Youth Development

BEST Robotics, Inc.

aka BEST

Georgetown, TX

Mission

BEST is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology, and math (STEM) through participation in a sports-like, science- and engineering-based robotics program.

Students participate in a six-week long, fall robotics program experience supported by local industries and organizations who provide mentors – technical professionals and engineers – to help guide the students. Students are the sole participants and primary decision‐makers, designers and builders of a BEST robot. There is no fee for students to participate and the equipment and materials needed for the robotics division of the competition are provided at no cost to the school.

Since 1994, BEST Robotics, Inc. (BRI) has engaged over 200,000 middle school and high school students from across the nation. Each year we support nearly 900 teams of an average of 20 students each through the generous support of our volunteers and sponsors. Our program attracts significant numbers of young women (34%) and minorities (41%). By providing our students with a real-world engineering experience that incorporates a practical application of math and science, our students emerge technology literate, are better prepared to enter the workforce, and develop leadership, project management, teamwork and organizational skills. These students will be the STEM professionals of the future.

Ruling Year

1998

Executive Director

Ms. Janne Ackerman

President

Dr. Kenneth Berry

Main Address

PO Box 1024

Georgetown, TX 78627 USA

Keywords

engineering, science, technology, robotics, students, outreach

EIN

75-2733350

 Number

0044580636

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Single Organization Support (O11)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Boosting Engineering Science and Technology Robotics Competition

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BEST Robotics, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Most of our effort on diversity is focused on attracting and retaining diverse participants and volunteers in our program, not on our board of directors or staff. In 2014, we attracted 34% young women and 41% minorities participating in our robotics program.