Welcome to the 2016 March Rocky Mountain BEST Newsletter.  In this newsletter is our tentative 2016 schedule; near term volunteer needs; list of signed up 2016 schools; BEST  Robotics,Inc summer Conference/Workshop; our 2015 competition video and Boosting BEST fundraiser results; March & April Outreach activities; and introducing 2 of our generous 2016 corporate sponsors. 
Helping inspire youth for a lifetime!
Help us b ring a 7th year of BEST robotics to over 400 Colorado Middle & High School Students with the 2016 BET THE FARM game! 
BEST Game Timeline
  BEST Game Timeline
2016 Game BET THE FARM
To Challenge and Inspire Student Teams!
Rocky Mountain BEST has tentatively established the dates for our fall competition events and summer workshop event. Please save the event dates so you can volunteer or attend these events.

2016 Event
Event Time and Place
Teacher / Mentor Institute - 2 day teacher/ mentor training provided
 jointly with Front Range BEST Hub
Attendance by invitation:  Teachers/ Mentors. NO STUDENTS.
Thursday and Friday,     21-22 July
Metropolitan State University of Denver Student Success Building

Kickoff - Game revealed, student and teacher/ mentor training and protobot demo.
Attendance by invitation: Student teams and Teachers/ Mentors.
Saturday, 3 September
(Labor Day Weekend)
Noon - 4 PM
Venue - To be determined

Practice Day - Time for student teams to practice with their robots on 4 quadrant game field.
Attendance open to the public.
Saturday, 8 October
9 AM - 3 PM
Venue - To be determined
Game Day - Student teams compete for awards on 4 quadrant game field.
Attendance open to the public.
Saturday, 15 October
7 AM - 5:00 PM
Metropolitan State University of Denver Auraria Event Center

Our volunteers leading the work on preparing for our BET THE FARM games are reviewing the early March release of draft rules and game field drawings. Six Rocky Mountain BEST volunteers will attend the April BEST Robotics Inc. (BRI) Prototype Game Weekend in Wichita, Kansas to get hands-on knowledge of the game field and learn about any planned updates to the rules. 
2016 Game Teaser - BET THE FARM
2016 BEST Game Teaser BET THE FARM
The full details of the BET THE FARM game will be revealed to the student teams at the September Kickoff Event.

In case you missed it, our national BEST Robotics Inc. (BRI) has released a 90 second Game Teaser Video for this year's Game - BET THE FARM. This year's game teaser is available on YouTube at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx7TeeGObHw

  2016 BET THE FARM bESTology Announced 
14 Sets of Weekly Activities Posted Each Sunday Starting 24 January
What is bESTology?  

bESTology is the study of Engineering, Science and Technology. Students are encouraged to become bESTologists!  
A harvest of weekly activities are unveiled each Sunday @ 5:00 p.m. MT. Each post contains HINTS for the upcoming BEST Robotics Game - BET THE FARM. In addition, bESTology teaches the science, engineering and technology that will enhance the learning experience for the 2016 BEST game. 
We will be hosting 28 Schools + 1 Alternate at our 2016 Competition
We are thrilled to have 15 schools signed up for the 2016 Rocky Mountain BEST competition. Teachers may continue to sign up their teams for the 2016  BET THE FARM competition. We are coordinating with the Front Range BEST Hub team who are recruiting schools from the southwestern portion of the Denver metro area including Douglas County. In addition, SoCo BEST @Trinidad State is recruiting teachers in southern Colorado and Great Plains BEST in Julesburg Colorado is recruiting  teachers in northeastern Colorado. Rocky Mountain BEST is also talking with teachers from other areas in Colorado.
Of the 15 signed up schools listed in the table below, the two schools marked with a * are new to BEST. 
We will continue to sign up schools through August with a waiting list once we fill our available slots.  Please ask any interested schools to contact Jose Lopez at jlopez@rmbest.org.
RM BEST 2016 Schools
School District
Broomfield High School
Columbine Middle School*
Cripple Creek - Victor Secondary School
Lake County High School LAKE COUNTY R-1
Neighborhood Center @ Skinner Middle School DENVER COUNTY 1
Ralston Valley High School JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1
Skyline High School ST VRAIN VALLEY RE 1J
Thomas Jefferson High School DENVER COUNTY 1
Walt Clark Middle School* THOMPSON R2-J
Wheat Ridge High School JEFFERSON COUNTY 1
Woodland Park High School WOODLAND PARK RE-2
Woodland Park Middle School WOODLAND PARK RE-2

Near Term 2016 BET THE FARM Volunteers
Check out the Opportunities to Join in the Fun this Spring!
In the table below are several opportunities to help bring BEST Robotics to the Denver metro area. 
Look for more information in the coming months on ways to help build the game field this summer. In July, we'll be identifying the many volunteer positions for the September and October events.  No experience required.
P lease save 3 September, 8 October and 15 October for volunteering at the fall events.
Volunteer Position
Position Details
Rocky Mtn BEST Monday Kit Team Currently finishing
refurbishment of tested 2015 kits to prepare for 2016 kit distribution. Beginning to prepare materials for July Teacher / Mentor Institute. 

Most Mondays ~10 AM - 3 PM with a lunch break at a local restaurant. 
999 Vallejo St #2 (Unit 34) in Denver near I-25 and 8th Avenue.
Contact Carolyn at  cbauer@rmbest.org for more information.  We can  always use an extra hand and no experience or specific skill is needed.
Rocky Mtn BEST Hub Awards and Judging Lead - this position   coordinates all the Award and Judging activities including: training for student teams and judging volunteers; arranging for judging leads and judging volunteers to fill the judging slots for Game Day; and procuring Student Team Awards. If
you know someone to share this responsibility, co-leads are permitted.
Primary Activities are May - October.
Volunteer is able to determine  schedule with attendance at Game Day on 15 October required. 
Effort is estimated as approximately 4 hours per week.
Contact Linda.King@bestinc.org  if you are interested in learning more about this position.
All the subcommittee positions have excellent leads in place to support Awards and Judging Lead.  Prior experience as a BEST volunteer helpful - especially in judging - but it is not required.
Front Range BEST Hub Volunteers -  The Front Range BEST hub needs volunteers to help with the competition in the southwestern portion of the  Metro Denver area.
Primary Activities are May - October.
Please contact Tami Kirkland at  Tami.Kirkland@frontrangebest.org if you, friends, or family are interested in joining in the fun with this great group.  No prior BEST robotics experience required.

11-16 July 2016 University of Texas Dallas
Invitations will go our shortly and we wanted to see if any of our volunteers might be interested in this Texas summer program with 36 hours of CEUs available for attendees.  Please contact me at linda.king@bestinc.org to receive more information including cost when it is available.
Thanks to all those who made it possible!
2015 Rocky Mtn BEST Competition
We recently posted our 2015 PAY DIRT Video on YouTube.  Click the box to the right to access the 12 minute video or click the button below to bring up  the video on YouTube site.    
Thank you to all the 130 enthusiastic volunteers, hardworking teachers and mentors, over 400 talented students from 28 teams, and our generous sponsors that made the 2015 competition a success.

The partnership of Rocky Mountain BEST and Front Range BEST volunteers created our successful BOOSTING BEST fundraiser to provide NO COST robotics competitions to local schools in 2016!  T he 25 February Boosting BEST fundraiser provided a financial boost of over $20,000 towards the 2016 Front Range and Rocky Mountain BEST competitions. Thanks to our generous matching donor for the added boost!
Thank you again  to the 100 attendees including Denver School of Science and technology Byers Middle School and STEM Academy students, teachers, and mentors. And special thanks to Builders Appliance Center who provided their facility, and the donors of over 300 items and the 20 volunteers who made this all possible. 
2016 Aerospace Day at Capitol The State of Colorado passed Joint Resolution 16-022 declaring March 21 st, 2016, as Colorado Aerospace Day to celebrate the many Aerospace Companies making their home in Colorado. At the rotunda of the capitol, representatives from most of those companies and from universities brought in booths to showcase their accomplishments and future prospects. Rocky Mountain BEST had a joint presence with our host, Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver). RM BEST Executive Director and MSU Denver Lecturer José López represented both organizations. MSU Denver students that participated in BEST were also helping out for the day event.   The DSST Byers 2015 winning robot was on display.
On Sunday, April 10, from noon - 4pm, adults and youth can attend Aerobotics at Hanger at Wings Over the Rockies Museum Formerly known as RATH (Robotics At The Hangar), the event merges aerospace and robotics into Aerobotics! Rocky Mountain BEST has scheduled a hands-on activity for kids (Binary Bead Jewelry), a chance to drive a robot, and robot demonstrations by D'Evelyn JR/SR HS and DSST Byers Middle School student teams using last year's robots and game field. There will be lots of activities to be enjoyed! We hope you can attend and visit with us at the RM BEST table. Aerobotics information at this link  The event is FREE to Wings Members and General admission fees apply to non-members.

Rocky Mountain BEST uses a variety of sources to raise the funds to provide competition events and robotics materials to Colorado schools for no cost to the schools. 

So far in 2016 the following corporations have provided funding to Rocky Mountain BEST.  If you know of a corporation that is interested in supporting bringing no cost robotics competitions to Colorado, please have them contact me at linda.king@bestinc.org. It would be a pleasure to discuss how their corporation can contribute.
Jeppesen Logo Jeppesen provided a generous donation for the 5th 
year to Rocky Mountain BEST. Their funds are used for Consumable Kits, Game Field build materials and other expenses that bring all the pieces together to hold our competition.

For the second year in a row, Best Buy Foundation provided a generous grant for Rocky Mountain BEST to purchase additional Returnable Electronics Kits. This grant allows us to replace our oldest Electronics Kits and to grant the refurbished kits to the newest Colorado Hubs -- helping expand BEST competitions in Colorado!
Benevity -
 If your company has gift matching through Benevity, Rocky Mountain BEST is one of the eligible non-profit organizations. Please check with your company about gift matching!
Kroger Gift Card - If you have a Rocky Mountain BEST King Soopers Gift Card, Kroger will donate 5% of EVERY gift card purchase -- including card refills -- to Rocky Mountain BEST... all at no cost to you -- FOREVER! Everyone needs groceries and gas. Remember to use your Rocky Mountain BEST Gift card to benefit Rocky Mountain BEST. It's really easy.  Interested?   Contact Lois Walton at lwalton@rmbest.org to make arrangements to purchase a card. 
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Donations - Finally, you can also donate to Rocky Mountain BEST at Rocky Mountain BEST at ColoradoGives.org

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