History

About BEST

A coalition of seven federal agencies provided seed funding in 2001 to launch BEST, a non-profit organization, to broaden the participation of women and historically under-represented minorities in STEM. 

Following the submission of three reports to Congress on the nation’s most effective STEM diversity programs, the Office of the Secretary of Defense selected BEST in 2005 as its principal contractor support for developing a K-12 portfolio of STEM outreach activities. 

BEST has been awarded more than $35 million in grants and contracts to execute a program that has encompassed strategic planning, management of external partnerships, community engagement, DoD laboratory outreach, communications, and evaluation.

The distinctive strengths upon which BEST draws are: nationally recognized content knowledge of STEM education and diversity from pre-K through the workplace; the agility and cost structure of a virtual organization; state-of-the-art strategic communications capacity; longstanding collaboration with non-profits and institutions of higher education; proven evaluation expertise.