High School
2:00 pm           Pisgah High School
2:30 pm           Marshall Technical School
3:00 pm           Woodville High School
3:30 pm           Open
4:00 pm           Scottsboro High School
4:30 pm           Open
5:00 pm           Fyffe High School
5:30 pm           Judges Meeting

Friday, October 26, 2012
Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.       Exhibit Booth Setup and Driving Practice
Exhibit Booth Setup

  • Teams may begin setting up their Team Exhibit beginning at 1 p.m. and must be complete by 6:00 p.m. 
  •  Exhibit booths must fit within a designated 8’ x 8’ x 8’ space. 
  • ALL booth material must fit through the standard doorway. Please make sure that you are able to break your booth down into pieces small enough to fit through a standard doorway. 
  • Booth space will be allocated by team number. Northeast Alabama BEST staff will direct exhibit team leaders to their booth space. 
  •  Please bring a heavy duty extension cord and power strip if you choose to have electricity in your booth. Extension cords of up to 50 feet may be needed to access power for your booth. POWER ACCESS IS EXTREMELY LIMITED IN THE FACILITY. PLEASE USE ELECTRICAL OUTLETS SPARINGLY. 
  •  Please bring garbage bags and other clean-up materials with you and please maintain a clean area in and around your booth. WE EXPECT ALL TEAMS TO LEAVE THE FACILITY SPOTLESS WHEN WE LEAVE! 
  • Food items are not allowed as give-aways as per the BEST Award rules. 
  • Live animals are not allowed as part of your exhibit due to health and safety concerns.

Driving Practice

  • Teams may practice driving on the game field beginning at 1 p.m. 
  •  Driving time will be allowed in 30-minute increments on a first come, first served basis. Teams who have already had driving practice time will be asked to yield the field to other teams if more than four are on site for practice at a given time. 
  • The facility will close promptly at 6:00 p.m.

 Game Day Schedule
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center

11:30 a.m.                         Doors Open
·        Lunch will not be served, but concessions will be available for purchase throughout the day. We recommend that drivers and spotters eat before arrival or immediately after arrival.  

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Registration
·         Teacher/mentor in charge of Game Day must register upon arrival
·         Each team will receive the following in your registration packet:

  • Return of your engineering notebook (this must be in your exhibit all day)  
  • Six Pit Passes for drivers and mentors (At least five of these passes must be issued to students. One may be used for a teacher or mentor. NO others will be granted access. Pit passes must be worn at all times while in the pit.) 
  • Wrist bands for drivers - Numbered bands will designate driving order. 
  • Wrist band for team representative – This wrist band will be placed on the one student who is designated to speak to the Field Boss regarding any questions or disputes. According to BEST rules, team members may not question referees. All questions must be referred to the Field Boss through the Team Representative.Access to the pit will take place only at the northeast gate ONLY. Do not use other access points to the pit/field area.   
  •  Each team will complete a Driver Roster at check-in. Teams must adhere to this list and the order throughout game day. All drivers will receive an arm band that will determine their rotation. Drivers must also wear a pit pass when competing or in the pit.

 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Compliance Check-in and Pit Set-up

  • All teams must be robot compliant or the team will not be able to compete. Read the rules carefully! 
  • Any team that is not compliant will be given the opportunity to go outside and rebuild, make adjustments, whatever it takes to become legal. We want teams to compete! 
  •  Each team will be provided a table to keep their robot and tool box at all day in the pit. 
  •  A battery charging station will be located in the pit area. Teams need to bring their own battery charger and are responsible for charging their own batteries. 
  •  Tables will be set up in the pit area for simple tools. Saws, drills, etc. must remain outside. 
  • Compliance staff will be on hand to assist and answer any questions.

1:00 p.m.                          Driver’s Meeting

  • ALL drivers should be in the pit by 12:50 p.m. There will be a driver’s meeting at 1:00 p.m. to review rules for the day. Attendance is mandatory for all drivers.

1:20 p.m.                          Line Up for Opening Ceremony

  • All team members should go outside to south side of building to line up for the opening ceremony. We will line up in team number order.

1:30 p.m.                          Opening Ceremony!

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       Robot Competition Rounds and Exhibits Open

  • Seeding rounds continue leading into semifinal and final rounds 
  • Please keep your exhibit booth manned at all times 
  • Be ready for spirit breaks by bands, cheers from your cheerleaders, mascot dance-off, and other fun stuff!

4:30 p.m.                          Exhibit breakdown may begin

  • All exhibits must be removed by 6:30 p.m. 
  • All booth parts and trash needs to go home with you!

6:00 p.m.                          Awards Ceremony (TIME IS APPROXIMATE)

Mandatory meeting of teams advancing to South’s BEST will be held after the awards ceremony.

NOTES: Very important!! Please read the following to your students:

  • MUST WEAR SHIRTS AND NO BODY PAINT! Face painting and tattoos are acceptable. 
  • No large flags please (such as those seen at football games). Large flags obstruct the view of others. 
  • Only Northeast Alabama BEST volunteers, judges, and VIPs with credentials are allowed in the Hospitality Room. 
  • No Frisbees, beach balls, or items that may end up on the playing field will be allowed. This is to ensure no interference with the playing field. 
  • No walkie-talkies allowed in the pit and game area. 
  • Leave the facility cleaner than you found it. Please take all trash, materials, etc. with you when you leave. 
  • You are encouraged to bring pep bands, cheerleaders, parents, siblings, friends, relatives, mascots, and school officials to cheer you on. All fans will be seated in the bleachers at the south end of the facility.

New Sponsor: Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative

Thanks to our newest sponsor, Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative. Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative is an electric distribution utility serving more than 30,000 consumers in portions of DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall and Cherokee counties. Organized in 1940 for the benefit of providing electric service to the people in rural areas at the lowest cost possible, the cooperative is also a working partner for economic and environmental growth in the communities it serves. We thank Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative for its support.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Practice Day Photos Posted

New photos of practice day have been posted. Check them out by clicking on "Photos" on the menu bar. BEST Practice-8699

Thursday, October 18, 2012

DeKalb County Tech Center Team in the Times Journal

Congratulations to the DeKalb County Technology Center team, which was featured in the Times Journal today. Here is a link to the article.

If any other teams are featured in their local newspaper, please let hub officials know so links may be posted on this page.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Read the Rules!

With practice day less than 48 hours away and game day so close you can taste it, here's a word of advice for everyone: READ THE RULES. Everyone has worked too hard to jeopardize a great finish for BEST 2012 by missing some small detail in the rules.

As suggested in Kickoff Day, each team should have a rules guru who keeps the team on track with the rules. So what should you do? READ THE RULES!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Practice Day Schedule - October 18

The Practice Day Schedule has been posted on the Team Resources page and is shown here for your convenience. Please remember that Engineering Notebooks are due no later than 4 pm on October 18. You must turn in a hard copy and email an electronic copy (PDF preferred) to Nicole Carroll.

Practice Day Schedule
October 18, 2012
Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center
Rainsville, Alabama

Left Tower
Right Tower

Red or Yellow
Blue or Green
Fort Payne High School
Fyffe High School
Fyffe High School
Fort Payne High School
Marshall Technical School
Ider High School
Ider High School
Marshall Technical School
Woodville High School
Pisgah High School
Pisgah High School
Woodville High School
DeKalb County Technology Center
North Jackson High School
North Jackson High School
DeKalb County Technology Center
Scottsboro High School
North Sand Mountain High School
North Sand Mountain High School
Scottsboro High School

·         Project Engineering Notebooks are due at Practice Day. Each team must submit one hard copy and one electronic copy (via email to no later than 4:00 pm on October 18, 2012.
·         Each team will receive one hour to practice on the (from the audience perspective) left tower and one hour on the right tower. 

·         Lunch is not provided on practice day. 

·         Practice day is part of the Made in DeKalb Expo. Teams are encouraged to come early and stay late to participate in Made in DeKalb events. Made in DeKalb is open to the public from 3-6 pm.