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Jackrabbit BEST Robotics


BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics Inc. started in Texas in 1993 by two engineers from Texas Instruments. Since then, interest in the program has helped create 50 hubs (local competition sites) nationwide. SDSU is proud to be one of the newest hubs.

The mission of BEST Robotics Inc. is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science- and engineering-based robotics competition.

BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) offers

  • the EXCITEMENT of a basketball game
  • the STRATEGY of a chess match
  • the INTELLECTUAL CHALLENGE of a science fair
  • the PRESSURE of a competitive sporting event

. . . plus hundreds of screaming fans, pep bands, cheerleaders, music, dancing, and mascots!

View the 2016 Results

Watch the 2016 Bet the Farm Competition in the video below


Watch the 2017 CROSS-FIRE Game Teaser

HintsbESTology - Friends of BEST in Alabama has fire-and-rescue resources and game hints!!

2017 Schedule for “CROSS-FIRE”


  • 2017 registration is open at EventBrite
  • FREE to teams (no registration fee and all
    supplies provided by generous sponsors)
  • Register now to reserve a space in the competition
  • Teams accepted on first-come, first-served basis
  • One team per school but no limit on team size

Kick-Off Day: Saturday, September 16th – SDSU Student Union, Brookings, SD

  • Playing field and game revealed
  • Teams receive kits for robot
  • Training sessions

Practice Day: Saturday, October 21st – SDSU, Brookings, SD

  • Optional work day on SDSU campus for teams
  • Teams practice with robot on actual competition field

Game Day: Saturday, October 28th – Swiftel Center, Brookings, SD

  • Robot Competition
  • BEST judging
    • Exhibit & Interview
    • Marketing Presentation
    • Spirit & Sportsmanship
  • Winners move on to Northern Plains Regional in Fargo, ND.

All events are free and open to the public


To become a part of this amazing event, contact Kim Prohaska, Jackrabbit BEST Hub Director, by email or 605.688.6268

For more information about the national organization, visit the BEST Robotics Inc. website.