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West Texas Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST)

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  • West Texas BEST has 26 teams on the roster, of which approximately 20 teams register and complete the season each year.
  • This program reaches more than 400 students and is offered at no cost to the participating schools.
  • The competition involves a changing theme for which the teams must design a robot according to the listed rules, and with the provided raw materials, which include plywood, PVC, connectors and fasteners, etc.
  • The controller is a Vex Cortex and can be programmed in EasyC, RobotC, or Matlab/Simulink.
  • The competition runs six weeks from announcement to game day, and consists of a kickoff, a practice day, and a competition, or game day.
  • Teams must keep an engineering notebook and turn that in at practice day.
  • The top awards are judged on robot design, notebook, team informational booth, advertising, fundraising, creativity, etc.
  • There also are awards for most robust, best looking, most reliable.
  • Winning teams (2-3) advance to state competition.
  • Multiple national sponsor/partners provide free products and services.
Sponsoring Department

Whitacre College of Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Richard Gale
Professor & BEST Hub Director
Electrical and Computer Engineering
806.742.3533 x252

Stacey Young, P.E.
BEST Hub Director

Project Time Period

Six Week Competition
Start in September
Regionals: Late Fall
Nationals: Following April

Target Age Group

Grades 6-12

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