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South’s BEST Robotics, sponsored by TVA, comes to UNA

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama is poised to welcome hundreds of high  school teams and students from around the Southeast as part of this year’s South’s BEST  (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics competition.

The Tennessee Valley Authority has signed on as the sponsor for this year’s competition, scheduled for Dec. 1-3.

“A great deal of work and preparation has gone in to cultivating the campus environment that  will greet robotics teams, coaches, and families from around the southeast,” said Dr. Katie Kinney, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “We are thrilled to be able to  welcome them and to showcase the wonderful things happening at UNA.

“TVA is a perfect fit as a sponsor as both UNA and TVA pride ourselves on our STEM-related opportunities.” 

Through participation in BEST’s STEM program, students learn to analyze and solve problems using the Engineering Design Process, which helps them develop technological literacy skills that industry seeks in its workforce.  

“At TVA, we understand that developing energy systems of the future requires strategic  partnerships, programs that enrich the communities we serve, and investments in education and the development of a skilled workforce,” said Jared Mitchem, regional vice president for the TVA. “The University of North Alabama, BEST, and TVA share a  common desire to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well  as pursue careers in those fields.” 


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