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San Antonio Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (SA BEST


5/31/20 - School sign up has been open for a while . We're doing it a little differently this year and using the registration system provided by BEST robotics.  To sign up you school, please use this link. Because of the uncertainties of what competition we'll actually be able to have in the fall, and for a number of other reasons, we're scaling back to 32 teams just for this year.  We will accept teams over that number and place those teams on a waiting list.  We anticipate that policies at some schools may prevent some teams from being able to participate this year.

We'd like to be able to tell you how the competition will be different this year, but just like you, we don't know what restrictions, etc will be in place when the BEST season comes around.  We do plan to have a competition, but it may not be a traditional BEST competition.

11/2/19 - Team pictures and other pictures are available in the album area.

10/29/19 - The results from Sunday's competition are below.

San Antonio BEST Award Results:

  1. United Engineering and Technology Magnet*
  2. Smithson Valley High School*
  3. Smithson Valley Middle School*
  4. Harlandale High School*
  5. John Jay Science and Engineering Academy*
  6. Devine High School*
  7. Spring Branch Middle School*
  8. St. Gregory the Great School*

Competition Results:

  1. United Engineering and Technology Magnet*
  2. Devine High School*
  3. St. Gregory the Great School*
  4. Smithson Valley High School*
  5. Antonian Preparatory High School*
  6. Brennan High School*
  7. El Campo High School
  8. Lyndon B. Johnson High School

Teams Advancing to the UIL State Championship:

  • Small School (1): Devine High School*
  • Large School (1): United Engineering and Technology Magnet*
  • Large School (2): Smithson Valley High School*
  • Large School (3): John Jay Science and Engineering Academy*
  • Large School (4): Alexander High School*

* teams advancing to the Texas BEST and UIL State Robotics Championship from SA BEST (5 UIL, 3 BEST, 3 Competition)

Other Awards:

  • Founders Award - 
    1. Devine High School
    2. Lyndon B. Johnson High School
  • Most Robust - Devine High School
  • Good Lookin' John Wigand Most Photogenic - Harlandale High School
  • Best Table Display and Interview Spring Branch Middle School
  • Most Spirit John Jay Science and Engineering Academy
  • Most Sportsmanship Smithson Valley High School
  • BEST T-shirt Smithson Valley Middle School
  • BEST Use of Game Theme Smithson Valley Middle School
  • Blood, Sweat and Duct Tape Brooks Academy for Science and Engineering
  • SAME Award - John Jay Science and Engineering Academy
  • AFCEA Diversity Award for Women in STEM - IDEA San Benito College Preparatory School

Summaries of the seeding results and semi/final results are available as well as the total scores from the BEST Award competition.

The SA BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) competition is a contest held annually to inspire and interest students in the fields of science and engineering. With guidance from adult mentors, local teams of students design and build a remote controlled machine to accomplish a specific task. The students are given a box of raw materials from which to build the machine and 6 weeks to design and construct it. The task of the robot is kept secret until Kick-off Day, when all the teams are told what the robot is required to do.  On Competition Day, all schools will compete head-on with each other in a thrilling science-fair-turned-sports-event.  Several teams advance to the regional Texas Best competition and compete with the BEST robots from other areas. More information on the BEST concept is available.

San Antonio BEST is a part of the nationwide organization of BEST Robotics, Inc.

BEST Robotics

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