What is BEST Robotics?
Take plywood and a box filled with items such as PVC pipe, screws and other hardware, an irrigation valve cover, piano wire, aluminum paint grid, a bicycle inner tube, a BRAIN (BEST Robotics Advanced Instruction Node programmable platform), and something called a micro-energy chain system and try, within six weeks, to design and build a functioning machine that can perform certain, specific tasks in three minutes. What do you get?
You get BEST, a middle and high school robotics competition whose mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.
Through participation in our project-based STEM program, students learn to analyze and solve problems utilizing the Engineering Design Process, which helps them develop technological literacy skills. It is these skills that industry seeks in its workforce.
Each fall, over 850 middle and high schools and over 18,000 students participate in the competition.
• BEST Robotics Inc. (BRI) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization.
• Schools participate at no cost -- there is no fee.
• Any school may participate regardless of socioeconomic status, size, or location. Public, private, and home school groups or organizations (that is, not individual families) are welcomed to participate.
• Students are the primary participants and benefactors. Students perform all of the work; mentors serve as guides and advisors.
• Engineers and other technical professionals from local industries serve as team mentors.
• Over 3500 volunteers help run the local competitions and regional championships by serving as event personnel, judges, and team mentors.
As a result of participating in BEST, students…
• Understand the practical use of math concepts and applied physics
• Solve real-world science and engineering problems, training that is transferable to all academic disciplines and career pursuits
• Gain an increased interest in engineering, math, and science
• Understand what engineers do — the engineering profession is “demystified”
• Experience “design-to-market” product development
• Receive recognition and acclaim typically reserved for their peers in sports
Students become competent and confident in:
• Abstract Thinking
• Self-Directed Learning
• Project Management
To engage, excite, and inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology through participation in a sports-like science and engineering-based robotics competition.
Our Core Values
- Students are the sole participants and primary decision makers, designers and builders
- Any student may participate
- The program is free to schools – no entry fee
- Equipment and materials are provided to teams at no cost
- Any school may participate, regardless of type, size, location or socio-economic status
- To become a premier robotics competition in the Pikes Peak area
- To help promote robotics and STEM though the Rocky Mountain region
- To build strong community-based support for our activities
- To form alliances with organizations who serve youth locally and deliver the BEST product possible to schools and their students
- To motivate students for studies and careers in engineering, mathematics, science, and technology
- Prepare students to be technologically literate and thus better prepared to enter the workforce
- Help students develop leadership, project management, teamwork and organizational skills
- Develop students’ confidence and competence through self-directed learning, decision-making, abstract thinking and problem-solving