Our Mission

To inspire and interest students in engineering, science, and technology through participation in an exciting sports-like technology contest.

Our Goals

Help students understand technical concepts and principles.
Provide a real-world engineering challenge that includes limited time and resources.
Offer an academic experience that encourages abstract thought, self-directed learning, and decision-making.
Provide mentoring for students by accomplished professionals from the business, industry, and academic sectors.
Provide team-building experience.
Promote good sportsmanship and ethical conduct within a competitive environment.
Encourage students to think about the complete business process (such as marketing and packaging).  

How It Works and What It's All About

The BEST competition challenges students to build a remote-controlled robot that accomplishes a defined task within a competitive setting. Using only the materials provided, students have six weeks to design, develop, and test a robot that can outperform their competition. During this time, the students experience the same problems, challenges, and breakthroughs that an engineering team encounters when it takes a product to market.

The weeks of hard work culminate in a thrilling day-long competition where teams go head-to-head to achieve BEST performance. The inspiring event combines the excitement of a high school football game with the strategy of a chess match and the intellectual challenges of a science fair. Top-placing teams from Brazos BEST and other local contest sites advance to the Texas BEST Championship in early December at Texas Tech University.

The heart of BEST is the experience of solving a seemingly overwhelming task using basic engineering methods and old-fashioned teamwork. Thanks to this experience, students who participate in BEST are better prepared to meet the challenges of the Technology Age.

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