For more information, please visit the BEST Robotics official website.
BEST is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science and engineering-based robotics competition.
The idea for a BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) competition originated in 1993 when two Texas Instruments (TI) engineers, Ted Mahler and Steve Marum, were serving as guides for Engineering Day at their company site in Sherman. Together with a group of high school students, they watched a video of freshmen building a robot in Woody Flowers' class at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The high school students were so interested that Ted and Steve said, "Why don't we do this?" With enthusiastic approval from TI management, North Texas BEST was born.
In the following years, the program quickly spread across the country. There are now 10,000+ students, 800+ teams, and 44 hubs in 14 states involved in the BEST program. Along with the local hubs, there are three regional competions: Frontier Trails BEST, South's BEST, and Texas BEST.
Last season, in addition to the regional competitions, BEST Robotics held a National Competition in Dallas, Texas, alongside VEX Robotics. The top twelve teams in the country travelled to Texas and competed to become the first ever BEST National Champion.