Welcome to the 2016 August / September 
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter  
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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! 
  2015 Ralston Valley Regionals    Robot
" We are giving vision to young men and women, they may not be able to find otherwise, that will take them places they would not be able to go without this experience.  I am proud to serve with you, investing in the hope of our future."  
Jon Barber , Volunteer, Pit Boss

Rocky Mountain BEST Kickoff Event was held on 3 September to introduce the 2016 BET the FARM game.  Although a holiday weekend, 295 students, mentors and teachers were able to attend. We now look forward to the October Practice Day and Game Day Competition.

We are excited to get you involved in the fun! BELOW is a list of needed volunteer jobs for the 2016 season.  
  • Jobs in GREEN text need volunteers to cover both 8 AND 15 October.
  •  Jobs with * require a few hours of advance training or reading. 
  • All other jobs received directions the day of the event.
  • Just REPLY TO THIS EMAIL and I'll help you find a job that's a good fit for you
  • You do NOT need to know how to build a robot!  
  • Just a few hours of reading or hands-on instruction for a FEW jobs requiring training  
2016 BET THE FARM Logo  

2016 Kickoff Gym  Stevens Crop Low
RM BEST Kickoff at South High School on 3 September

HELP us find a job for you at the RM BEST October Events!
RM BEST Practice Day
7 and 8 October   
 Aurora Frontier P-8, 
3200 South Jericho Way, Aurora
  1. Move and setup volunteers Friday for 2-4 hours
  2. Setup volunteers Saturday for 2-4 hours
  3. Compliance Check Saturday for 2-4 hours*
  4. Team Registration Saturday for 2-4 hours
  5. Volunteer Registration Saturday for 2-4 hours
  6. Pit Support Saturday for 6 hours
  7. Staging Support Saturday for 4 hours
  8. AV Set Up Friday for 2-4 hours
  9. Referees Saturday for 6 hours*
  10. Scorekeepers Saturday for 6 hours*
  11. Cleanup and move Saturday for 2-4 hours
  12. General Help Saturday for 6 hours
  13. Hospitality Saturday for 6 hours
2016 Kickoff Kits
RM BEST Game Day
14 and 15 October   
 Auraria Event Center at MSU Denver, Downtown Denver
  1. Move and setup volunteers Friday for 2-4 hours
  2. Setup volunteers Saturday for 2-4 hours
  3. Compliance Check Saturday for 3 hours*
  4. Team Registration Saturday for 2-4 hours
  5. Volunteer Registration Saturday for 2-5 hours
  6. Pit Support Saturday for 2-8 hours
  7. Staging Support Saturday for 8 hours
  8. AV Set Up Friday for 2-4 hours
  9. Referees Saturday for 8 hours*
  10. Scorekeepers Saturday for 8 hours*
  11. Cleanup and move Saturday for 2 hours
  12. General Help Saturday for 2-8 hours
  13. Hospitality Saturday for 6 hours 
  14. Judges Saturday for 7 hours*
2016 Kickoff Students
If you are interested in any of  these RM BEST volunteer jobs or need more information, please contact me at  linda.king@bestinc.org   for more information and to get on the 2016 volunteer list.
Schools Busy Preparing for the Competition
We are thrilled to have 28 schools participating in the 2016 Rocky Mountain BEST  competition. The schools marked with a * are new to BEST. 
2015 Awards

School District/City
Abraham Lincoln High School * Denver
Aurora Frontier P-8 * Aurora
Aurora Quest * Aurora
Aurora West College Prep Academy * Aurora
Bishop Machebeuf High School Denver
Broomfield High School Boulder Valley
Columbine Middle School * Montrose
Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design * Denver
DSST Byers Denver
DSST Cole High School Denver
DSST Green Valley Ranch High School Denver
DSST Stapleton High School Denver
East Middle School * Aurora
Gateway High School Aurora
High Tech Early College Denver
Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley School District St. Vrain Valley
Manning Middle School Jeffco
Monarch High School * Boulder Valley
Mrachek Middle School Aurora
New Vista High School Boulder Valley
Ralston Valley High School Jeffco
Skinner Middle School Denver
Skyline High School St. Vrain Valley
St. Mary's Academy (Middle School) * Englewood
Thomas Jefferson High School Denver
Vista Peak Exploratory * Aurora
Wheat Ridge High School Jeffco
William Smith High School *    Aurora

ErieBEST  Outreach @ Erie Air Fair
 Binary Bead Bracelets & Learning about BEST

2016 Outreach
Rocky Mountain BEST participated in the Erie Air Fair on Saturday, August 13, in the Adventure Zone for Children where lots was going on in the hangar. The event was
well-attended - even more people attended the family friendly event than last year!   
Rocky Mountain BEST volunteers were busy all day with two tables dedicated to helping kids make 130 Binary Bead bracelets. The activity put the child's name initials on a cord with each letter followed by its computer version in ASCII code. Talk about bits and bytes!  
At our display table, people signed up to volunteer, got information about the BEST competitions, and took home coal rocks from 2015 Pay Dirt game as souvenirs! It was a great community day, and we look forward to participating next year.   
2016 Outreach

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 donates 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.  Since 1 Oct 2015, Kroger has donated over $1700 to Rocky Mountain BEST because of purchases from one of our cards! Interested?   Contact Lois Walton at lwalton@rmbest.org  to make arrangements to purchase a card. 
Amazon Smile -
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Rocky Mountain BEST whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
Donations - Finally, you can also donate to Rocky Mountain BEST at Rocky Mountain BEST at ColoradoGives.org

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