To engage, excite, and inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology through participation in an annual sports-like science and engineering-based robotics competition.
Rocky Mountain BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology - RM BEST) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 2010 as a Hub of BEST Robotics, Inc (BRI). BRI is a nationally recognized robotics competition organization that provides middle and high school students with a hands-on experience in engineering through an annual robotics competition. The BRI model focuses on two competition levels - local (Hub) and regional - wherein teams of students in grades 6-12 from different schools compete with the robots they have designed and built. Students gain much more from the program than how to build a robot; they learn teamwork, presentation, and problem-solving skills. Unlike other robotic competitions BEST takes on the challenging task of obtaining all funding for schools. RM BEST is an all-volunteer organization - there is no paid staff.
BEST is one of the most powerful programs available contributing to students' better understanding AND enjoyment of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). The BEST concept of creating a game-like environment of competition in the same venue as public and sporting events is a proven and elegant method to engage students in the sciences. A fundamental principle of BEST is to engage volunteers to serve as mentors to students and to provide the robotics kits at no cost so that financial constraints are not barriers to participation. There is significant demand for this no-cost opportunity not being met in the region and RM BEST is ideally positioned to meet that demand.
"BEST was one of my first experiences with robotics competition and I had a ton of fun while doing it… Your competition opened many doors for me and widened my horizons on what I can do in Robotics." Dylan, Thomas Jefferson HS, Denver, CO
"Thanks so much for letting us keep the robot for this long! I was able to convince our Board of Education that this should be a class and was able to secure funding for an additional teacher for our department. The robot helped with this!!!" Diane Freehling, teacher, Valley HS, Gilcrest, CO
"Seeing the change in students going from uninformed to informed after Kickoff event" - Ameet Patel - Aurora Quest K-8
"Awesome Program" - David Garcia, Jr. - mentor of Holy Trinity School and Bishop Machebeuf HS teams
"BEST Robotics can be life altering for kids. Hard work and self-discipline mixed with ingenuity and intellectual stimulus is an EDP for building great 21st century achievers.".
2015,2016,2017 Regionals - SoCo GRRT Coach, Jo Ahlm
You help run a wonderful competition that changed the lives of all my students--they learned so much and were talking about the competition we were in until the end of the year. Kalyn Wyckoff Teacher
DSST Byers has competed in BEST for the last 3 years and it has become a core element of our robotics program. Unlike most other competitions we believe that BEST challenges our students across multiple disciplines including design, manufacture, marketing and sales, all skills that will be needed in future professional lives. The competition itself drives the greatest amount of creativity in strategy and problem solving with multiple tasks that need to be met with limited resource materials and at nominal cost. The students embrace these challenges, overcome them and at the same time have fun combined with the excitement of competition. Andrew
Participation in BEST robotics competitions has been a genuinely inspiring experience for kids in SMA's (St. Mary's Academy) middle school and high school robotics programs. The opportunity to apply STEM concepts lends authenticity and meaningful application to what kids learn academically, and this happens again and again in preparation for and participation in BEST competitions. The implicit equity built into BEST through it's no-cost approach genuinely opens doors to the world of science and engineering to anyone willing to take six weeks to take on a BEST challenge. Dave G
I worked my hardest for six weeks building a robot, I got my butt kicked competing with it and lost, and I am a happy man because now I feel actually qualified to build another one! - T. Garcia
What do you get when you take fifteen troubled adolescent males with little to none experience in robotics, and then set them off for six weeks with two tubs of materials to make a functioning robot for competition purposes? You get chaos. You get distrust, anger, and bickering- but what else? For us, we developed the beginning threads of trust, some inside jokes, and reconciliation. We also got an absolute juggernaut robot that blew everyone away- including its creators. - Cassidy R.
Since I've been on the Rambotics team, I have learned a lot of things you couldn't learn in a classroom or sport setting. Some of these things include how to build a robot out of a select amount of materials, team building skills, how to use math and science in a fun way, and how to be in a business like situation and still have fun at the same time. We did team building exercises together, we used problem solving skills to help us, and the whole team worked as one and got a 1st place winning robot made. - Dustin S.
Thank you so much for all you do! I'm so amazed at how much this challenge has affected my students! - JC Clark, Bishop Machebeuf HS
We are giving vision to young men and women, they may not be able to find otherwise, that will take them places they would not be able to go without this experience. I am proud to serve with you, investing in the hope of our future. Jon Barber, Co Pit Boss
Thank you so much for your service and dedication to the BEST Robotics organization. You are an instrumental part of this organization that is making a difference in young men and women's lives.
I know that this program made a significant impact on several of our students who are now seeking a career in engineering because of the experience they had in the BEST Robotics competition. Thanks for the support and dedication to the kids in our community and for promoting BEST.
Tom Spicer, Valor Christian HS