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About Us

BEST of Texas Robotics

At BEST of Texas Robotics (BTR), we are on a mission to ignite the passion for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) in the hearts and minds of middle and high school students. We firmly believe that the future belongs to those who can harness the power of these disciplines, and we're committed to making learning in these areas exciting, accessible, and fun.

Our Approach

We understand that the journey into STEAM fields can be intimidating for young learners. That's why we take a hands-on, interactive approach to education. We specialize in making basic robotics and technology not just educational, but genuinely thrilling. We believe that when students are excited about what they're learning, they are more likely to excel and pursue careers in these dynamic fields.

Collaboration for Impact

BTR doesn't work alone. We collaborate with organizations, schools, and communities to create meaningful STEAM education opportunities. By working together, we can reach more students and inspire the next generation of innovators, problem-solvers, and creators.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where every student has the chance to explore their potential in STEAM, where creativity meets technology, and where innovation knows no bounds. Through our programs and partnerships, we strive to bring this vision to life one learning moment at a time.

Join us in this exciting journey of discovery, growth, and empowerment. Together, we can cultivate a future where STEAM education thrives, and our students are well-equipped to tackle the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow!

Welcome From BTR

Johannes Starks, Executive Director

Johannes Starks currently serves as the Executive Director of BEST of Texas Robotics, overseeing a network that impacts over 300 schools and 3000 students across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico. Actively traveling the state, she encourages District leaders and industry partners to play a pivotal role in shaping the STEM pipeline by mentoring students in STEM competitions and assisting them in uncovering their hidden talents. In her previous role as the Campus Director for iSchool High STEM Academy in Lewisville, Johannes excelled in fostering collaborations with entities such as High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH), the United States Patent and Trade Office, and Young Science Achievers Program (YSAP), ensuring meaningful STEM experiences for students. Driven by a commitment to align her vision with STEM education, Johannes actively collaborates with organizations, aiming to provide transformative opportunities. Drawing inspiration from observing students' lives undergo positive transformations through their participation in network schools, she firmly believes in their inherent potential to achieve greatness.

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