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Tennessee Valley BEST Competition


Tennessee Valley BEST (or “TVB” as it is known) was started in 2003 by a small group of volunteers who worked in the Huntsville area at various engineering based companies. Many were Auburn Engineering graduates. This group continued to run TVB through the 2006 competition, “Laundry Quandary.” In 2007, TVB became a program of Calhoun Community College in partnership with the K-12 Outreach offices of Auburn University’s Ginn College of Engineering and College of Sciences and Mathematics. Fourteen schools from North Alabama and the Birmingham area participated in the 2007 game, “2021: A Robot Odyssey.”

TVB is more than just a partnership between Calhoun and Auburn. Critical to its success is the role played by members of Daybreak Rotary of Decatur and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Huntsville Chapter. Without these individuals and the many local volunteers who serve as judges and event personnel, TVB could not succeed.

In 2008, Calhoun Community College was selected to become the site of the State of Alabama’s much heralded Robotics Center, which will serve as a training facility for industries in North Alabama. TVB factors into the efforts of the Robotics Center as an ideal K-12 workforce development “pipeline” program. Through participation in the BEST program, students develop the ability to work in teams, serve in leadership roles, think analytically, and apply technology in solving complex industrial design problems. Such skills are critical to Alabama’s industries and the development of BEST students’ technological literacy skills will make them prized industry employees.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to impact K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) education across North Alabama and South Central Tennessee through schools’ participation in BEST Robotics. BEST excels at preparing today’s youth to become technologically proficient, thus better prepared leadership roles in tomorrow’s workforce

Game Day Schedule 2013

TV BEST 2013 Updated Competition Agenda

Judging Guidelines for 2013

TV BEST Awards & Judging Policies Part I

TV BEST 2013 Awards & Judging Policies Part II

 

2013 Tennessee Valley BEST Robotics Schedule

TV BEST 2013 Mall Day & Marketing Presentation Schedule



Kick-Off
Saturday, September 14, 2013 
10:00 a.m. until Noon
Kelley Gymnasium
Calhoun Community College, Decatur Campus

Mall Day
Sunday, October 13, 2013
1:00 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Madison Square Mall
Huntsville, Alabama

Game Day
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 8:00 a.m. (Registration Begins)
Kelley Gymnasium
Calhoun Community College, Decatur Campus

 

2013 Volunteer and Judging Sign-Up Forms

If you would like to volunteer to help with the 2013 Tennessee Valley BEST competition, please fill out the approrpriate forms below.

TV BEST 2013 Judging Form.pdf

TV BEST 2013 Competition Volunteer Form.pdf

TV BEST 2013 Event Operations Form.pdf


If you have any questions about the forms, please contact someone from the list of contacts below.

Contacts

Mark Rose

Industrial Maintenance Instructor
Calhoun Community College
256.306.2814
smr@calhoun.edu

Mallory Chandler
Administrative Assistant
Alabama Robotics Technology Park Phase II
Calhoun Community College
256.642.2610
mmc@calhoun.edu

Also, please visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tnvalleybest for updates and pictures!