About Brazos BEST

Its no secret that science, engineering and technology will define the future of the modern world. Unfortunately, survey after survey of Americas youth confirms the U.S. is falling behind in these fields. For America to maintain its status as a world leader in the 21st Century, our next generation must be excited by engineering, science, and technology.

Brazos BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) is a group of professionals in the Brazos Valley whose goal is to inspire and motivate students towards careers in engineering, science and technology through participation in a sports-like technology contest. Student teams from local high schools are assisted by community leaders to design and build a remote-controlled robot that accomplishes a defined task in an exciting and competitive setting. If you could combine Texas football with a science fair, the result would be Brazos BEST!

It is inspiring to know that so many adults are interested in investing their time and resources to train future leaders for our nation. Brazos Valley community involvement remains high from year to year.

Texas A&M University Staff: 10
Texas A&M University Students: 15-45
High School Administrators: 40
Community Organizers/Participants: 75
Student Participants: *400+
(20-24 schools)
*School Participation includes students at all grade levels.

Simulating a Real World Environment: The BEST robotics competition simulates a real world business and engineering environment.

Time Period: The game is limited to a six-week period, to simulate a product time-to-market constraint.

Resources: Each team receives an identical kit of odd parts, fasteners, materials, and radio controllers. In the real world, a product must be built within budget. In the game world, the machine can only be built with kit parts.

Specifications: Game objectives change each year and each team receives a detailed description of the new competition and machine specifications during the BEST kickoff meeting. In the real world, a new product must meet customer requirements. In the game world, the machine must meet size and weight requirements while accomplishing the game objectives.

Mentoring and Training: Each team receives training and coaching from technical professionals. In the real world, a company may hire a consultant. In the game world, the student teams may receive guidance from experts but are ultimately responsible for the planning and production of the machine.

Interested in Becoming Involved? Anyone can help Brazos BEST reach more students: Support the students as a spectator at the competition. Be a sponsor and provide financial resources of in-kind services. Volunteer to serve on the organizing committee, coach one of the school teams, or help at one of the three-day events.

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