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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!!!

     



2014 Blade Runner Results
Posted by Pearson, Hugh on October 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM
Wow!!!  What a great competition season for the Heart of Texas BEST Robotics Hub and competing schools.  On October 18th, nineteen schools showed up bright and early to University High School in Waco, TX ready for a day of robotics competition and collaboration.  After over 40 rounds of robot head to head competition, and a full schedule of exhibit interviews, spirit and sportsmanship, and marketing presentations, the dust cleared and we had winners.

Checkout the results under the resources tab to the left or click here to go there directly.

Blade Runner 2014 Kick Off!!!!
Posted by Pearson, Hugh on September 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM
Saturday September 6th marked the beginning of the 2014 Heart of Texas BEST Robotics hub competition season.  In six short weeks, 22 schools will be competing for local bragging rights, and the chance to move on to face the BEST teams from around Texas and New Mexico for regional supremacy at the Texas BEST Regional Championships.

Although the details of the game are still being kept under wraps due to hubs yet to kick off, our group of 22 found exactly what the challenge is this year and left fired up....2014 Blade Runner!!!!!!!

Don't forget to visit the Heart of Texas BEST Robotics facebook page for all of the photos and and happenings this year...Only 36 days until competition day!!!!!!

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