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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!

11/14/16 - Another batch of pictures are up. Have a look!

11/8/16 - Team pictures are up! We'll be posting more pictures over the next couple weeks.

10/31/16 - Happy Halloween! Below is a summary of the results from yesterday's SA BEST competition. There will be more details to come over the next few days (like you, we're still recovering!)

San Antonio BEST Award Results:

  1. United Engineering and Technology Magnet*
  2. Smithson Valley Middle School*
  3. Holy Cross of San Antonio*
  4. J. B. Alexander High School*
  5. Saint Mary's Hall School*
  6. Lyndon B Johnson High School (Laredo)*
  7. Spring Branch Middle School
  8. Lutheran High School of San Antonio

Competition Results:

  1. United Engineering and Technology Magnet*
  2. Lyndon B Johnson High School (Laredo)*
  3. Boerne Middle School South*
  4. Stacey High School*
  5. Brennan High School*
  6. IDEA San Benito College Preparatory School
  7. John Marshall High School
  8. Holy Cross of San Antonio

Teams Advancing to the UIL State Championship:

  • Large School: United Engineering and Technology Magnet*
  • Small School: Natalia High School*

* teams advancing to the Texas BEST and UIL State Robotics Championship from SA BEST (2 UIL, 5 BEST, 3 Competition)

Other Awards:

  • Founders Award - 
    1. Saint Mary's Hall School
    2. Brennan High School
  • Most Robust - Lutheran High School of San Antonio
  • Good Lookin' John Wigand Most Photogenic - Stacey High School
  • Best Table Display and Interview – J. B. Alexander High School
  • Most Spirit – IDEA San Benito College Preparatory School
  • Most Sportsmanship – Smithson Valley Middle School
  • BEST T-shirt - St. Gregory the Great School
  • BEST Use of Game Theme – Spring Branch Middle School
  • Software Design and Simulation – United Engineering and Technology Magnet
  • Blood, Sweat and Duct Tape – La Feria High School
  • SAME Award - Lyndon B Johnson High School (Laredo)

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.


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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