About BEST

What is BEST?

Take plywood and a box filled with items such as PVC pipe, screws and other hardware, an irrigation valve cover, piano wire, aluminum paint grid, a bicycle inner tube, a BRAIN (BEST Robotics Advanced Instruction Node programmable platform), and something called a micro-energy chain system and try, within six weeks, to design and build a functioning machine that can perform certain, specific tasks in three minutes. What do you get?You get BEST, 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 technological 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.


BEST Vision

To excite our nation’s students about engineering, science and technology to unlock their imagination and discover their potential.


Best Mission

To inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology, and math through participation in a sports-like science- and engineering-based robotics competition.


Facts about BEST

  • BEST Robotics Inc. (BRI) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization headquartered at Auburn University (AL).
  • Schools participate at no cost — there is no fee.
  • Any school may participate regardless of socioeconomic status, size, or location. Public, private, and home school groups or organizations (that is, not individual families) are welcomed to participate.
  • Students are the primary participants and benefactors. Students perform all of the work; mentors serve as guides and advisors.
  • Engineers and other technical professionals from local industries serve as team mentors.
  • Over 3500 volunteers help run the local competitions and regional championships by serving as event personnel, judges, and team mentors.