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BEST Robotics (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) is a national robotics competition seeking to engage middle and high school students in critical skills needed in the modern economy.  The Heart of Texas BEST Robotics hub (Hosted by TSTC Waco) serves the six county central Texas area including Waco, Temple, and Killeen / Fort Hood, and provides an opportunity for middle and high school students and teachers to compete in a competition that focuses on the engineering design process, team work, soft skills, and above all fun application of all STEM areas.

BEST Robotics began 21 years ago with two engineers experiencing the powerful connection between young students, technical problem solving, and the collaborative atmosphere of middle and high school competition.  That singular vision has evolved into over 45 hubs in a seventeen states running an annual design to market challenge.  Schools are provided with limited resources (Returnable and Consumable kits at no cost to schools...FREE MATERIALS), limited time (6 WEEK COMPETITION), and all resources needed to bring the robot to life. 

Robots are only the tip of the iceberg.  Teams compete in marketing, documentation, exhibit & interview, and maybe most importantly...Spirit and Sportsmanship categories to take home the ultimate prize...The BEST Overall award.  Top placing teams advance to the Texas BEST Regional Competition hosted by the University of Texas Dallas.

What combines the excitement of Friday Night Athletics, industry grade competition, and the pure experience of FUN...This competition.  Did I mention there is no cost to competing schools!!!


Registration for the 2014 H.O.T. BEST Robotics Competition is now open
Posted by Pearson, Hugh on May 03, 2014 at 1:29 AM
The Heart of Texas BEST Robotics hub is now accepting registration from any and all Middle and High School Teams located in the six county are comprising the Heart of Texas.  Simply fill out the registration form by clicking on the 2014 H.O.T. BEST Competition tab located at the left, and become part of the six week journey that is BEST Robotics.

VideoBlast 2014 Registration Has Begun
Posted by Pearson, Hugh on December 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

TSTC Waco's annual video game design challenge VideoBlast is now open for registration.  High school and middle school teams are eligible to compete and all software is available FREE!  Teams compete to place in several categories...Game Award, People's Choice, Promotional Design, and Design Notebook Awards which all determine the overall Champion and winner of the BLAST Award

To register your team or to get more information, Contact Sheryl Kattner-Allen or Trey Pearson today (see below).  You can DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM directly by clicking on the "VideoBlast 2014" link on the left.



A Huge Thanks to all of our 2014 SPONSORS!!!!!
Posted by Pearson, Hugh on November 21, 2013 at 2:42 PM
We at the Heart of Texas BEST Robotics Hub and TSTC Waco want to thank each and everyone of our 2014 GateKeeper sponsors for their support.  Their generosity was overwhelming, and we would not be able to put on such a great event with so many wonderful students, teachers, mentors, volunteers, and fans of BEST without your support.

Check out our sponsors page for the full list of this year's competition sponsors.

Belton New Tech takes home a Judges Choice Award at Texas BEST Regionals
Posted by Pearson, Hugh on November 12, 2013 at 0:13 AM
On November 9th & 10th, sixty school from Texas and New Mexico competed in the Texas BEST Robotics Regional Championships hosted by University of Texas Dallas.  Four teams from the Heart of Texas BEST Hub advanced to regionals via BEST Overall (Crawford High School #1 and Belton New Tech High @ Waskow #2) and Robot Head 2 Head (Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy #1 and Reicher Catholic High School #2) categories.

Our own Belton New Tech @ Waskow High took home one of three Judges Choice Awards!!!!  Click Here for full Texas BEST Regional Championships Results

GateKeeper 2013 Test Drive and Competition Day Photos
Posted by Pearson, Hugh on November 11, 2013 at 0:03 AM
Photos from the GateKeeper 2013 Test Drive hosted at the Baylor BRIC on October 12th 2013 and Competition Day at University High School on November 2nd 2013.  Visit the Heart of Texas BEST Robotics Facebook Page for all the photos.

2013 H.O.T. BEST Competition Results Now Available
Posted by Pearson, Hugh on November 07, 2013 at 2:07 PM
The 2013 Heart of Texas BEST Robotics Competition was one of the most exciting in recent memory.  Twenty teams showed up at University High School this past Saturday and cheered, competed, and collaborated their hearts out.  you can find the full results list by following the resources tab to the 2013 GateKeeper folder.  We can't wait until next year's competition...Bladerunner 2014.
2013 Test Drive is almost here
Posted by Pearson, Hugh on October 09, 2013 at 4:59 PM
Once again, Baylor Universiy has graciously agreed to host the Heart of Texas BEST Robotics Test Drive at their brand new facility, The BRIC (Baylor research and Innovative Collaborative).  We are only 3 DAYS AWAY, and cannot wait to see the progress and innovation that teams have come up with.  We'll see you Saturday from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.


2013 Heart of Texas Hub Kickoff was AWESOME!!!!
Posted by Pearson, Hugh on October 01, 2013 at 10:48 AM
On Saturday, September 21st 2013 twenty two teams from twenty two school began the six week journey that is a BEST Robotics Competition by attending the kickoff event at TSTC Waco.  The entire Hub staff is waiting to see what innovative and creative solutions the students come up with for this year's game, and if the kickoff was any indication as to what is to come, then this year will be our BEST YET!  Good Luck to all teams and we will see you on October 12th at the Baylor BRIC for test drive.
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