Welcome to the 2016 July Rocky Mountain BEST 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 volunteers are busy finalizing the student robotic kits and building our 2016 BET the FARM game field for the September Kickoff event and October Practice Day and Game Day Competitions.

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  

HELP us find a job for you at the RM BEST September and October Events!
RM BEST Kickoff
2 and 3 September
Denver South High School
  1. Move and setup volunteers Friday for 2-4 hours
  2. Setup volunteer Saturday for 2-4 hours
  3. Team Registration Saturday for 2-4 hours
  4. Volunteer Registration Saturday for 2-4 hours
  5. Cleanup and move Saturday for 2 hours    
  6. Computer Set Up Saturday for 2 hours
  7. AV Set Up Friday for 2-4 hours
  8. Breakout presenters Saturday for 2-4 hours
  9. Referees Saturday for 4 hours *
  10. Kit distribution Saturday for 2-4 hours
  11. Runners Saturday for 2-4 hours
  12. Hospitality Saturday for 6 hours

RM BEST Practice Day
7 and 8 October   
 Aurora School to be announced
  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. Runners Saturday for 6 hours
  13. Hospitality Saturday for 6 hours 
  14. Announcer Saturday for 6 hours *
2015 Game Field
RM BEST Game Day
14 and 15 October
Downtown Denver, Auraria Event Center
  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. Runners Saturday for 2-8 hours
  13. Hospitality Saturday for 6 hours 
  14. Announcer Saturday for 8 hours*
  15. Judges Saturday for 7 hours*

  • Jobs in GREEN need volunteers who are able 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. 
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.

We will be hosting 28 Schools + 1 Alternate at our 2016 Competition
WOW!  We are thrilled to have 29 schools signed up for the 2016 Rocky Mountain BEST  competition. The 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 continue to ask any interested schools to contact Jose Lopez at jlopez@rmbest.org  for Rocky Mountain BEST (all of Colorado), Tami Kirkland at 
Tami.Kirkland@frontrangebest.org for  Front Range BEST (southwest Metro Denver including Douglas county), Debbie Ulibarri  at  Debbie.Ulibarri@trinidadstate.edu  for SoCo@TrinidadState BEST (southern Colorado), and Larry Turner at larryturner08@yahoo.com  for the new Golden Plains BEST (northeast Colorado) debuting their draft logo.

RM BEST logo  
 Golden Plains Logo Option


as of 27 July 2016

School District/City
Abraham Lincoln High School * Denver
Aurora Frontier P-8 * 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
Hill Middle School * 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
University Schools * Greeley
Vista Peak Exploratory * Aurora
Wheat Ridge High School Jeffco
William Smith High School *   (ALT) Aurora

SpotlightVolunteer Spotlight: Teacher / Mentor Institute; Kit and Game Field Teams
Working behind the Scenes to Make the Competition Possible
Let's take time to celebrate some of our awesome volunteers:

The Kit Team has been working since January to inventory, repair, recondition, purchase, cut and count all the materials for the returnable and consumable robotics kits for the student teams from 3 Colorado hubs.  

The Teacher / Mentor Institute Team with  Front Range BEST 
volunteers conducted a successful 2-day teacher / mentor  training using the prepared mini-ro bot kits,  training charts, teacher / mentor TMI notebooks, and  with great refreshments.
The Game Field Team cut about $1000 in lumber, plywood, PVC pipe, and Velcro on a 100 degree day in early July. Our Game Field builders are busy constructing and assembling the components.  
2016 TMI Volunteers 2016 Cut Day 1 2016 Cut Day 3 2016 Cut Day 2


 Volunteers:  Elwyn and Ellie Allyn, Kat Baker, Kevin Barrett, Carolyn Bauer, JoAnne Fry, Patty & Carl Gaspar, Jan Gorski, Phil Hardy, Tami Kirkland, Mike & Linda King, Lori Lazuk, Jose Lopez, Angie Matthias, Scott McEwen, John Pituch, Dave Porter, Gary Pratt, Shannon Ragland, Judith Schlesinger, Lois & John Walton & Alex, Barb Watry, and Linda Wheeler

NSTABEST Robotics Inc. (BRI) Driving Growth & Advancement
BEST at National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum & Expo, Denver

2016 NSTA Conference Banner
R ocky Mountain BEST and Front Range BEST volunteers with our national organization BRI introduced BEST Robotics to the National Science Teachers Association's  5th annual STEM Forum & Expo at the Colorado Convention Center.  
2016 NSTA BRI Booth - Bauer, Mandel, Kirkland
Carolyn Bauer RM BEST, Rosemary Mendel BRI and Tami Kirkland FR BEST

We were thrilled to talk about BEST Robotics with around 200 VERY interested teachers from multiple countries and states including, Hong Kong, China, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Oregon, California, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, Maryland, Utah, Michigan, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri, and Arkansas, in addition to many teachers from around Colorado.  

It would be FANTASTIC to someday have BEST in all 50 States ... and maybe eventually even in other countries!
Special thanks to Rosemary Mendel from BRI for bringing BEST Robotics to the Denver Convention Center and to the 3 DSST Byers students and 1 STEM Academy student (and their mentors) for discussing the BEST Award and for demonstrating their 2015 robot and game field at an afternoon 1 hour workshop.
2016 NSTA Super Heros
Our Superheroes Introducing BEST
Last but not least, thanks to all the Rocky Mountain and Front Range BEST volunteers for staffing the BRI booth for the three days - true SUPERHEROS!  
TMIDenver Teacher / Mentor Institute (TMI)
Teachers and Mentors Experience a 5 Hour Robotics Competition Season

Rocky Mountain and Front Range BEST volunteers had a blast introducing BEST robotics to 12 rookie teachers and mentors with the help of 4 veteran teachers and mentors and 4 BEST student alumni from STEM Academy, Lakewood High School, and Ralston Valley High School.  Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
The 2-day training included hours of presentations the first day followed by a day of building a mini-robot. We ended the training with a 30-minute robot competition to give teachers a sample of what their students will experience over the 6 weeks this fall. 
We were impressed at the teacher's and mentor's passion for their students, their patience in sitting through hours of PowerPoint charts, and their enthusiasm in competing in a mini-robot competition. You'd be surprised at all the cheers in victory and groans in defeat in their 30 minute competition.
2016 TMI Controlled Chaos
Controlled Chaos Team
2015 TMI Pink Solo Cup
Pink Solo Cup Team
2016 TMI Trebuchet

Trebuchet Team 

  2016 TMI Teacher Group

2016 TMI Cup and Chaos
2016 TMI Robot Trebuchet
ErieBEST Outreach @ Erie Air Fair , Saturday, 13 August
 10 AM - 4 PM at Erie Municipal Airport - 395 Airport Rd Erie, CO

Rocky Mountain BEST would love to see you at the Erie Air Fair children's Adventure Zone on 13 August. WOW! FREE to Attend and FREE Parking!
RM BEST will be helping participants assemble binary bead bracelets. Of course, we'll have information about how volunteers can help RM BEST host the competition and how middle and high schools can compete in the 2016 game.  
Erie Air Fair event at Erie Municipal Airport. From their website http://www.erieairfair.com/: " The format is a positive family oriented community event including displays of unique aircraft, cars, local and regional vendors, a Beer & Wine Garden, Helicopter rides, historical displays, children's "Adventure Zone" and multiple renowned musical entertainment groups, including Global Sound Studio & FACE Vocal Band!   

If you can help us out at the Rocky Mountain BEST booth for a few hours, send me an email at: Linda.King@bestinc.org  We hope to see you there!!
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 $1450 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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