The Big Country Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics hub, which is managed by Texas State Technical College, has a full roster for the 2014 season. The maximum of 16 teams includes ATEMS from Abilene ISD, Ballinger ISD, Colorado Middle School, Comanche High School, Gustine High School, Highland High School, Jim Ned High School, Potter's Hand Christian School, Rising Star High School, Robert Lee High School, Roscoe Collegiate High School, Sweetwater High School, Sweetwater Middle School, Wylie High School, Victory Life Academy of Brownwood and a home school group from the Abilene/Sweetwater area.
BEST Robotics is a middle and high school robotics competition whose mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields. Through participation in our project-based STEM program, students learn to analyze and solve problems utilizing the Engineering Design Process, which helps them develop technology literacy skills. It is these skills that industry seeks in its workforce. Each fall, over 750 middle and high schools and over 11,000 students participate in the competition.
The 2014 "teaser" video can be seen at bestinc.org and is based on West Texas and the wind energy industry.
2014 BEST dates:
Kickoff - Sept. 13
Practices - Oct. 11 and 18
Compliance Check in - Oct. 24
Game Day - Oct. 25.