A team of 80 middle school students from Seaside Neighborhood School ventured to the University of West Florida in Pensacola Oct. 28 to compete for the Emerald Coast Hub in the 10th annual BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.

Seaside Neighborhood School earned top honors with first place in the BEST Overall award, and took home four additional awards: first place, Spirit & Sportsmanship: first place, Interview & Team Exhibit; first place, Marketing Presentation; and third place, Robotics Game.

This year, the competition included nearly two dozen schools from five counties in the Emerald Coast region. The theme of this year’s competition was “crossfire” and focused on innovation in firefighting and fire safety. Teams had 42 days to build a robot, documenting the engineering process along the way.

Seaside Neighborhood School qualified to advance to the regional championship at South’s BEST Robotics competition, which comprises 16 hubs from the Southeast. It will be one of 58 teams to compete at Auburn University Dec. 2-3.