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2019 Competition: Off the Grid Results

2019 BEST Game Teaser

Link to 2019 Competition Game Teaser https://www.youtube.com/embed/kcaoyXWEDCU?rel=0

Robotics competition rewards innovation

October 31, 2019
Students were tasked with designing and building a robot to repair the electric grid after a catastrophe happens.

Students were tasked with designing and building a robot to repair the electric grid after a catastrophe happens. 

The mission of BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) is to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through participation in a competitive robotics program that fosters knowledge, teamwork, and communication. Students learn to work through the engineering design plan as they develop strong communication skills, effective leadership and teamwork abilities, understand the entrepreneurial process, and comprehend the global business environment.

 The theme of this year’s competition is “Off the Grid”. Students are afforded the opportunity to design, build and test robots to repair the electric grid when catastrophe happens. Maintenance and repair of the power grid is one of the more dangerous occupations, so to help mitigate this problem teams have designed robotic systems to repair aerial high voltage lines and underground buried cables; transport and replace line insulators and transformers; and clear and remove ground debris such as trees and limbs. In addition, robotic systems may be tasked to go into the most dangerous areas where the ambient field levels are so high that the system must autonomously navigate to deliver equipment to the towers.

 The students were shown the nationwide standard playing field and given $1,500 of robotic components September 7, 2019, 42 days before the competition. In that time, they had to build a robot capable of removing debris and repairing the electrical grid.

Teams compete on a local level to advance to the next round, with a final regional competition held at year’s end.

 In addition to the STEM-based robotics competition, there’s also the BEST Award that takes an entrepreneurial slant incorporating marketing, trade booth exhibits and design, community outreach, product pitching and closing the deal.

Troy University BEST Robotics 2019 Game Day Competition Results

Over All

Engineering Notebook

1st Place

Goshen High School

2nd Place 

Pike County Schools Center for Advanced Academics and Accelerated Learning

3rd Place

Abbeville High School

 

Most Robust Robot

Goshen High School

 

Founder's Award for Creative Design 

Enterprise Career and Technology Center

 

Robot Performance

1st Place

Zion Chapel School

2nd Place

Pike County Schools Center for Advanced Academics and Accelerated Learning 

3rd Place

Abbeville High School

 

Blood, Sweat, and Determination

 Valiant Cross Academy

 

BEST Award Category

BEST Award

1st Place

Pike County Schools Center for Advanced Academics and Accelerated Learning

2nd Place

Abbeville High School

3rd Place

Enterprise Career and Technology Center

 

Web Page Design  

1st Place

Thurgood Marshall Middle School

2nd Place

Abbeville High School

3rd Place

Enterprise Career and Technology Center

 

Spirit and Sportsmanship 

1st Place

Pike County Schools Center for Advanced Academics and Accelerated Learning

2nd Place 

Enterprise Career and Technology Center

3rd Place

Thurgood Marshall Middle School


Exhibit in Informal Interviews

Pike County Schools Center for Advanced Academics and Accelerated Learning

Marketing Presentation

Abbeville High School  


Head-to-Head Competition

Head-to-Head Competition Award

1st Place

Goshen High School

2nd Place

Zion Chapel School

Web Page Design

1st Place

Zion Chapel School  

2nd Place

Goshen High School

 

Spirit and Sportsmanship

1st Place

Zion Chapel School

2nd Place

Goshen High School

3rd Place

Valiant Cross Academy

The following teams will represent Troy University BEST Robotics in the South’s BEST Regional Robotics Championship hosted by Auburn University December 7 – 8, 2019: 1) Pike County Schools Center for Advanced Academics and Accelerated Learning, 2) Zion Chapel School, and 3) Abbeville High School. They will compete against teams from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Florida.

Troy University BEST Robotics is free to schools. Providing the venue, materials to build the robots, and the competition and educational models, requires corporate and foundation support. Troy University BEST is fortunate to be supported by a grant from the Missile Defense Agency and financial sponsors Lockheed Martin, Troy University Annual Fund, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, South Alabama Electric Cooperative, Southeast Gas, ACCESS, Troy University College of Education, Conecuh Bridge & Engineering, Inc., Brannon Golden Trucking, LLC, Eric Mucklow, and Folmar Consulting Firm.

It is our mission to expand the number of schools and students that will be able to participate in the Troy University BEST Robotics program. In order to expand our program we must secure additional financial partners. You may visit the Troy University BEST Robotics web page to make your donation today.

 Troy University BEST Robotics Donation  https://www.troy.edu/searic/bestrobotics/sponsors.html

 Team members working in the pit.

Team members working in the pit.

 Team members working in the pit.

More team members working in the pit.

 

 Awards ceremony.

Awards ceremony.

 

 Team participating in the "Parade of Robots".

Team participating in the "Parade of Robots". 

Team competing on the field in the game “Off the Grid”.

Team competing on the field in the game “Off the Grid”.

Team’s robot driver confirming scores with the referee. 

 Team’s robot driver confirming scores with the referee.

Team’s driver and spotter confirming scores with the game referee. 

 Team’s driver and spotter confirming scores with the game referee.

 Awards ceremony.

 Awards ceremony.

 Awards ceremony.

 Awards ceremony.

 Awards ceremony.

 Awards ceremony.

 Team driver, spotter and robot participating on game field “Off the Grid.”

 Team driver, spotter and robot participating on game field “Off the Grid”.

Team participating in the “Parade of Robots”. 

 Team participating in the “Parade of Robots”.

Team members and team mentor working in the pit

Team members and team mentor working in the pit.