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The BEST Award – General Rules

The BEST Award is presented to the team that best embodies the concept of Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology. This concept recognizes that inclusiveness, diversity of participation, exposure to and use of the engineering process, sportsmanship, teamwork, creativity, positive attitude and enthusiasm, and school and community involvement play significant roles in a team’s competitive experience and contribute to student success in the competition beyond winning an award.

In accordance with the BEST philosophy, materials submitted by teams must be the work of students. The involvement of student peers in auxiliary roles to support a school’s official BEST team with the documentation – i.e., journalists, photographers, artists, musicians – is encouraged.

Space constraints at each Regional competition site will determine the number of teams that can compete for the BEST Award (check with the specific guidelines published by each Regional site). In order for a team to be eligible to compete for the BEST Award at any of the Regional competitions, the team: (1) must have competed for the BEST Award at their local hub competition, and (2) must agree to compete in all five of the BEST Award categories at the Regional competition.

Judging Evaluation and Criteria
Evaluation of competitors will be based on the criteria outlined in these guidelines. An evaluation score of a total possible 100 points will be composed of the following:
• Category I -       Project Engineering Notebook (mandatory for ALL teams, including teams NOT competing in the BEST Award)
• Category II -       Marketing Presentation (at hub’s discretion for BEST Award inclusion)
• Category III -     Team Exhibit and Interviews (at hub’s discretion for BEST Award inclusion)
• Category IV -    Spirit and Sportsmanship (mandatory for all BEST Award teams)
• Category V -     Robot Performance (mandatory for all BEST Award teams)

Hubs are required to judge at least four of the above five categories using one of the following scenarios:

Scenario 1: (preferred)


Judging Category

Point Value

Project Engineering Notebook

30 points

Marketing Presentation

25 points

Team Exhibit and Interviews

20 points

Spirit and Sportsmanship

10 points

Robot Performance

15 points

Total

100 points

 

Scenario 2:


Judging Category

Point Value

Project Engineering Notebook

30 points

Marketing Presentation

25 points

Spirit and Sportsmanship

10 points

Robot Performance

15 points

Total

80 points

 

Scenario 3:


Judging Category

Point Value

Project Engineering Notebook

30 points

Team Exhibit and Interviews

20 points

Spirit and Sportsmanship

10 points

Robot Performance

15 points

Total

  • 75 points

 

Judging Procedure

  • A distinguished team of judges from private and public sectors with technical and non-technical expertise will evaluate teams. Judges will serve on a rotation schedule.
  • As each team completes a category, it will be assigned a category score that is the average of individual scores of the judges reviewing it.
  • Teams should know in advance that scores among many teams frequently differ by only fractions of a point.

Judging Results

  • Each advancing team will be mailed a copy of its score sheets following their local competition. Score sheets of non-advancing teams will be mailed upon request.
  • Teams advancing to the Regional championships can use judges’ comments to make improvements as they wish.