STEM Contact Info

STEM Director:
David Trussell

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Department Phone:
512-471-5883

Department Fax:
512-232-1499

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Robotics Pilot - About BEST

UIL Robotics Pilot

 

BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics, Inc. was founded in Texas in 1993 to inspire the next generation of students to be prepared for the expanding technological workforce. BEST Robotics, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. BEST is a middle school and high school robotics program whose mission is to engage and excite students about STEM subjects as well as inspire them to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Through participation in this project-based STEM program, students learn to analyze and solve problems utilizing the Engineering Design Process, which helps them develop technological literacy skills. Texas’ growing high tech industries need and seek out these skills.

Each competition season students are challenged with a new real-world-based game with new tasks to accomplish. Some years the robots need to climb, in other years the robots may need to roll. Each year the kit of materials changes as well.

Each fall, nationwide nearly 900 middle and high schools and over 20,000 students participate in the competition. BEST emphasizes student work and innovation during the six-week competition season. Mentors may coach or advise, but are not allowed to design, build, or operate the robots.

There are two parallel competition awards within BEST.

  • BEST Game Competition
    • Based on robot performance for highest total or average scoring during round robin matches and finals
  • BEST Award
    • Given for excellence in the design process of building the robot as well as the extent the teams boost engineering, science, and technology within their school and community. Team scores are based on:
      •  Summary project engineering notebook
      •  Marketing presentation
      •  Conference exhibit and interviews
      •  Spirit and sportsmanship
      •  Robot performance

Additional information about BEST can be found at http://www.bestinc.org/.

UNIVERSITY INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE
1701 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722
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