BEST Robotics Competition
Lipscomb University’s Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering and Nissan North America present:
2013 Music City BEST Robotics Competition
Saturday, Nov. 9
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public
This annual engineering competition, Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST), involves 14 schools (13 in Tennessee) in a head-to-head robotic test of wills.
Students steer robots they have constructed in class over the past six weeks to complete designated tasks on a game field spread out over the arena floor. Cheerleaders, mascots, friends and family cheer on the mechanical competitors and their drivers. This year, the robots are constructing a faux central processing unit to upgrade the original BEST robot, by moving around wooden dowel rods (“transistors”), coat hangers (“logic gates”) and foam pieces (“components and memory modules”) around the game field.
Regional schools that will participate include Lipscomb Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy, Whites Creek High School, Independence High School, Merrol Hyde Magnet School and Oakland Middle School, among others.
The public is invited to watch these schools’ robots compete and to get a taste of a future engineering career in robotics. Many schools set up themed display booths exploring engineering themes.