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Welcome to Bobcat BEST!

BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) is an organization dedicated to fostering science and engineering among high school and middle school students throughout the country. Each fall, students teams construct a robot to perform a collection of tasks from a limited set of materials. The program is completely free to participating schools. There are no entry fees and all equipment and materials are provided for the teams.

Students must perform all the work, while engineers act as mentors and guide students through the design and construction phase. Yes, of course, students learn engineering, technical, problem solving and logical thinking skills. But they also learn so much more, such as team work, leadership, professionalism and presentation skills. It builds confidence, promotes creativity and encourages good sportsmanship. Did I mention that it is FREE???

The competition itself is a high energy, spirited event that will rival any high school playoff game. From complete, focused silence as the time runs down to rowdy roaring that shakes the floor as the time runs out. I'm not even mentioning the bands and cheerleaders (oops, just did).

Bobcat BEST is hosted at Texas State University where students get the chance to explore the great engineering programs offered there. Winning teams will then move on to the Regional competition in Dallas, Texas, at the The University of Texas - Dallas.

Bobcat BEST is one of 19 hubs spread throughout Texas. The Bobcat BEST hub serves the Central Texas area covering Hayes county and surrounding communities. If your school is interested in participating, please contact us using the Contact Us link on the left side of this page. If you are not from the Central Texas area, we will still welcome you or help you find a hub in your area.


Congratulations to Our Award Winners!
Posted by Young, Greg on November 06, 2011 at 8:06 AM

2011 Award Winners

Texas BEST Championship Representatives

AwardSchoolCity At Regional
BEST Award - 1st Place
Competition - 2nd Place
Dripping Springs Middle SchoolDripping SpringsBEST Award Team
BEST Award - 2nd Place
Competition - 1st Place
San Marcos High SchoolSan MarcosHead-to-Head Competition Team

BEST Award Category

BEST Award - 1st PlaceDripping Springs Middle SchoolDripping Springs
BEST Award - 2nd PlaceSan Marcos High SchoolSan Marcos
BEST Award - 3rd PlaceDripping Springs High SchoolDripping Springs

Head-to-Head Competition

Competition - 1st PlaceSan Marcos High SchoolSan Marcos
Competition - 2nd PlaceDripping Springs Middle SchoolDripping Springs
Competition - 3rd PlaceLuling Middle/High SchoolLuling
Competition - FinalistDripping Springs High SchoolDripping Springs

Team Award Category

BEST Team ExhibitHOPE Christian AcademyMartindale
Best DressedLuling Middle/High SchoolLuling

Machine Award Category

Most Robust DesignSan Marcos High SchoolSan Marcos
Most Elegant DesignLuling Middle/High SchoolLuling
Most PhotogenicLuling Middle/High SchoolLuling
Founders Award for Creative DesignHOPE Christian AcademyMartindale

Congrats to all of our competitors
Posted by Johnson, Brad on November 01, 2011 at 11:08 AM
While we are especially proud to advance Dripping Springs Middle School and San Marcos Highschool on to the Regional competition, we can not ignore the tremendous efforts put forth by Luling High School, Luling Middle School, Hope Christian Academy, and Dripping Springs Highschool. They were all true competitors this year and all deserve recognition for the robots that they brought to the field.

Game Day Schedule
Posted by Johnson, Brad on October 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM


7:30 am Doors open to teams/volunteers
8:00 am 9:00 am Check-in/Compliance
9:00 am Team Pictures Begin (photographers discretion)
9:30 am 9:45 am PIT Briefing / Drivers meeting in the PITs Floor Boss & PIT Boss In gymnasium
9:45 am 10:00 am Teams Final Preparation in PITS
10:00 am 11:30 am PRELIM Round Robin
11:30 am Lunch Break (in Hospitality Room)
12:45 pm FINAL Competition Top 4 teams
Mentor Award Nominations Cut-off PITs

1:30 pm Awards Ceremony Judging Staff
Awards Pictures Photographer

2:00 pm Return Kit Check-in. Teams not Advancing

Team Demographics Entry
Posted by Young, Greg on October 26, 2011 at 0:43 AM
This is a reminder for teams to enter your team demographics online in your account at http://www.robotevents.com. Once logged in, from your Dashboard, click EDIT TEAM next to your 2011 BEST team, then enter your demographics information. Print the form after filling it in and then click SAVE. Place the printed demographics form into your design notebook before turning it in.

Watch a video of how to enter team demographics on the BEST Robotics website at http://www.bestinc.org under the Announcements section.

Practice Day is Coming!
Posted by Young, Greg on October 20, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Practice Day will be at the Roy F. Mitte Bldg, 5th Floor balcony, this Saturday, Oct 22, from 10:00am to Noon, on the campus of Texas State University. These will be scheduled practice times.

Doors will open to teams at 9:00am. There will be a PIT area for you to work on your machines in between your practice sessions. Bring whatever you have and get some practice on the actual playing field or get help with your robot from others.

You can see the current Practice Schedule and available spots on the Bobcat BEST website under Files/Schedules folder.

Invite your friends and family out to the event!

Practice Day Schedule
Posted by Young, Greg on October 02, 2011 at 11:51 PM
The current schedule for Practice Day, Oct 22nd, at Texas State University Engineering Building, has been uploaded. If you haven't selected your team's practice times, please take a look at the open time slots and contact us with your selection of 4 spots.
Test Drive This Weekend!
Posted by Young, Greg on September 29, 2011 at 2:21 AM

Don't forget about the Test Drive event this weekend with Capitol BEST at

Roger Beasley Volvo in Georgetown.   See a Map.

10:00AM - 3:00PM
Open Practice on The Actual Game Field...
  • First Come, First Serve - No scheduled practice times
  • 15 Minute Practice Rotation (Wait for your team to be called)
  • Check-in to join the practice rotation (Rotate to bottom of list after your turn)
  • You may practice as many times as you'd like
  • You will be allowed to enter the field area, WITH PERMISSION ONLY!  
  • Turn in your Release of Liability/Permission Forms ...

  • Bring one form for each student on roster, signed by parent/guardian.
  • Turn in at team Check-in table.
  • Roster cannot be accepted without signed form for each student
  • Kickoff
    Posted by Young, Greg on September 02, 2011 at 11:08 PM
    Kickoff day has been set for Saturday, September 17th.  We are looking forward to seeing all of the new teams this year!
    Team Registration is Open!
    Posted by Young, Greg on May 24, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    We are excited to begin our first BEST season this coming fall 2011, hosted at Texas State University in San Marcos.  Registration is now open at http://robotevents.com/robot-competitions/best/bobcat-best.html.

    Bobcat BEST is produced and hosted by Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Our first competition will be held in Fall 2011.

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