All About Us

Our BEST Hub serves students in middle schools and high schools in Northwest Alabama and the surrounding areas. Our Hub is a partnership between NW-SCC and Shoals Chamber of Commerce.

Our NW Alabama BEST Co-hub Directors are Greg Springer and Kim Sheppard, instructors at NW-SCC. Our Advising Director for the Hub is Stephanie Newland from the Shoals Chamber of Commerce.


Stephanie has been Co-Hub Director for the past 8 years and now serves as an Advisor. She's the best of BEST!


Stephanie Newland


Kim has been involved with NW Alabama BEST for a few years and has taught mathematics at NW-SCC for over 20 years. (We don't have to say exactly how many. ;))

Co-Hub Director

Kim Sheppard


Greg is the director of "all things technical" and has worked with NW Alabama BEST for many years. Greg also works with VEX IQ competitions at NW-SCC and teaches Industrial Tech classes at NW-SCC.

Co-Hub Director

Greg Springer

Follow and LIKE US!


About Us

The NW Alabama BEST Hub is a partnership between the Shoals Chamber of Commerce and Northwest-Shoals Community College

BEST is an acronym for Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology, and is a national program with fifty local competition sites in eighteen states. It is administered by BEST Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, that sets curriculum and competition standards. The mission of BEST is to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through participation in a competitive robotics program that fosters knowledge, teamwork, and communication. A major tenet of the program is that it is FREE to schools; there is no cost for robotics materials nor to enter a team.


Take advantage of the chance to get inspired by some truly talented individuals. Reserve your team's spot for 2019 now!

©2018 by NW Alabama BEST Robotics. Proudly created with