SoCo BEST logo and photos of students at the 2015 game day competition

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Important Dates - 2016

Teacher/Mentor Institute
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Trinidad State

Programming Workshop
Follow up to Teacher/Mentor Institute
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
10 a.m. - 2p.m. in the Pioneer Room, Trinidad State
Attendees will need to bring their laptops with the software downloaded

Saturday, September 10, 2016
1-4:30 p.m., Trinidad State

Practice Day
Saturday, October 15, 2016
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Trinidad State

Game Day
Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Trinidad State

Registered Schools

  1. Antonito High School
  2. Branson School
  3. Hoehne Jr/Sr High School
  4. La Junta High School
  5. Manzanola Jr-Sr. High School
  6. Monte Vista High School
  7. Ortega Middle School
  8. Primero High School
  9. Raton High School
  10. Sanford High School
  11. Swink Jr/Sr High School
  12. The Vanguard School
  13. Trinidad School District

SoCo BEST @ Trinidad State Contacts:

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Debbie Ulibarri
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If you are interested in volunteering, contact:
Linda Perry
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If you are interested in donating, contact:
Toni DeAngelis
Trinidad State Educational Foundation

It’s not too late to register your team!

For more information, contact:
Krystalee Moreno
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Our Mission

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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.

Core Values

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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

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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:

BEST Facts

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.”

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