Vermillion Area Robotics Club

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BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) is a middle and high school robotics program whose mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology. BEST teams have some school association and work together with the guidance of educators and mentors to complete a challenge with miscellaneous hardware and a VEX robot platform.   Teams have six weeks to design, build, and test a robot to outperform other robots. The game objectives and competition field change every year and are revealed to teams on Kick-Off Day. Each team is provided with identical kits of parts and software to take back to their school. After six weeks, teams return with their robot to compete.


BEST has two parallel competitions:

1. Robotics Game: Teams compete in a series of three-minute, round-robin matches using the joystick play only (no autonomous play). Some years alliances with other teams are formed.

2. BEST Competition: The BEST award is presented to the team that best embodies the concept of “Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology.” Elements include the Robotics Game, Project Engineering Notebook, Marketing Presentation, Exhibit & Interview, and Spirit & Sportsmanship.