About the Competition

How does the competition work?

There are two parallel competitions associated with the BEST program -- the robotics competition and the BEST Award. For the robotics competition, each participating school is provided an identical kit of equipment and parts, a set of game rules, and given six weeks to design, build, and test a Remote Controlled robot that outperforms other robots. Engineers, University faculty members, and other technical professionals from local industry serve as team mentors, advising and guiding students throughout the design and construction of their robot; however, students perform all of the work.

In addition to the robotics competition, students compete for the BEST Award, which is presented to the team that best embodies the concept of “Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology.” The 5 elements of the BEST Award include:

  • Project Engineering Notebook
  • Marketing Presentation
  • Team Exhibit and Interview
  • Spirit and Sportsmanship
  • Robot Performance

The BEST Award competition is optional for schools.

2016 Falcon BEST Awards:

  • BEST Award – 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Robotics Competition – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
  • Founders Award
  • Most Robust Machine
  • BEST Marketing Presentation
  • BEST Engineering Notebook (due by Sept. 30)
  • BEST Exhibit and Interview
  • BEST Spirit and Sportsmanship
  • BEST T-Shirt Design

New for 2016:

  • Most Photogenic Machine
  • Best Web Page Design (due by Sept. 30)
  • Best CAD Design (due by Sept. 30)
  • Best Team Video (due by Sept. 30)
  • Top Gun (most points scored in a single round)

Learn more about BEST Inc., the founding organization and the national competition.