Volume 2020-08 | August 2020
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter
How to help BEST make a difference
in the lives of Colorado students
Outbreak ONLINE Fall Competition
2020 Game Logo Tag Line
RM BEST Outbreak Online 9-Week Competition: 19 September - 22 November 2020

We are continuing to develop plans to bring the new 2020 Outbreak game as an ONLINE competition to schools this fall. ONLINE competition activities are summarized in the table below.
  • We will be requesting school input to determine which optional activities to offer in 2020
  • We will need volunteers to fill the ONLINE judging positions highlighted in red text in the table below. We hope there might be a match for you.
  • PLEASE SAVE THE DATES: VOLUNTEER judging opportunities are currently planned for the first 3 weekends in November. We'll also need ONLINE volunteers to help manage the online flow of competitors by time slot for the time trials competition and online Judging meetings. More details on needs and specific schedule to come.


  • No physical contact is required by the teams or volunteers.
  • No game field or robot returnable / and consumable kits are to be provided as no physical robot is built.
  • Competition Start: 19 September 2020 A virtual Kickoff event to describe the Outbreak game and additional details of the components of the competition will occur.
  • Competition End: 22 November 2020 We extended the end the competition to provide more schedule flexibility for the teams and permit scheduling of online judging.

Look for additional details in the September newsletter including how to register as a volunteer on the BEST Robotics National Registry tool.
SCHOOLS REGISTERED TO COMPETE
We are thrilled to have 20 schools signed up for our fall competition. We plan to finalize the participating schools in mid September. This will give teachers an opportunity to get settled into the new school year and evaluate BEST ONLINE competition options.
1302 Abraham Lincoln HS
1304 Aurora Frontier P-8
1305 Aurora Quest
1306 Bishop Machebeuf HS  
1307 Broomfield HS
1309 DMLK Early College
1311 Gateway HS
1312 Good Shepherd School
1316 Mrachek MS
1318 Our Lady of Fatima School
1319 Pinnacle Charter HS
1322 Skyline HS
1323 St Peter and Paul School
1324 St Therese School
1326 STRIVE Prep - RISE
1327 Thomas Jefferson HS
1328 Valley HS
1330 Flagstaff Academy Charter School
1331 Blessed Miguel Pro Catholic Academy
1332 Liberty High School
Please share this link if you know a teacher who wants to register for our fall robotics - Register at https://registry.bestrobotics.org/
bESTology 2.0 - the study of Engineering, Science and Technology

Teachers are encouraged to incorporate bESTology into their curriculum, enrichment activities and more.
Students find that Knowledge is Power! bESTology teaches the skill sets to be successful in the workplace and in life. bESTology Link
Postings
  • Week 1 - Journey Through the Human Body
  • Week 2 - So just how powerful is our Central Nervous System?
  • Week 3 - Our cardiovascular system is amazing!
  • Week 4 - Breath in…Breath out…
  • Week 5 - Digestive System
  • Week 6 – Skeletal System
  • Week 7 – Muscular System
  • Week 8 – Homeostasis
  • Week 9 - Medical Terminology
  • Week 10 – Microrobotics
  • Week 11 - Surgical Robots
  • Week 12 - Summary
Additional Ways to Contribute
Other Ways to Participate by Donating
Donations 
You can donate ANYTIME at Rocky Mountain BEST at ColoradoGives.org.
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!
King Soopers/City Market
Thanks to the 15 households who are using their King Soopers / City Market savings cards to donate to Rocky Mountain BEST.
If you used to refill a King Soopers gift cards for us and now need help setting up your savings card, please email lois.walton@bestinc.org. Lois would be glad to talk you through the quick process!
Amazon Smile
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Rocky Mountain BEST whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
Wondering what to do with your used car or truck or boat? 
Donating your old vehicle to ROCKY MOUNTAIN BEST is convenient, easy, and may qualify you for a tax deduction. And best of all, your donation of a used car or truck will make a big difference in supporting ROCKY MOUNTAIN BEST.
Why not donate your vehicle today? All you need to do is to complete our SIMPLE ONLINE FORM or call 1-866-628-2277 and we'll take care of the rest. We will pick up your vehicle, arrange to have your donation towed, and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt, all at no charge to you.
Build a robot in six weeks;
inspire a youth for a lifetime
Don't miss out making it possible!