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Best Robotics, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/03/2012: Best Robotics, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: BEST ROBOTICS INC

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Auburn University, AL
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Best Robotics, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/03/2012: Best Robotics, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: BEST ROBOTICS INC

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Physical Address: Auburn University, AL 36849 5331
EIN: 75-2733350
Web URL: www.bestinc.org 
NTEE Category: O Youth Development
O99 Other Youth Development N.E.C.
O Youth Development
O11 Single Organization Support
Ruling Year: 1998 


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Mission Statement

BEST is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology, and math through participation in a sports-like, science- and engineering-based robotics competition.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2011)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2011

Total Revenue $265,218
Total Expenses $242,248

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Leadership (GuideStar Exchange,
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Dr. George Blanks

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Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation (IRS Form 990)

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Programs

Program: Boosting Engineering Science and Technology Robotics Competition (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Education
Population Served:
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Program Description:

The program involves having middle and high school students design, build, then demonstrate a robotic machine to play a sports-like "game". Engineers from local industry act as mentors to guide the students in the engineering process, teaming and other business principles. The contest is designed to simulate a real-world business and engineering environment. The contest simulates: 1) Time to Market - through a limited time period (only 6 weeks); 2) Design to Cost - by providing a "kit" of raw materials from which the robot must be designed. No other parts are allowed;  3) Design to Function - by requiring teams to build a robot that meets design restrictions such as size/weight and still performs specific tasks in the game to earn points.   Students learn other aspects of product development such as advertising, fund raising, technical writing, business operations, teamwork and leadership, etc. There are no entry fees and all materials are provided for the participating schools.   There are many hubs (local contest sites) throughout the United States. Each hub sets it's own budget, performs it's own fundraising and executes the local competition.  All hubs use the same game, kit materials and time-frame for the contest, as defined and controlled by BEST Robotics, Inc.  The budget for a typical hub is approximately $1200 per team.  Hubs host from 8 to 32 teams.

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