Montgomery, along with Alabama State University is bringing the BEST Robotics Competition to the city of Montgomery—first time ever! The engineering and continuing education programs at Alabama State University will lead this effort for the university. This competition will bring over 1000 future engineers and IT professionals into the Montgomery area. The state of Alabama is home to eleven BEST Robotics hubs, with Montgomery becoming the twelfth. MGMBEST will serve as the BEST hub for middle and high schools in the following Central Alabama counties: Montgomery, Lowndes, Macon, Autauga, and Elmore. The Montgomery BEST Robotic competition will be extremely beneficial to our community in that it helps to teach engineering concepts, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a very interactive, educational yet competitive environment. It is because of our focus on partnerships, the business community and higher learning that we are well positioned to help the city make this a success.
Some Facts about BEST Robotics
• BEST Robotics Inc. (BRI) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization.
• Schools participate at no cost — there is no fee.
• Any school may participate regardless of socioeconomic status, size, or location. Public, private, and home school groups or organizations (that is, not individual families) are welcomed to participate.
• Students are the primary participants and
benefactors. Students perform all of the work;
mentors serve as guides and advisors.
• Engineers and other technical professionals
from local industries serve as team mentors.
• Over 3500 volunteers help run the local competitions and regional championships by serving as event personnel, judges, and team mentors.
As a result of participating in BEST, Students
• Understand the practical use of math concepts and applied physics
• Solve real-world science and engineering problems, training that is transferable to all academic disciplines and career pursuits
• Gain an increased interest in engineering, math, and science
• Understand what engineers do — the
engineering profession is “demystified”
• Experience “design-to-market” product development
• Receive recognition and acclaim typically reserved for their peers in sports
Students become competent and confident in
• Abstract Thinking
• Self-Directed Learning
• Project Management