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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 Newland


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


Kim Sheppard

Co-Hub Director

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. ;))


Greg Springer

Co-Hub Director

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.

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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!