BEST Robotic Hub

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What is BEST?

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.

Little Rock BEST hub location

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • 2801 S. University
  • Little Rock, AR. 72204.
  • Free entry

The BEST process

Each school is provided kits of equipment and parts, a set of game rules, and is given six weeks to design, build, and test a small Radio/Controlled (R/C) robot that outperforms other robots. Winning teams from local competition sites (called “hubs”) advance to regional championship sites (“regionals”).

Kick-off information

The Kick-Off Meeting will be held in September in the 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.

BEST materials

Many materials (consumable and returnable kits) will be distributed to attending teams at the conclusion of the Kick-Off Meeting.

Practice day

Practice Day will be held at the UALR Field House to provide all teams an opportunity to test their robots on the actual game field under real game conditions. Each team will have at least one hour to practice and make adjustments.

Game day

Game Day will be held at the UALR’s Jack Stephens Center on November 7th.

Results from the 2014 Little Rock BEST Robotics

  • Spirit & Sportsmanship Award – Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis, TN)
  • Best Rookie Team – Lake Hamilton Junior High School (Hot Springs)
  • Blood, Sweat & Duct Tape Award – Pulaski Heights Middle School (Little Rock)
  • Most Robust Machine Award – Watson Chapel High School (Pine Bluff)
  • Founder’s Award – Parkview High School

Exhibit & Team Interview

  • 1st Place – Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis, TN)
  • 2nd Place – Ridgefield Christian School (Jonesboro)

Robot Performance

  • 1st Place – Athens Bible School (Athens, AL)
  • 2nd Place – West Memphis Christian School
  • 3rd Place – Ridgefield Christian School (Jonesboro)
  • 4th Place – Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & the Arts (Hot Springs)

Engineering Notebook Awards

  • 1st Place – Ridgefield Christian School (Jonesboro)
  • 2nd Place – Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & the Arts (Hot Springs)
  • 3rd Place – Central High School (Little Rock)

BEST Awards

  • 1st Place – Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & the Arts (Hot Springs)
  • 2nd Place – Hillcrest New Tech High School (Strawberry)
  • 3rd Place – Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis, TN)

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