Science and Engineering Area

2014 Alabama Robotics Competition

In the 2014 contest, there were 69 teams participating from 47 different schools (290 overal students competing and over 350 parents/teachers/students attending).

Below are several links and information about the 2014 event.

Award Recipients

The award winners received a textbook from Pearson, a gift card to Best Buy, and a trophy. The following teams and participants received awards at the 2014 event.

Best Sportsmanship Award

Grades K-6

Grades 7-9

Grades 10-12

Volunteers and Organizers

The volunteers and organizers of the 2014 event were:

Keynote Speaker: Markus Seifert - Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI)

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Markus Seifert is currently Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc., (MBUSI) in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, where the M-Class, R-Class and GL-Class sport utility vehicles are built for more than 135 countries.  In 2014, the Tuscaloosa plant will be one of the four global production locations of the successor generation of the current Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and will build these vehicles for the North American market.


Mr. Seifert studied Computer Science at the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) in Germany.  After completing his studies he joined the IT organization at Daimler AG. He worked at different production sites in Germany as well as the smart plant in France. Besides his role as a CIO, Markus Seifert led several Center of Competences (CoC) which designed and developed solutions and systems for Daimler worldwide. One of the CoC’s was in charge for Human-Machine-Interface (HMI) and Machine-Machine-Interface (MMI) applications, as well as process monitoring.

Keynote slides available here.

Additional Surprise Speaker: Hadi Partovi (founder of prepared a special message for all attendees!

2014 Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors for providing support to the 2014 Robotics Contest:

GoogleNational Science Foundation

cts Pearson-EducationServo Magazine