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10/15/17 - Here are the detailed results for the competition: the BEST Award rankings, the seeding rankings, and the semi/final rankings.

10/15/17 - We had a tremendous competition yesterday. All of the teams did a fantastic job of creating machines that were able to play the game and each and every team scored (that doesn't always happen). Teams should be extremely proud of what they accomplished. Below are the results of the competition and the various awards, we'll post more details when we catch our collective breath!

San Antonio BEST Award Results:

  1. United Engineering and Technology Magnet*
  2. Smithson Valley Middle School*
  3. John Jay Science and Engineering Academy*
  4. J. B. Alexander High School*
  5. Holy Cross of San Antonio*
  6. Spring Branch Middle School*
  7. IDEA San Benito College Preparatory School
  8. Antonian College Preparatory High School

Competition Results:

  1. United Engineering and Technology Magnet*
  2. Winston School San Antonio*
  3. St. Gregory the Great School*
  4. Alamo Home School*
  5. Canyon Lake High School
  6. John Jay Science and Engineering Academy*
  7. Lanier High School
  8. Madison High School

Teams Advancing to the UIL State Championship:

  • Large School: United Engineering and Technology Magnet*
  • Large School: J B Alexander High School*
  • Small School: Devine High School*

* teams advancing to the Texas BEST and UIL State Robotics Championship from SA BEST (3 UIL, 4 BEST, 3 Competition)

Other Awards:

  • Founders Award - 
    1. St. Gregory the Great School
    2. Winston School San Antonio
  • Most Robust - Holy Cross of San Antonio
  • Good Lookin' John Wigand Most Photogenic - Madison High School
  • Best Table Display and Interview – Smithson Valley Middle School
  • Most Spirit – IDEA San Benito College Preparatory School
  • Most Sportsmanship – Alexander High School
  • BEST T-shirt – Devine High School
  • BEST Use of Game Theme – Alamo Home School
  • Software Design and Simulation – United Engineering and Technology Magnet
  • Blood, Sweat and Duct Tape – Stevens High School
  • SAME Award - Antonian College Preparatory High School

9/23/17 - Teams, let us know how things are going by posting pictures and comments on our Facebook page. Below is a picture from Kickoff; visit the album page for the rest of the pictures.

8/15/17 - Hey teams, kickoff is just around the corner. If you're already registered as a team for this year and you would also like to participate as a UIL team, please signup on Eventbrite. Participating as a UIL team gives you an opportunity to advance to the State UIL Championship (like UET did last year, and won!) and provides program recognition in many school districts.

7/7/17 -  The schedule has been set!  Kickoff is on September 2nd, and the game is on October 14th.  Yes, this is an early schedule, but we're sure that you can handle it!

4/6/17 - Team sign up is open!  Please take a minute to login to your SA BEST account and signup your team for this year's competition - "Crossfire" on the schools page.  Our schedule is currently unknown, but the date options are provided on the schedule page

12/12/16 - Texas BEST/UIL Championship update

Congratulations to all of the SA BEST teams who participated in the Texas BEST/UIL Competition over the last few days. All of our teams did a great job of representing their schools and San Antonio BEST. Thanks teams!

Below is the list of awards that we noted:

  • Smithson Valley Middle School - Best T-Shirt, Second Place
  • Saint Mary's Hall – Founders Award, Third Place
  • Boerne Middle School South - Most Photogenic, Third Place
  • Stacey High School:
    • Most Photogenic, First Place
    • Judges Choice: Smallest School
  • United Engineering and Technology Magnet:
    • Game Competition, Third Place
    • Texas BEST Award, First Place
    • UIL State Champion, Large School

UET deserves a big shout out for being the inaugural UIL State Robotics Champion in the BEST Division as a large school. Well done, team!

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.


SA BEST appreciates the contributions of all sponsors, but would particularly like to recognize


for their contributions to all  BEST hubs through their Yes Program


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