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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.

2014 DATES


Kick-Off

Kick-OffSaturday, September 6, 2014 
10:00 a.m. until Noon
Kelley Gymnasium
Calhoun Community College, Decatur Campus

Mall Day
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Game Day
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. (Registration Begins)
Kelley Gymnasium
Calhoun Community College, Decatur Campus

Thank you to our sponsors Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Decatur Daybreak Rotary Club, TVA, and Friends of BEST, Inc!
Without your support we would not be successful!

 

Contacts

Mark Rose

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

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

Brian Gann
Director of Recruitment, Retention, and Student Services
Calhoun Community College
256.260.2441
bwg@calhoun.edu

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