Important Dates - 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Trinidad State
Follow up to Teacher/Mentor Institute
Saturday, September 10, 2016
1-3 p.m., Trinidad State
Saturday, October 15, 2016
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Trinidad State
Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Trinidad State
- Antonito High School
- Branson School
- Hoehne Jr/Sr High School
- La Junta High School
- Monte Vista High School
- Primero High School
- Raton High School
- Swink Jr/Sr High School
- Trinidad School District
SoCo BEST @ Trinidad State Contacts:
To engage, excite, and inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like science and engineering based robotics competition.
Provide students with a real-world engineering experience that incorporates the practical application of math and science
Prepare students to be technologically literate and thus better prepared to enter the workforce
Help students develop leadership, project management, teamwork, and organizational skills
Develop students’ confidence and competence through self-directed learning, decision-making, abstract thinking, and problem-solving.
Students are the sole participants and primary decision makers, designers, and builders.
Any student may participate.
The program is free to schools—no registration-fee.
Equipment and materials are provided at no cost to participating schools.
Any school may participate regardless of type, size, location, or socioeconomic status.
Teams may also compete in:
- oral presentations
- technical writing
- marketing & exhibit design
- spirit and sportsmanship
- CAD design
- website design
- video production
… and more.
Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology
BEST is about building robots and teaching students how to analyze and solve problems. What BEST students learn is what industry needs in its future workforce and what communities need in their future leaders.
Middle and High School Robotics Competition
Take plywood, PVC of various sizes, threaded rod, boxes of screws, washers and nuts, lots of other hardware, Velcro, piano wire, aluminum rods, a bicycle inner tube, an assortment of other odds-and-ends, and a VEX robotics kit, and give it all to a team of students with the challenge to design and build a functioning, competitive robot in six short weeks.
BEST Student: “I have been doing this competition for 9 years. My robotics team has been the highlight of my life and my knowledge has grown leaps and bounds.” ~ High School Senior Student
What do you get?
- the excitement of a basketball game
- the strategy of a chess match
- the intellectual challenge of a science fair
- the pressure of a competitive sporting event
…plus hundreds of screaming fans, music, dancing, and mascots.
National Website: www.bestinc.org
|1993||began as a single event for high schools in Texas – 14 schools, 221 students.|
|2013||47 community-based sites in 19 states.|
|2013||Over 10,000 volunteers, 853 schools, and 15,354 students participate.|
BEST Mentor: “Every student who graduates high school must get a job and make a living. The BEST program improves the chances for our children to be competitive in the workforce.”