BESToriginated in 1993 when Ted Mahler and Steve Marum, two engineers with Texas Instruments in Sherman, Texas, started the program as a competition for rural schools in the area. The first competition hosted 14 schools and 221 students. In fall 2012, over 875 schools and 18,000 students participated.
BEST is an equal opportunity program. Any public, private, or home school may participate in BEST.