Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kick Off Audience Video

Here is a video that hub co-director, Dr. Mike Kennamer shot on his iPhone from the stage just before the game for this year was revealed.Though the video is a little dark you can see that there was plenty of excitement in anticipation for this year's game.

This is Northeast Alabama BEST Robotics largest Kick Off with 12 teams and more than 300 students in attendance. It was held in the Tom Bevill Lyceum, a 750 seat auditorium on the campus of Northeast Alabama Community College.

Monday, September 29, 2014

2014 Kick Off Video Posted

We have posted the 2014 Kick Off Video to our Video Gallery page on this site. Look for additional Kick Off photos to be posted soon. You may check out the video below:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Follow us on Twitter

It's always fun to connect with our BEST teams and team members on Twitter so be sure to follow us so that we can keep up with you during the season. https://twitter.com/northeastalbest

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Like Northeast Alabama BEST on Facebook

We hope that everyone's BEST season is off to a great start! Please connect with us on Facebook and "like" our page so that we can be connected throughout the season. If your team has a page let us know and we will like it also.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Technical Training Day is Today!

There are 63 people registered for Technical Training Day today, taking classes in Solidworks, Easy C, MATLAB, and soldering. Special thanks to instructors Glen Bruce, Jordan Hilyer, Deni Adkins and Dennis Lester for preparing these classes.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Official Q&A is Open!

Don't forget that the Official BEST Q&A is open and may be accessed without a password. You may find it here: http://best.eng.auburn.edu/cgi-bin/bestqna.pl

Remember that this is the FINAL WORD on any game related question. Read the rules first, but if you can't find it there, check it out.

Monday, September 22, 2014

DeKalb County Development Commission is Sponsor

Thanks to the DeKalb County Development Commission for being a sponsor of Northeast Alabama BEST Robotics for the second year. The commission, which distributes TVA in lieu of taxes funds, is comprised of Judge Ronnie Osborn, Senator Shadrack McGill and Representative Todd Greeson.

Our thanks to the Commission for their continued support of BEST Robotics!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

What a (Kick Off) Day!

Wow! What an exciting day. We had far more participants for kick off this year than we have ever had before. The excitement was energizing!

Don't forget that Technical Training Day registration begins this evening at 6:00 pm. Click the link at the top right of this page to register.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Announcing the 2014 BEST Teams!

Northeast Alabama BEST Robotics has announced its roster of teams for 2014:

  • Boaz Middle School
  • Bridgeport Middle School
  • Brindlee Mountain Middle School
  • Cornerstone Christian Academy
  • DeKalb County Technology Center
  • Fort Payne High School
  • Fyffe High School
  • Ider High School
  • Marshall Technical School
  • North Sand Mountain School
  • Pisgah High School
  • Woodville High School
So let's break down the pre-season demographics:

  • 7 public county schools
  • 2 public city schools
  • 1 private school
  • 2 career/tech centers
  • 5 teams from DeKalb County
  • 4 teams from Jackson County
  • 3 teams from Marshall County

School Levels
  • 3 middle schools
  • 2 technical schools
  • 6 high schools (or middle/high combinations)
  • Three flying creatures: 2 Eagles and a Hornet;
  • Four cats: Lions, Wildcats, Panthers and Tigers;
  • One Pirates; and
  • One Bison
Either way, it looks like the season will be an awesome one!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kick Off Day Schedule Posted

 The schedule for Kick Off Day has been posted. Download a printable copy of the schedule here.

Kick Off Day
Location:   Tom Bevill Lyceum, Northeast Alabama Community College
8:30                   Registration Open
(All teams should be registered and seated by 8:55 am)
8:45                                     Theatre Doors Open
9:00                                    Opening Session – Kick Off of 2014 BEST Robotics
9:45                                    General Session:
·       Game Explanation/Scoring – Nicole Carroll
·       Organizing Your Team – Nicole Carroll
·       42 Days of BEST – Mike Kennamer
·       BEST Award Rules and Scoring – Sherry Whitten
11:00                                    Lunch

Location: Industrial Systems Technology Building, NACC Campus
12:00                                    Breakout Sessions 1
The Engineering Process
Deni Adkins
IS 105
Marketing Presentations
Debby Wooten
IS 106
Teacher’s Roundtable (for teachers not in field viewing)
Kit Orientation & Robot Compliance
Nicole Carroll

Dennis Lester
IS 109
Field Viewing A for 6 Teams (maximum 6 per team)
Chris Anderson
IS 110
Field Viewing Schedule
Game Field Orientation/Scoring – Group A
Team 407
Team 406
Team 412

Team 403
Team 408
Team 415

Field Q & A – Group A

1:00                                    Breakout Sessions 2
Project Engineering Notebook
Deni Adkins
IS 105
Team Exhibit
Debby Wooten
IS 106
Teacher’s Roundtable (for teachers not in field viewing)
Kit Orientation & Robot Compliance
Nicole Carroll

Dennis Lester
IS 109
Field Viewing B for 5 Teams (maximum 6 per team)
Chris Anderson
IS 110
Field Viewing Schedule
Game Field Orientation/Scoring – Group B
Team 404
Team 401
Team 411

Team 414
Team 410

Field Q & A – Group B

Monday, September 15, 2014

Marshall Technical School is Registered!

Marshall Technical School has registered for BEST 2014. We are pleased to have Marshall Tech as part of BEST this year.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Preview of Team Badges

Here is a sneak peek at the 2014 Bladerunner game day team passes. Kick Off day is September 20, so the BEST season is just around the corner. We are looking forward to a successful 2014 BEST season.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Field Construction is Underway!

Construction of the playing field for Blade Runner 2014 is underway at a number of undisclosed locations across northeast Alabama. Behind closed doors in secret locations, volunteers are working hard to ready the playing field for the September 20 kick off.
We are excited about this year's game and field, and know that it will provide a challenge and a learning experience for our local teams.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bridgeport Middle School is Registered

We are excited to announce that Bridgeport Middle School is registered for BEST 2014! We welcome back Shannon McClain and her students for another great BEST year. That gives us three middle school teams for this year!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Today is the Last Day to Register!

Today is the last day to register for Northeast Alabama BEST Robotics. If you wish to participate and your team is not yet registered, please visit our Eventbrite site now to register.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Registration Ends September 6

The final days of registration for 2014 Northeast Alabama BEST Robotics are upon us. The deadline to register your team is September 6. We still have a few slots left, so please register your team by clicking here.