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BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) is a program designed to show youth how engineering can be fun.  The BEST program sponsors a sports-like contest where local high school students work as a team to build a remote controlled robot designed to accomplish a given task. Each team is given an identical collection of parts from which the machine is to be built. Only materials specified on the kit list can be used. The build process involves teamwork, brainstorming and ingenuity. Education and industry professionals volunteer their time as coaches/mentors to offer guidance in the design and construction processes. Several restrictions apply to help make the competition simulate "real world" business and engineering environment.   

The teams all gather together on a common game kickoff day at all the local hub sites, are shown the game field, and are given: 

The competition typically consists of seeding rounds in the morning and a double-elimination tournament in the afternoon.  Schools are encouraged to bring their bands, cheerleaders, mascots, banners, etc to add to the sports-like atmosphere.