Welcome to the official T.E.A.C.H. Robotics website!
Who Are We?
T.E.A.C.H. Robotics is a company of engineers and designers who have been constructing robots for years. T.E.A.C.H. represents the Texas Association of Catholic Homeschoolers, an organization dedicated to homeschooling education. The team’s goal is to help spearhead industries such as farming and mining while promoting BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology). We are part of the Cowtown Best hub. To see the company’s progress through the years, you can visit the pages of past products, competition, and photos.
The BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) competition is known throughout most of the United States. This competition is held every year with a different “theme” and different tasks for the robots. This year’s theme is called “Off the Grid”. Some themes before this year were “Mining”, “Windmills”, and “Chip-boards”. Every year BEST gives each team four motors and four servos and many other helpful materials to make the robot; certain ‘consumable’ materials, like extra PVC or wood, we must get ourselves. Many of the teams ask for sponsorship in money, t-shirts, and even pizza for that reason. This competition is made for middle and high-schoolers who are interested in careers that involve engineering.
You might be thinking, “Well I don’t really want to be an engineer,” that’s okay, building the robot is only a little part of what we do. When you enter BEST there are two competitions:
- The actual game, where you build and drive the robot.
- The Competition called “BEST”.
The “BEST” is mainly “Marketing”, team spirit, making t-shirts, writing notebooks, even making a booth, etc… The list can go on for a long time.
By “marketing” it is meant making booths, writing a professional notebook or journal, and so forth. The teams are supposedly actual companies trying to advertise their robots. There is a section of BEST during which the team dresses formally and the judges will come and ask questions about their robot and team.
BEST started in 1993 and grew throughout the years. TEACH (Texas Association of Catholic Homeschoolers) joined this competition several years ago and has continued each year with more and new people. 2015 was the first time we found the special marketing part of BEST and tried it. In following years, we plan to work harder with our sponsorship and outreach.
To learn more, please visit BEST’s website at: about_BEST
This year’s theme is named “Off the Grid”. This year’s competition challenges teams to construct a robot that is capable of repairing aerial and residential powerlines, safely deliver insulator parts autonomously, and clear and deposit various debris that could be in the way of the robot or the linemen. The focus of this competition is to help make a safer environment for the linemen that so diligently keep our grid running efficiently.
Each year BEST releases a teaser trailer for us teams to guess and get excited about the season. At this point, we are at various outreach events for the children of our community to help spread the word about STEM and BEST.
You can find this year’s teaser trailer here: https://bit.ly/2C5HYG9
Following their teaser trailer and upon launch of the season, BEST releases the game animation which covers the details of the field, the jobs of the driver and spotter, the available tasks and methods to score points.
You can find this year’s game animation here: https://bit.ly/2qgDB8g
Our team is very proud and excited to be able to compete in this competition. We all learn a lot each year and are glad to be able to pass down knowledge to new team members constantly.
All of this would not be possible without our biggest sponsor: BEST Robotics!! We are extremely grateful for everything they and their associates do for all of our teams! A big thank you to BEST and all of their sponsors!!
If you are interested in joining a team or you are just interested in robotics and what BEST and the teams do, you can check out BEST on their national website here. Or you can click on their very good looking national logo:
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