Welcome to the 2016 December 
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter  
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How to help inspire youth for a lifetime with BEST Robotics in 2017!

Please consider making a donation to bring BEST at no cost to our competing schools in 2017.  
Tuesday 6 December is Colorado Gives Day and you can click here to  donate today.
Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Wins 2nd Place Website Award 

New Vista High School Team at Regional Championship
Schools
2016 FRONTIER TRAILS REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Check Out the Colorado Teams' Success
       

Colorado sent 13 teams to the Frontier Trails BEST Regional championship held on 2 and 3 December at the Fort Smith Convention Center in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. It was an outstanding championship with 38 teams and very competitive robots from 9 BEST Hubs from Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. 

The participating Colorado hubs and teams were:
  • Rocky Mountain BEST - 5 Teams: DSST Byers; New Vista High School; Skyline High School; Ralston Valley High School; Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley (see team photos below)
  • Front Range BEST - 4 Teams: Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning; Chaparral High School; Legend High School; STEM School and Academy 
  • Golden Plains BEST - 2 Teams: Otis High School and Peetz High School
  • SoCo BEST @TrinidadState - 2 Teams: Raton High School and Manzanola Jr-Sr High School
Congratulations to all the teams!




2016 Championship Results

WOW!!! RM BEST Teams earned these trophies at the Regional Championship.

Game -
3rd Place
DSST: Byers
Most Elegant Robot - 1st Place
DSST: Byers
Webpage -
2nd Place
Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley

Additional Colorado BEST Hub Team Regional Championship Notes
  1. Founders Award for Creative Design - 1st Place:    Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning (Front Range BEST)
  2. T-shirt Award - 2nd Place: Manzanola Jr-Sr High School (SoCO BEST @TrinidadState)
  3. Game Semi Finalist Teams : Ralston Valley High School (RM BEST) & Otis High School (Golden Plains BEST) 
  4.   Game Wildcard Team : Chaparral High School (Front Range BEST)
  5. Golden Plains Team Accomplishments: Otis Jr-Sr High School made it to the Semi-finals and Peetz Jr-Sr High School almost made it to the semi-finals. That's amazing for a brand new hub and brand new teams!!
  6. DSST: Byers was the only public school in the finals; the other 3 schools were home school conglomerates from KS, OK, and AR.
  7. Kudos to the students from Ralston Valley High School (RM BEST) and DSST: Byers (RM BEST) teams who helped the Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning team resolve a computer coding error while in Arkansas.
DSST: Byers Team with 3rd Place Game Trophy

Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Team

New Vista High School Team

Ralston Valley High School Team

Skyline High School Team
COGIVES  
MAKE A DIFFERENCE  and INSPIRE A YOUTH with BEST IN 2017

PLEASE GIVE ON COLORADO GIVES DAY - TUESDAY 6 DECEMBER

2016 Game
Please support Rocky Mountain BEST on Colorado Gives Day - 6 December   2016 Colorado's largest one-day online giving event, presented by Community First Foundation and First Bank !   

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO CONTINUE BRINGING BEST ROBOTICS COMPETITION IN 2017 TO OVER  400  STUDENTS.    ALL OF THIS BENEFIT IS PROVIDED AT NO COST TO COLORADO SCHOOLS! 

Last year, we received  over $ 10,200 from our generous donors and the incentive fund boost from  Community First and First Bank. This year, our goal is to raise $15,000. 
 
$1 Million Incentive Fund  - Thanks to Community First Foundation and First Bank,  Colorado Gives Day features a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the Incentive Fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Your support helps us continue to bring robotics  competitions to Colorado to "inspire a youth for a lifetime". 
2016 Practice
  • Your donation can be scheduled NOW! Be sure you choose the button "CO GIVES DAY" under Donation Type when you schedule your early donation so we are eligible for a portion of the Incentive Fund. Visit the  Colorado Gives Day FAQ page for details OR
  • Or Give online with a donation any time on December 6 to "give where you live!"
 
NYDELI
Dine at NEW YORK DELI NEWS 
on Monday 12 DECEMBER - 
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 12 December -  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!!!  

 
Mammoth
Buy tickets for Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse Game on Saturday 14 January a nd help RM BEST win a donation!

Enjoy professional lacrosse when the 
Colorado Mammoth play New England Black Wolves 
 Saturday 14 January, 7 PM at the Pepsi Center  
 $29/ticket.
 
Contact Ostap Rapeyko from the Mammoth at 303.575.1936 and mention Rocky Mountain BEST  as you order your tickets. Kroenke Sports will donate a percentage of your ticket price  to Rocky Mountain BEST!!!  

 
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ADDITIONAL WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE
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 using 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 - You can also 
donate
More info above about making your 2016  Colorado Gives Day contribution to receive their incentive.
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