Welcome to the 2016 October 
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter  
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Helping inspire youth for a lifetime!
WOW!  Your participation in our  7th year of BEST robotics inspired over 400 Colorado Middle & High School Students with the 2016 BET THE FARM game! 
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 IT WAS A BLAST - Remembering the FUN!  

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Capturing some of the faces of our 110 October Volunteers.
Thanks to you all for another successful year!

RM BEST Practice Day
7 and 8 October   
 Aurora Frontier P-8, 
3200 South Jericho Way, Aurora

Special thanks to the staff at Aurora Frontier for all their efforts to make sure Practice Day was a great success!
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RM BEST Game Day
14 and 15 October   
 Auraria Event Center at MSU Denver, Downtown Denver

Our thanks to the AHEC staff who were able to accommodate all our requests for another exciting Game Day at the Auraria Event Center.

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28 Amazingly Creative Designs Highlight the Competition
We were thrilled to have 28 schools participate in the 2016 Rocky Mountain BEST  competition. The schools marked with a * were new to BEST.   Schools in Italics performed in the optional BEST Award.

Competition Results are on our webpage using this link:  2016 Competition 

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

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ErieBEST  Outreach - Aurora Public Schools
Fields of Opportunities:  Career Trek Days for 8th Graders

Rocky Mountain BEST participated in an Outreach event supporting Aurora Public Schools (APS) on September 29 - 30.
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Zillions of 8th graders (well, approximately 2900 over both days) were bused to the APS Conference Center to explore career opportunities.  Between 60 and 85 companies, colleges, nonprofits, and other organizations provided activities and conversations about work opportunities and skills needed for careers in the 21st century.

JoAnne Fry and Lori Lazuk had the 8th graders drive a robot from the 2015 Pay Dirt game (thanks again to DSST Byers!!).  The robot construction, programming, engineering design, and driving skills showed the students that robotics can be an interesting - and fun!-way to use STEM skills. In fact, BEST can help students develop valuable work force skills.
Eight Aurora schools are participating in the 2016 game Bet the Farm.  We hope that more Aurora schools will participate next year!

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.  During the 12 months since 1 Oct 2015, Kroger has donated over $2030 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 
Starting on 1 November, you may schedule your 2016
 Colorado Gives Day contribution.  Look for more information in the November Newsletter about the 6 December Colorado Gives Day donation opportunity.
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