Robotics, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to inspire
middle through high school students to pursue careers in engineering, science
and technology through participation in a sports-like, hands-on, real-world
engineering-based robotics competition. BEST was started by a couple
engineers from Texas Instruments in 1993. The BEST website is http://www.bestinc.org. An overview video is available here. A video of the 2011 Wolverine BEST competition is available here.
Cornerstone wins Northern Plains BEST Regional Competition!
Six teams from Wolverine BEST competed at the Northern Plains BEST regional competition in Fargo, N.D., on Dec. 4-6. Thirty-six teams from six states and Canada participated. Cornerstone Christian Prep won the overall BEST award, the highest honor in the competition. Note that Cornerstone won the overall BEST award at South's BEST regional in Auburn, Ala., two years ago. Mercer High School and Clarion High School also finished in the top 10 for the overall BEST competition.
Wolverine BEST award winners at Northern Plains:
• BEST Award 1st – Cornerstone Christian Prep
• Marketing Presentation 2nd – Family Instructors of the Northern Suburbs (FINS)
• Marketing Presentation 3rd – Cornerstone Christian Prep
• Team Exhibit 2nd – Cornerstone Christian Prep
• Engineering Notebook 2nd – Mercer High School
• Spirit & Sportsmanship 1st – Cornerstone Christian Prep
• Spirit & Sportsmanship 2nd – Family Instructors of the Northern Suburbs (FINS)
• Teamwork 3rd – Mercer High School
Click HERE for a recap of this year's winners.
Wolverine BEST kicked off Saturday, Sept. 6, with the following teams:
Clarion Area High School
Christian Life Academy
Commodore Perry High School
Cornerstone Christian Prep
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Eden Christian Academy
Family Instructors of the North Suburbs (FINS)
Glenoak High School
Grove City High School
Grove City Homeschoolers
Harvest Baptist Academy
Kennedy Catholic High School
Mercer High School
Slippery Rock Middle School
Union Area High School
West Middlesex High School
Mall Day is Saturday, Oct. 4, at Ross Park Mall in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. We will be in the center court from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Game Day is Friday/Saturday, Oct. 17/18. The public is invited to the robot game in the Grove City College Arena (Physical Learning Center on campus) on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We still need volunteers for Friday and Saturday of Game Day. Please contact Zach Jew by email
if you can help. No technical expertise or experience is required – just a willingness to support creative, enthusiastic young people.
Dr. Mike Bright is the Hub Director for Wolverine BEST if you have other questions. He can be reached by email
or phone at 724-450-4095.
Wolverine BEST is offered to schools at no cost. Grove City College sponsors the venues, builds the playing field and provides many of the volunteers. Materials to build the robots and operation costs are provided through the generous support of the following:
Integrated Industrial Technologies, Inc.
Bon Appetit Management Co.
to acknowledge national sponsors of BEST Robotics – Texas Instruments,
MathWorks, VEX, Igus, SolidWorks, HSMWorks, Intelitek, Carnegie Mellon Robotics
Academy, Wolfram and SolidWize.