Welcome to the 2017 April
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter  
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How to help inspire youth for a lifetime with BEST Robotics in 2017!
DSST Byers
STEM Academy
Our 8th Year of Hosting a Free Colorado Robotics Competition

Find FUN ways to help raise funds to bring BEST robotics at no cost to schools


WOW!! Thank you to the 88 guests at our fundraiser and our generous donors who provided over 170 silent auction items + 40 cash & carry items $10 and under for tremendous savings. 

With this outstanding support, Rocky Mountain BEST Hub and Front Range BEST Hub received a $13.5K financial BOOST to provide a FREE robotics competition to local schools in 2017! 

Chef Greg Boynton and his team provided delicious food and a fabulous creme brulee demonstration to end the evening.

THANKS to ALL Those that Made BOOSTING BEST Successful

Our success was due to the awesome volunteers from both Rocky Mountain and Front Range BEST. Here are some of the faces of those who took care of all the details for the event:
Special thanks to:
STEM Academy students for demonstrating their team robots
BAC Logo
and BAC Appliance Center for the outstanding facility.

Please Support Our Fundraiser Supporters 
We were excited to offer a large variety of fantastic items for sale from so many wonderful companies. We hope you support these great supporters of BEST Robotics in Denver.

Academy for Lifelong Learning Georgetown Loop Railroad
Alamo Drafthouse Home Depot
Alzheimer's Association iRobot
AMC Theatres Kaladi Coffee Company
American Furniture Warehouse Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
Builder's Appliance Center Littleton Color Me Mine
Chocolate Therapist Lucile's on Logan
Cog Railway Metro Express
Colorado Railroad Museum One World Dive &Travel
Colorado Symphony Pirates Cove
Copper Pot Restaurant Santa's Workshop
Denver Broncos Football Club Savory Spice
Sports Authority Field at Mile High Snooze, An A.M. Eatery
Denver Center for the Performing Arts Starbucks
Denver Museum of Nature and Science Swallow Hill Music
The Noerr Programs Corporation
El Tejado Mexican Restaurant
The Links Golf Course
Elitch Gardens
Ubergrippen Climbing
Feight Studios
Wag N Wash
Fox Hollow Golf Course
Wahoo Fish Tacos

2017 BEST Robotics Game - Crossfire
Save the dates for our Fall Events

2017 EVENT
Date and Location
Teacher / Mentor Institutetwo-day teacher/ mentor training provided jointly with Front Range BEST and Pikes Peak BEST Hubs.      
Thursday - Friday 20-21 July

Metro State University of Denver

Kickoff - Start of Competition: Game revealed + student, teacher and mentor training + protobot demo.
9 September

Location to be announced

Practice Day - End of Week 5: Time for student teams to practice with their robot on 4 quadrant game field.
14 October

Location to be announced
Game Day - End of Week 6: Student teams compete for awards on 4 quadrant game f ield.
21 October
Auraria Event Center

Colorado Hub people at the 2017 Prototype Game Weekend in KC!
We'd love to h
ave you volunteer  at our fall events. Please add these d ates to your calendar and we'll be sending you more information in future emails. You also might want to help build this year's Crossfire game field in July / August this year. 

Twelve Colorado hub volunteers learned about this year's game at the Prototype Kickoff Weekend in Kansas City. We LOVE the CROSSFIRE game. Note the early view of the brand new BEST Robotics, Inc. logo! We think it's very cool.

We are again raising funds for 29 Schools to be able to participate in 2017.

We are thrilled to be able to again host schools from the Denver metro area and around Colorado. We are now signing up teachers and mentors and have room for 1 more school plus we will have a Wait List. Please ask any interested schools to contact Jose Lopez at  jlopez@rmbest.org  

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

April and May Colorado BEST STEM Outreach Events 

Dream Big Eads: April 27

2017 Dream Big Eads HS Outreach
 Inspire students for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math and to dream BIG about the infinite opportunities they have for careers and to improve the world for all.   Hosted by UAS Colorado, f rom the event's Facebook page.  

Dream Big Eads was held on Thursday, April 27 at Eads High S chool. Approximately 250 students (grades 7 - 12) from Eads and surrounding areas participated. At 4 sessions with 150 attendees,  David Dominguez, the hub director from SoCo BEST @TrinidadState  demonstrated their BEST Bet the Farm robot and let students drive it.  The  Pueblo SWAT team also brought their robot to those exciting sessions.

BEST at Mad Science Day at Elitch Gardens: May 19

Elitch Gardens has Educational Events in May that turn the park into the most fun learning lab in town with all your favorite theme park rides included. 

Front Range BEST and Rocky Mountain BEST volunteers are participating at the Friday, May 19 Mad Science Day. Students will be able to drive robots built by BEST teams, and teacher and student information regarding BEST will be provided. For more info about Science Days at Elitch Gardens, contact Angela at 303-572-4502 or  awilson@elitchgardens.com.  If you'd like to volunteer at the event, please reply to this email.
on Monday 1 MAY - 
a nd help RM BEST earn a donation!

Have dinner with your family or friends  and help Rocky Mountain BEST earn a donation for the 2017 Robotics Competition Season!  Try a Taste of Real New York. You've Never Had Pastrami So Good!

Rocky Mountain BEST Night  at the  New York Deli News (Denver's Best Deli since 1989
Monday 1 May - 5:30 pm until closing -  7105 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO  80224 (Between Oneida and Poplar next to McDonalds)  (303) 759-4741.
Mention Rocky Mountain BEST as you pay your bill, and they will donate 
20% of your bill to Rocky Mountain BEST!!!  

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. 
Purchase, Print, and Play:

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!   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 - You can also 
donate ANYTIME

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