According to BEST of Texas Robotics, Executive Director Johannes Starks,
“BEST of Texas Robotics Helps Students be their BEST!
“Katelyn Klein is now working on her master’s degree in Psychology at Pepperdine University and BEST helped her get there. “BEST was an amazing experience that taught me many life skills that I use today such as working with a team, critical thinking, and time management. Without BEST I would not be the person I am today and would not have learned the necessary skills to excel in my academic life.”
“BEST of Texas Robotics, (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) is celebrating its 30th year with a focus of Reskilling our Youth towards the future through innovative robotics competitions.
“How do these competitions work? Using only the materials in the BEST provided kits, student teams have eight weeks to design, develop, and test a robot that can outperform their competitors as well as create a marketing campaign and build a marketing booth. During this time students experience the same problems, challenges, and breakthroughs that engineers encounter when taking a product to market.
“BEST has impacted thousands of students from over 350 schools across the state. BEST is now looking to increase its footprint in North Texas by partnering with North Texas Giving Day to raise critical funds to continue to provide the robotics kits free of charge to every student who wants to participate in this life-changing opportunity.
“How can you help? First, you can help by sharing your skills. BEST needs mentors in all areas including finance and marketing. Could your business mentor and sponsor a team? BEST also needs your support through funding that will update the technology and expand our reach to more and more students across north Texas.
“Katelyn’s sister, Sabrina, is now a 17-year-old Chemical Engineering major at Georgia Tech, but she had never built a robot until she participated in BEST. Following in her sister’s footsteps, she thought she would give it a try but was scared when first confronted with a robotics kit. However, she quickly learned that there was more to this opportunity then just programming. ‘BEST taught me how to think quickly, brainstorm effectively, and collaborate efficiently,’ Sabrina reported.
“BEST of Texas believes that innovators are cultivated, not created. By growing this program, an increasing number of north Texas students will have the opportunity to create a mindset of innovation that will change them, their families, and, ultimately, our community.“
* Photo credit: Juliun Starks ** Photo credit: Johannes Starks *** Graphic provided by BEST of Texas Robotics
Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day helps build awareness and support for nonprofits like nothing else. In 2021, $66 million was raised through 103,000 donors benefiting over 3,300 local nonprofits, bringing the 13-year total to over $441 million for our community. NTx Giving Day is the largest community-wide giving event in the nation.