"Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology"
Georgia BEST is a robotics competition for middle and high schoolers. Over the years it has been held, Georgia BEST competition has required participants to design "space elevator" robots that climb poles while carrying heavy cargo, industrial robots that perform complex manipulations on clothes hangars, dowels, and wood puzzle pieces to assemble "CPUs," and biological containment robots that capture moving "bugs." And each year, hundreds of students have used drill presses and CNCs, CAD and programming languages, teamwork and creative thinking, and many more invaluable skills to produce creative, robust, and effective robots.
In addition to building the robots, students must sell their robots- the robots are products to solve the year's challenge. To this end, the students also create presentations, booths, brochures, design notebooks, T-Shirts and many other media to convince a team of judges that their robot is the best product on the market. BEST operates under the philosophy that such experiences in STEM and business should be free for students, and so the competitions have no entry fee and the kits are provided at no cost. For more information, visit https://best.eng.auburn.edu/.