Take plywood and a box filled with items such as PVC pipe, screws and other hardware, an irrigation valve cover, piano wire, aluminum paint grid, a bicycle inner tube, a BRAIN (BEST Robotics Advanced Instruction Node programmable platform), and something called a micro-energy chain system and try, within six weeks, to design and build a functioning machine that can perform certain, specific tasks in three minutes. What do you get?

You get BEST, a middle and high school robotics competition whose mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.

Through participation in our project-based STEM program, students learn to analyze
and solve problems utilizing the Engineering Design Process, which
helps them develop technological literacy skills. It is these skills that industry seeks in its workforce .

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This years game theme is based around ocean pollution.

1.”Between 2000 and 2012, natural disasters caused $1.7 trillion in damage and affected 2.9 billion people.”

2. “Alabama is number 4 for states with the most tornadoes with a average number of 8”

3. The deadliest tornado in Alabama history was on April 27th 2011 which was rated at a EF-5 which resulted in 72 casualties

Here are some sources you can use to find out more about this topic.

https://www.noaa.gov/resource-collections/ocean-pollution

https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-ocean-pollution-facts.php

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/oceans/critical-issues-marine-pollution/