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The University of West Florida College of Science and Engineering hosted the eighth annual Emerald Coast BEST robotics competition at the UWF Field House on Saturday.

BEST, or Boosting Engineering Science and Technology, is a national program with fifty local competition sites in eighteen states. The mission of BEST is to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through participation in a competitive robotics program that fosters knowledge, teamwork, and communication.

Student teams from 18 area high schools and middle schools participated in “Pay Dirt,” a competition in which each team designed and built a robotic system to repair a simulated mine and retrieve its resources. The teams were evaluated based on robot performance, notebooks, marketing presentation, team exhibit, spirit and sportsmanship.

Teams from Pace High School, Seaside Neighborhood School, and Woodham Middle School will advance to the Regional Robotics Championship at South’s BEST, which will be hosted by Auburn University the weekend of December 5-6.

Students from area high schools and middle schools competed in this weekend's BEST robotics competition. (University of West Florida/Special to the Pulse)

Students from area high schools and middle schools competed in this weekend’s BEST robotics competition. (University of West Florida/Special to the Pulse)

Dr. Bradley Regez, program manager and instructor for the UWF Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, leads the Emerald Coast BEST steering committee. Dr. Mohamed Khabou, associate professor and chair of the UWF Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is also a part of the committee along with several other university and community representatives.

“Each year that I am given the chance to participate in the Emerald Coast hub, it’s an opportunity to help students learn,” said Regez. “These kinds of competitions are great for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math because they provide opportunities for hands-on experience and seeing a project from start to finish.”

Sponsors for the 2015 competition included AT&T; Gulf Power; the Northwest Florida chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers; the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; and International Paper. R. Vaughn Nichols, key account manager at Gulf Power, is one of many volunteers that are important to the event’s success.

The Emerald Coast BEST hub is the only one in Florida. The hub is funded completely by corporate and individual sponsorships, which provide each team with a material kit to build the robots. No fees are paid by students or schools that take part in the BEST robotics competitions.

For more information about the Emerald Coast BEST robotics competition, visit uwf.edu/ecbest.

Award winners

Advancing to Regional Robotics Championship:
Robot: Pace High School
BEST 1: Seaside Neighborhood School
BEST 2: Woodham Middle School

Robotics Game Award:
1. Pace High School
2. Tate High School
3. Seaside Neighborhood School
4. Woodham Middle School

BEST Award:
1. Seaside Neighborhood School
2. Woodham Middle School
3. Woodlawn Middle School

T-Shirt Design Award:
1. Pace High School
2. Santa Rosa High School
3. Woodham Middle School

BEST Spirit and Sportsmanship:
1. Woodlawn Beach Middle School
2. Seaside Neighborhood School
3. Woodham Middle School

Best Team Exhibits and Interview:
1. Woodlawn Beach Middle School
2. Seaside Neighborhood School
3. Woodham Middle School

Best Marketing Presentation:
1. Seaside Neighborhood School
2. Woodham Middle School
3. Pensacola High School

Best Project Engineering Notebook:
1. Woodlawn Beach Middle School
2. Creative Learning Academy
3. Seaside Neighborhood School

Software Design and Simulation Award:
1. Tate High School
2. Creative Learning Academy
3. Woodham Middle School

Founders Award for Creative Design: Seaside Neighborhood School
Most Robust Machine: Episcopal Day School
Most Photogenic Machine: Woodlawn Beach Middle School
Gulf Power Blood, Sweat and Duct Tape Award: Pensacola High School
Web Page Design Award: Episcopal Day School

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