According to the BEST organization, “The mission of BEST Robotics Inc. is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science- and engineering-based robotics competition.”
Each participating school starts with “an identical kit of equipment and parts, a set of game rules, and is given six weeks to design, build, and test a remote controlled robot that outperforms other robots. Engineers, University facu
lty members, and other technical professionals from local industry serve as team mentors, advising and guiding students.”
The competition was held at the North Dakota State University and included 35 teams from the Northern Plains Hub. In addition to winning third place for the robot competition, the team earned 6th place for Exhibit, 6th for Spirit & Sportsmanship, and 6th for Software.
The BEST competition starts in the Fall each year at hubs throughout the United States. This year 850 middle and high schools and over 18,000 students participated in the competition.