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Priceville High junior Tim Savoy answers a judge's question about his team's presentation at the South's BEST robotics competition Saturday at Auburn University.
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Priceville High junior Tim Savoy answers a judge's question about his team's presentation at the South's BEST robotics competition Saturday at Auburn University.

Priceville BEST at robotics competition in Auburn

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

The Priceville High School robotics team ditched the all-business attitude when it went to Auburn University this weekend for the South's BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) competition.

The let's-have-fun attitude turned into a winning attitude as Priceville finished first in the South's BEST competition, an award given to the team based on inclusiveness, exposure to and use of the engineering process, sportsmanship, teamwork, creativity, attitude, enthusiasm and school/community involvement.

"In previous years, we were too businesslike," team chief executive officer Logan Cahill said. "This year we tried to be a little more playful and enjoy ourselves a little more."

In October, Priceville finished second to Austin in BEST at the Tennessee Valley BEST competition at The University of Alabama at Huntsville. Cahill said his team edited its notebook, shortened the slide show and perfected the presentation before it went to Auburn.

The year's theme is "Laundry Quandary." The objective was to design and build a remote-controlled robot that earns points when it retrieves dry laundry from clotheslines and places wet laundry on clotheslines within a three-minute period.

The field consists of a central gazebo structure surrounded by four backyards containing four clotheslines of varying heights. Along the outer border there are four back porches isolated from the yard areas with doors that swing out into the yard and close automatically.

Priceville's 51-member team finished sixth, improving one spot from a year ago, in the robotics competition. Priceville also won first in the "Most Robust Robot" competition; third in the "Most Elegant Robot" award; and third in "Founders Award for Creative Design."

Austin High won the BEST Award for best table display and interview.

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