Each year, BEST Robotics designs a new game centered around a real-world problem. Teams will receive the game details when the competition period begins at Kick-Off nine weeks before competition day. Below is an overview of the competition schedule and the different elements of the competition.

Due to COVID-19, the competition period has been lengthened to nine weeks from the normal six weeks and many events have been moved to a virtual format. The 2020 Montgomery BEST Competition will be held on November 14th.


  • Kick-Off Day (10 September 2020 – Virtual)
  • Practice Day (24 October 2020 – Virtual)
    • Six weeks after kickoff.
  • Competition Day (14 November 2020 – Wetumpka High School)
    • Head to head competition
    • For health safety, limited team attendence and no spectators allowed on site
    • Livestreamed for spectators

Competition Elements

  • Robot Competition – Design, Build, and Drive!
    • Engineering Notebook – Document Your Process and Results
    • Critical Design Review
  • BEST Award Competition – Optional
    • Marketing Presentation
    • Team Exhibit & Interviews
    • Spirit & Sportsmanship (temporarily removed for 2020 competition)
  • Other Optional Elements
    • Autonomous Programming Challenge Award
    • BESTMania Skills Quiz Award
    • Minecraft Challenge Award
    • BEST Robot Modeling Award
    • BEST Engineering Drawings Award
    • BEST Video Design Award
    • BEST Website Design Award

For more information, see the National BEST Robotics Website