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The South Dakota State University campus will be closing from 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31 until 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, due to the Blizzard Warning that will go into effect 7 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. on Saturday morning.  SDSU will then return to the normal weekend schedule on Saturday morning. Only essential employees as deemed by their supervisors will report to work during the closure hours. On Friday morning, ensure you continue to monitor the weather and work with your supervisor or instructor on your individual travel concerns. For additional closure information please check the Emergency Management website

Jackrabbit BEST Robotics

BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology)

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!

Competition Information

All events are free and open to the public

To Register your Team, visit the My Schools - BEST Robotics.

Kick- Off Day

  • Saturday, September 16, 2023 at the Raven Precision Ag Building
    • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Registration
    • 9:30 a.m.- Welcome/ Unveil
    • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kit Pick up
    • 12-1 p.m. Lunch on your Own
    • 1:15-3 p.m. Break out sessions
    • 3-4 p.m. General questions/ Closing

Practice Day

  • Saturday, October 21, 2023 at the Raven Precision Ag Building
    • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Practice time

Game Day 

  • Friday, November 10, 2023 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Performing Art Center
  • Compete
  • Present
  • Display educational exhibit
  • Have a lot of fun!
  • Winners of robotics competition and BEST Award advance to a regional championship in Denver, Colorado

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


Event Contacts

Videos from Past Competitions


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