Students enter the high-octane world of robotics with plastic bearings and cable carriers


Oct 27, 2009

The 17th annual BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics Competition kicks off at BEST hub locations nationwide. This year’s game, called “High Octane,” was unveiled a few months ago as a teaser for more than 800 competing teams.

BEST Inc., a non-profit, volunteer organization, aims to inspire middle and high school students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology through participation in science- and engineering-based robotics competitions. igus aspires to achieve a similar goal through its Y.E.S. (Young Engineers Support) Program by donating products to engineering curriculums and competitions such as BEST Robotics.

In the 2009 competition, BEST teams will have the opportunity to use igus’ Energy Chain cable carriers, DryLinlinear slides, igubal spherical bearings and aluminum shafting.

BEST teams have a total of six weeks to design and build their robots and will unveil their finished products at local events across the U.S. starting in October.

To learn more about BEST, visit To learn more about the Y.E.S. Program, go to