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11/15/15 - Congratulations to all the SA BEST teams that participated at Texas BEST yesterday. We don't have the complete results, but our top finishing team was UET Magnet - they won the BEST Award and placed second in the robotics competition. We'll post other results when we have them.

We've posted a bunch of pictures from Game Day, please have a look!

11/2/15 - Team pictures are available. We'll get some game pictures posted, but in the meantime you can look at some pictures from game day on our Facebook page.

10/24/15 - The links that follow have the standings for the seeding matches, semi- and final-matches, and the BEST Award rankings. Teachers should have already received the detailed score sheets from the BEST Award categories.

10/19/15 - Yes, this entire season has been a blur to some of us ... sorry for the lack of posts. The competition Saturday was great. Congratulations to all! Below are the results. There will be more information to follow (teams will receive award score sheets for feedback) and pictures!

San Antonio BEST Award Results:

  1. United Engineering and Technology Magnet*
  2. Lyndon B Johnson High School (Laredo)*
  3. Saint Mary's Hall School*
  4. Antonian College Preparatory High School*
  5. Lutheran High School of San Antonio*
  6. William Howard Taft High School*
  7. Holy Cross of San Antonio
  8. Spring Branch Middle School

Competition Results:

  1. United Engineering and Technology Magnet*
  2. William Howard Taft High School*
  3. Lyndon B Johnson High School*
  4. Stacey High School*
  5. Antonian College Preparatory High School*
  6. Lutheran High School of San Antonio*
  7. Krueger School of Applied Technologies (KSAT)
  8. Holy Cross of San Antonio

* teams advancing to Texas BEST from SA BEST

Other Awards:

  • Founders Award - 
    1. William Howard Taft High School
    2. Antonian College Preparatory High School
  • Most Robust - Antonian College Preparatory High School
  • Good Lookin' John Wigand Most Photogenic - Stacey High School
  • Best Table Display and Interview - Lyndon B Johnson High School
  • Most Spirit – Alamo Home School
  • Most Sportsmanship – Pleasanton High School
  • BEST T-shirt - Saint Mary's Hall School
  • BEST Use of Game Theme – STEM Early College Academy
  • Software Design and Simulation – St. Gregory the Great School
  • Blood, Sweat and Duct Tape – Lanier High School
  • SAME Award - Lutheran High School of San Antonio

9/17/15 - It's been almost two weeks since kickoff. We're hoping that there are 34 teams with designs ideas fully formed and parts starting to take shape (if they're not done already). Not quite there yet? Well, there are 24 hours in each day...

Did you find out that we had posted a good example of a notebook from last year? Take a look in the files area, or in the SA BEST Award area to find the file.

8/17/15 - Wow! How long have you been waiting to find out the schedule for this year? About 2 hrs longer than we have! The schedule is now available. Kickoff is on September 5th and the game is on October 17th. More details are on the schedule page.

3/15/15 - Team Signup for the 2015 competition is open. Teachers, please login to your SA BEST account, then visit the schools page where you'll find the sign up link.

Here are a couple of game related items for this year:

  • The name of the game is "Pay Dirt" - you can find a teaser video at the Best Inc web site.
  • The "Friends of BEST" in Alabama are providing weekly educational material related to the game. You can follow along with weekly installments of bESTology.
  • We've posted the potential kickoff and competition dates, but we won't know the final date until sometime this summer.

If you want to help us out with some fundraising, SA BEST is now registered for Amazon Smile.You can designate SA BEST as your charity on Amazon and we'll receive 0.5% of the price you pay for eligible items. You know you were going to buy that stuff anyway!

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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