2017  TRAINING (DENVER TEACHER, TEXAS TEACHER (+TRAVEL GRANT!), DENVER SIMULINK ) 
+ REGIONAL DATE 16-17 DECEMBER
Build a robot in six weeks; inspire a youth for a lifetime

2017 Teacher-Mentor Newsletter Number 3
Not signed up? We still have 1 standby school slot remaining and will have a s chool wait list.

Already signed up?   Now register for Denver July Training and/or Texas Workshop.   Denver teacher / mentor training is FREE and a GRANT is available for the Texas Workshop travel. For 2-day July Simulink workshop in Denver, please gather interest from your students and teachers/mentors.  A registration link is coming soon!  Cost: $20 / participant + $5/day for lunch .
2017 RM BEST Crossfire Competition 

2017 Event
 Date
Location 
Teacher/Mentor Institute (TMI) 
20 & 21 July
MSU Denver
Kickoff
9 September
To be announced
Practice Day
14 October
To be announced
Game Day
21 October 
Auraria Event Center

WANT TO COMPETE BUT NOT ON THIS LIST -  CLICK HERE

Rocky Mtn BEST Signed Up School
School District or City
Abraham Lincoln High School Denver
Aurora Frontier P-8 Aurora
Aurora Quest Aurora
Aurora West College Preparatory Academy Aurora
Bishop Machebuef Denver
Broomfield High School Boulder Valley
Columbine Middle School Montrose
Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design
Denver
DSST Byers Denver
DSST Cole Denver
DSST Stapleton High School Denver
East Middle School Aurora
Edna & John P. Mosley P-8 Aurora
Gateway High School Aurora
Heath Middle School Greeley
Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley Schools St. Vrain Valley
Monarch High School Boulder Valley
Mrachek MS Aurora
New Vista High School Boulder Valley
North Middle School Aurora
St. Mary's Academy Middle School Englewood
Skinner Middle School Denver
Skyline High School St. Vrain Valley
Thomas Jefferson High School Denver
Vista Peak Exploratory
Aurora
Westgate Community School Adams 12
West Middle School Cherry Creek
Wheat Ridge High School Jeffco


Friends of BEST in Alabama provided the 2017 bESTology web postings. The Crossfire, Fire and Rescue! web releases are available at this 
bESTology link to get your students engaged with the 2017 game weekly activities.

Here are some of the 2017 bESTology topics and a link to the 68-second Game Teaser Video

2017 Crossfire Game Teaser
GAME TEASER VIDEO
* Safety for First Responders
* Hazardous Materials
* Weather and Fire
* History of Fire Equipment
* Firefighting robots and technology
* Disaster Insurance
* NASA and Fire Safety
* First Responder Careers
* Federal, State and Local Regulations
* And More!
FREE DENVER TEACHER / MENTOR TRAINING - ROOKIE & ADVANCED SESSIONS

Denver teacher / Mentor t raining is provided jointly with Front Range BEST hub AND the NEW Pikes Peak BEST hub.
  • Thursday & Friday 20 - 21 July FREE Teacher / Mentor Institute (TMI)2-day teacher / mentor introductory training including introduction to BEST competition and easyC and participants work in teams to design and build their mini-robots and then compete.
  • NEW for 2017: Thursday, 20 July FREE Advanced Training Sessions: 4 sessions for experienced BEST teachers and mentors.  (Advanced easyC, Intro to RobotC, Intro to SolidWorks, and Advanced Engineering Notebooks) 
MORE INFORMATION AND HOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS TRAINING BY 10 JULY:  

DENVER TEACHER / MENTOR BEST TRAINING LINK


2-DAY DENVER 13-14 JULY 2017 SIMULINK WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS & MENTORS

We are working with BEST Robotics, Inc. and MathWorks (National Partner) to plan a 2-day instructor-led hands-on training workshop in Denver on 13-14 July as part of the BEST Robotics Simulink Workshop program. The program targets BEST students (with teachers and mentors also eligible to attend) who wish to learn more about robot programming and simulation using the MathWorks' MATLAB and Simulink products.  
 
PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL REQUESTING REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS :  Please identify interested participants ASAP.  COMMING SOON is the Eventbrite registration page for you to enter workshop participants from your school. The 2-day workshop cost is $20 per participant with lunch available for $5/day.
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About the workshop:
The workshop will include two-days of hands-on, instructor-led training sessions at Metro State University of Denver conducted by a trained instructor on 13-14 July. The training content will cover programming autonomous ground robots with MATLAB and Simulink. Miniature Arduino-based robot platforms, provided by BEST Robotics,Inc. will be used in the workshop along with the MATLAB and Simulink software to program them. Instructors will also cover the application of the software skills gained through this workshop to program the VEX Cortex used on the BEST robotots.  David Dominguez from Trinidad State Junior College is the instructor for this training (David.Dominguez@trinidadstate.edu).
  
NOTE: The primary focus of the material is on learning how to program robot platforms and use the skills in the actual competitions. The robots are off-the-shelf pre-assembled hardware kits, so there is no physical building of the robot covered in this workshop.
  
Who can attend?
The workshop is limited to 24 students with 2017 Colorado Hub signed up school team students, teachers, and mentors eligible to participate. A team may sign up as many as 3 team members. If we have to limit attendance to less than 3 per school team, we will notify the school team teacher or mentor.
  
What about the computers and software?
The training will be held at Metro State University of Denver where computers will be available with installed MATLAB and Simulink.  Bring a USB drive to the workshop to copy any saved work.Team software licenses will be available at Kickoff.  
2017 BEST ROBOTICS TEACHER / MENTOR WORKSHOP IN TEXAS: 19-23 JUNE or 10-14 JULY

BEST Robotics, Inc. is now accepting registrations for two 5-day  for BEST Teacher and Mentor Workshops on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas. CEUs: 32 hours of continuing education units.

Please CLICK HERE for more information on workshop topics, tuition cost, lodging and dining options, and for a link to register.
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MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY - WORKSHOP TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has worked with BEST Robotics Inc. to offer a grant for BEST Teachers to cover their travel costs to attend the June or July 2017 BEST Workshop in Texas.   MDA-STEM 003 Grant www.grants.gov LINK

MDA-2017-DACV-STEM-0003: MDA STEM Outreach BEST Robotics Grant: LEA (Local Education Agency) NTPD (National Teachers Professional Development) 2017.

Excerpts from the grant RFP in www.grants.gov:  

The purpose of this announcement is to offer support for local public school systems, hereafter referred to as Local Education Agencies (LEAs), and  their experienced BEST Robotics team teachers for the opportunity to attend BEST national teacher professional development training. Teacher professional development ensures general STEM training for teachers and a successful experience during their local BEST Robotics season, advancing the awareness of and engagement in STEM with K-12 teachers and students.

Estimates for individual teacher grant amounts are limited to $2703 and requests must be compliant with the local travel, lodging and meal per diem rates.

Current closing Date for Applications 30 June 2017.
16-17 DEC 2017 DENVER REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
BEST Championship

In 2017, qualifying Colorado Hub school teams will no longer have to travel out-of-state to compete in a BEST Regional Championship.  

The first Denver Regional Championship   is scheduled for 16 -17 December 2017  at the Metropolitan State University of Denver at the Auraria Campus Event Center.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2017 Denver Regional Championship.
Have Fun at Elitch Gardens AND Support Rocky Mountain BEST

Tell your friends!  Spread the word!!  Help us obtain a donation to support our efforts to bring a robotics competition that is FREE to schools AND enjoy Elitch Gardens at a great discount!!
 
Discounts for Rocky Mountain BEST
One Day Admission only  $25.99 in May, September, & October
One Day Admission only  $29.99 in June, July, & August
(Regular main gate price is $49.99)
Season Passes only  $69.99 through June 11th
 
You make your plans, click on the link below to get your ticket(s), and we have a win-win for you and Rocky Mountain BEST. 
 
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