Our mission – 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.
BEST Robotics (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) is a national 501 (c)(3), that is and has always been free to participating schools. Staffed professionally at the national level and supported by a vibrant volunteer corps in its licensed hubs, the BEST Robotics program comes to life thanks to collective efforts. Fundraising efforts at the national and local levels cover the cost of robot kits, game fields, and production of the competitions, ensuring that all students and schools can participate.
Collaboration is an integral part of BEST’s program and is key to providing students with access to STEM education and a path to pursue STEM careers. The BEST Robotics program model and competitions are delivered locally through the collective efforts of teachers, universities, industry mentors, and volunteers. BEST Robotics engages approximately 25,000 middle and high school students through 45 hubs in 17 states, all organized and run by volunteers in accordance with the BEST license agreement. With a strategic plan for growth and a commitment to provide access at no cost to students and schools, BEST Robotics is planning and implementing national double-digit expansion plan targeted to increase student participation among girls, minorities, and low-income rural and urban communities.
BEST Robotics was founded in 1993 by Ted Mahler and Steve Marum, both engineers at Texas Instruments at the time. The program saw early success and grew organically throughout Texas, quickly spreading to neighboring states and beyond. In 1997, BEST Robotics, Inc. established its nonprofit status and continued to grow. Today, the BEST Robotics national office is based virtually with staff and volunteer leadership working from locations across the country including Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Texas.