Our mission is to engage, excite, and inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through participation in a sports-like science- and engineering-based robotics competition.
BEST conceived in 1993 by TI engineers Ted Mahler and Steve Marum in Sherman, TX. The first competition was held in the fall of 1993 with 14 teams from San Antonio and Sherman. West Texas BEST competition started in 1995. In the fall of 2013, 853 teams with 15,354 students participated in BEST. BEST is a non-profit, all volunteer organization with thousands of volunteers serving in 18 states and 47 hubs.
As a result of participating in BEST, students understand everyday use of mathematical concepts and applied physics. They understand what engineers do - engineering is "demystified". Students become technically literate and are better prepared for tomorrow's workforce. They get to experience real-world engineering challenges, training that is transferable to all engineering disciplines and career pursuits. Students also develop skills in abstract thought, self-directed learning, teamwork, project management, decision-making, problem-solving and leadership.
Fall competition starts in September and concludes six weeks later in October. Teams that win at the local level advance to one of three championships.