Wiregrass BEST holds annual Robotics Competition over the weekend

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Some Wiregrass students are learning how to use robotics to save lives.
The theme this year is "Crossfire".
The Wiregrass hub for BEST robotics focused this year’s competition on fire safety.
Ten teams were given only forty-two days to create a robot prototype, business plan, and sales presentation all geared towards a fire rescue.
Wiregrass best board member Stephen Tsukda says the program is much more than just building robots. "We help with public speaking skills, we help with developing how you present a presentation to someone. How to have that conversation when somebody’s maybe asking you different questions and you’re being judged on the criteria that were given" said Tsukuda.
Best in “Wiregrass BEST” is an acronym … it stands for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology.
With the wiregrass hub being a non profit, the competition would not be possible without volunteers and donations.
Stephen says "this is a very expensive program that's free to our schools. All the school get all the materials free, they don't pay us anything, we fund it completely and it costs about thirty thousand dollars."
1st place went to Ridgecrest Christian School
And 2nd place was Wicksburg High School
The following schools will represent the Wiregrass at regionals in Auburn.
They are holding a TEXT to give fundraiser, jut text the word BEST to 41444 to donate an amount of your choice. The funds will go towards next year's season.

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