Gatekeeper (2013)
As the world of electronics grows larger and larger, the internal components continue to grow smaller and smaller. Transistors, gates, registers, memory, decoders - all working together making electronics simple yet complex. We all agree, future economies will depend on us building the BEST robots and cutting-edge technology.

The BEST Robotics motto has always been “no robot left behind”. One challenge remains: Squeaky, the original BEST robot needs serious upgrades to become Squeaky 2.0. Almost all of the components for Squeaky’s upgrade have been secured through generous BEST sponsors, but one component is still missing: the BEST CPU (Central Processing Unit). Squeaky 2.0 will require the newest and fastest CPU on the market.

This year's primary objective is to design a prototype robot to construct a CPU over the course of three fabrication stages.

Competition Results
Robotics Competition Winners
1stClear Creek ISD
2ndAcademy of Science & Technology
3rdThe Woodlands Homeschoolers
4thCypress Springs High School
BEST Award Winners
1stThe Woodlands Homeschoolers
2ndClear Creek ISD
3rdEast Early College High School
Founders Award for Creative Design
The Woodlands Homeschoolers
Most Robust Machine
Clear Creek ISD
Most Elegant Machine
Cypress Springs High School
Most Photogenic Machine
East Early College High School
Five Star Award
Academy of Science & Technology
Teams highlighed in green advanced to the Texas BEST regional competition.

The following teams competed in our 2013 competition:
  • Academy of Science and Health Professionals
  • Academy of Science and Technology
  • Clear Creek ISD
  • Cypress Springs High School
  • Cypress Woods High School
  • East Early College High School
  • Elkins High School
  • James E Taylor High School
  • John Cooper School - High School
  • John Cooper School - Middle School
  • Kempner High School
  • South Montgomery County Homeschoolers
  • Waltrip High School
  • Westside High School
  • The Woodlands Homeschoolers
Schedule (More Details)
  • Kickoff Day - 09/07/13 @ LSC - Montgomery
  • Demo Day - 10/12/13 @ The Woodlands Mall
  • Game Day - 10/18/13 & 10/19/13 @ The Woodlands College Park High School
Many thanks to the sponsors of the 2013 competition!
Premier Sponsor
Baker Hughes
Platinum Sponsor
  • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

Silver Sponsors
  • ExxonMobil
  • GJ Snyder III

Bronze Sponsors
  • Chevron
National Sponsors
Vex Consulting igus
BEST Friends
  • LogoStuff, Inc.
  • Stokes Hardware
  • Steve Bliven
Venue Sponsors
  • Lone Star College - Montgomery
  • The Woodlands Mall
  • Conroe Independent School District