Helping inspire a youth for a lifetime!
A New Year and a New Game - BET THE FARM.  Help us b ring another year of BEST robotics to over 400 Colorado Middle & High School  Students! 
Join In the FUN: BOOSTING BEST Fundraiser 25 February
Please join us in giving our Rocky Mountain BEST Hub and the Front Range BEST Hub a financial BOOST to provide a  FREE robotics competition to local schools in 2016!  It will be a fun evening with hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, wine tasting, a light dinner with cooking demonstration by Chef Greg Boynton and DSST Byers Middle School  and STEM Academy students will demonstrate their team robots!
Bring your friends and family to let them get a taste of BEST! 
Event at Builders Appliance Center from 6-8:30 PM Thursday 25 February. Casual Attire.
Event Fee: $30 ($15 Tax Deductible) in advance or at the door.
Your participation at this fundraiser is critical to be able to provide to the student teams their robotics electronics and parts, awards, student lunches, and all the activities to host our 2016 competition.  CLICK REGISTER BUTTON for more information:

How to Help Make  BOOSTING BEST  Successful
We are looking for companies interested in underwriting our fundraising event for $500. 
If you have items you'd like to donate for auction or know of a business that might be willing to contribute, please contact Lois Walton at
Volunteers:  We need check out helpers for an hour or two between 6:00 and 9:00 PM  on Thursday, 25 February at Builders Appliance Center.  Please contact Linda King at for more information about Boosting BEST volunteering.
At Boosting BEST, you may also purchase a $10 King Soopers gift card for $10 and continue to add money to your gift card before you use it to buy
 groceries or gas. King Soopers will donate 5% of EVERY gift card purchase -- including refills -- to Rocky Mountain BEST... all at no cost to you -- FOREVER! Everyone needs groceries and gas. Why not let 5% of the money you are already spending benefit Rocky Mountain BEST? It's really easy.

2016 Game BET THE FARM
To Challenge and Inspire Student Teams!
2016 Game Teaser - BET THE FARM
2016 BEST Game Teaser BET THE FARM
Our national BEST Robotics Organization (BRI) has released a Game Teaser Video for this year's Game - BET THE FARM. This year's game teaser is now available on YouTube at:
The full details of the BET THE FARM game will be revealed to the student teams at the September Kickoff.

  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. 
bESTology offers:
  • BEST students: FUN off-season challenges and career awareness connected with BET THE FARM game
  • BEST teams: weekly clues for the 2016 game BET THE FARM
  • BEST teams: the skill sets to be competitive in the workplace
  • BEST teachers: an avenue for BEST to be incorporated into cross-curricular activities based on Bloom's Taxonomy
Teachers may use bESTology activities in their classroom. Use this bESTology link to access the web page for 2016 postings and also view prior years postings at this link. 

2015 Volunteer of the Year - Lori Lazuk
2015 Kickoff We are thrilled to announce Lori Lazuk as the 2015 Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer of the Year. Lori's support was critical to multiple 2015 volunteer positions .
Lori is one of the co-leads of the Student Teams  Consumable Kit subcommittee. With JoAnne Fry, she determines how many Consumable parts we have and therefore how many we need to order. Lori lead the ordering and receiving of all those parts for 30 Consumable Kits. Then she leads the entire Kit Team in the many-week-long task of counting and organizing all the hundreds of Consumable parts for the "Day of "Kitting" to hand out to the student teams at Kickoff.
  Lori also leads the Outreach Program with Kathy Geise.  She organizes all student-related activities at our many outreach events including Robotics at the Hangar (RATH), Girls in the Middle, STEMOSHPHERE and the Erie Air Fair.
  In addition, Lori stepped up to co-lead our 2015 Teacher / Mentor Institute Program. She lead 2 separate TMI events, one in Trinidad for SoCo BEST @TrinidadState and one at MSU Denver for RM BEST and FR BEST. We could NOT have done it without you, Lori! Thanks so much for your hard work and ready smile. 

2016 Volunteer Opportunities
RM BEST Monday Kit Team: The Kit Team is counting, testing, and cleaning returned 2015 kits to prepare for 2016 kit activities and labeling Best Buy Foundation grant kits in our workshop. They meet most Mondays at 999 Vallejo St #2 (Unit 34) in Denver near I-25 and 8th Avenue from 10 AM - 3 PM with a lunch break at a local restaurant. They can always use an extra hand and no experience or specific skill is needed. If interested, please contact Carolyn at for more information.
RM BEST Venue Lead (February - November): Work with other Rocky Mountain BEST leads and volunteers to establish the venues for the Rocky Mountain BEST late July Teacher / Mentor Institute, September Kickoff event, and October/November Practice and Game Day events. We estimate the effort required is approximately 4 hours per week.  Please contact me at if you are interested in learning more about this position.
Rocky Mtn BEST Hub Awards and Judging Lead (May - November): 
The Awards and Judging Lead 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 Practice and Game Day, and procuring Student Team Awards.  We estimate the effort required is ~4 hours per week. Please contact me at if you are interested in learning more about this position.
Front Range BEST Hub Volunteers (May - October): The new Front Range BEST hub needs volunteers to help their Hub Development in Douglas County. Please contact Tami Kirkland at , if you, friends, or family are interested in working with this great group bringing another BEST competition to the Metro Denver area.

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