COLLIN COUNTY BEST

Keeping students interested in STEM -- BEST makes it happen!

aka CoCo BEST   |   Plano, TX   |  www.cocobest.org

Mission

The mission of CoCo BEST (Collin County Boosting Science, Engineering, and Technology) is to promote and perform educational project-based learning activities that inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through participation in a sports-like science and engineering-based robotics program. We provide an extracurricular academic experience that engages students through teamwork, self-directed learning, apprenticeship, and problem solving. Students do all of the work; mentors only guide the students. Our primary activity revolves around two parallel annual competitions: (1) a robotics game, tied to real-world applications, and (2) the BEST Award, which is presented to the team that demonstrates the best use of the engineering design process.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Ms. Janne Ackerman

Assistant Executive Director

Mr. Otis Gorley

Main address

1609 Iowa Dr

Plano, TX 75093 USA

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EIN

27-3229609

NTEE code info

Engineering (U42)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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Annual Robotics Program

The BETS Robotics season occurs during the fall semester. Each year a new game is introduced to students at the Kickoff event. Students observe the game field, hear the rules of the program and competition explained, then receive their returnable and consumable kits. The school teams have 6 weeks (42 days) to design, build, and test a robot to perform well against the game goals.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

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Financials

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COLLIN COUNTY BEST

Board of directors
as of 9/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Janne Ackerman

BEST Robotics, Inc.

Term: 2012 -

Otis Gorley

Texas Instruments

Judy Patterson

Texas Tech University/ Dept. of Engineering and Computer Science

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No