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

Announcing 2017 Crossfire Game & Rocky Mountain BEST Events
FUN ways to help  raise funds to bring BEST robotics at no cost to schools
2017 BEST Robotics Game - Crossfire
Save the dates for our Fall Events


Our national BEST Robotics Organization (BRI) has released a 68 second Game Teaser Video for this year's Game - CROSSFIRE - now available by clicking the box above or on YouTube at:   https://youtu.be/ig2g72CmHVs
The full details of the CROSSFIRE game will be revealed to the student teams at the September Kickoff. 

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 field.
21 October
Metro State University of Denver Auraria Event Center

We'd love to have you volunteer at our fall events.  We recommend you add these dates to your calendar and we'll be sending you more information in future emails.

We are again raising funds for 28 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 this year.  We will be contacting 2016 teachers and new teachers who have expressed interest in a few weeks.  Please ask any interested schools to contact Jose Lopez at jlopez@rmbest.org 

2017 CROSSFIRE bESTology Announced 
14 Sets of Weekly Activities Posted Each Sunday - Starting on 22 January
What is bESTology?  

bESTology is the study of Engineering, Science and Technology. Students are encouraged to become bESTologists!  
Weekly activities developed by Friends of BEST in Alabama are unveiled each Sunday @ 5 PM MT. Each post contains HINTS for the upcoming BEST Robotics Game - CROSSFIRE. In addition, bESTology teaches the science, engineering and technology that will enhance the learning experience for the 2017 BEST game.   
bESTology offers:
  • BEST students: FUN off-season challenges and career awareness connected with Crossfire
  • BEST teams: weekly clues for the 2017 game  Crossfire, Fire and Rescue
  • 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
2017 BEST Game Logo
Teachers may use bESTology activities in their classroom.   This year's topics include:
* 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!
Metropolitan State University of Denver Fire and Emergency Response Administration subject matter experts were introduced to the bESTology development team to support this year's activities.   

Use this bESTology link to access the web page for 2017 postings and also view prior years postings at this link. 



Look for an email invitation soon to 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 2017!  It will be a fun evening with delicious hors d'oeuvres, an extensive silent auction with many  bargains, a wine tasting, and a cooking demonstration with tasting  by Chef Greg Boynton.
2016 Boosting Students

We are planning to have DSST Byers and   STEM Academy students demonstrating their team robots!

Bring your friends and family to let them get a taste of BEST - the fun, the food  AND the savings! 

Event is at BAC Appliance Center from 5:30-8:30 PM Sunday 9 April. Casual Attire.
BAC Logo Event Fee: $35 ($15 Tax Deductible) in advance or at the door.  Included in the fee is a $5 coupon to apply to a silent auction purchase.

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 2017 competition.
How to Help Make BOOSTING BEST  Successful

Donations:   If you have items you'd like to donate for auction or know of a business that might be willing to underwrite or contribute, please contact Lois Walton at  lwalton@rmbest.org .   Also please contact Lois if you know of a company we can recognize for  underwriting our fundraising event for $500. 

Volunteers: We need set-up helpers between 3 and 5:30 PM, registration helpers between 5 and 6 PM, and check out helpers for an hour or two between 7 and 9 PM on Sunday, 9 April at BAC Appliance Center. Please contact Linda King at linda.king@bestinc.org 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.

Have Fun at Elitch Gardens AND Support Rocky Mountain BEST
Check out the link below to the RMB Elitch Store!   You can buy daily tickets or season passes at Elitch Gardens as you normally would via our link located on Facebook, Twitter, our website, and this newsletter.  The PLUS for Rocky Mountain BEST is that a portion of the proceeds will go to RMB.
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 our link to get your ticket(s), and we have a win-win for you and Rocky Mountain BEST. 
Purchase, Print, and Play:
Tell your friends!  Spread the word!!  Help us obtain a donation to support our efforts in bringing you a robotics competition that is FREE to schools!!
Our New Workshop Location
Thanks to all our volunteers that helped us move!
On Saturday 28 January, our awesome volunteers helped move all the final most of the items out of our Old Workshop at 999 Vallejo Street to our NEW Workshop at 781 Vallejo Street  (a couple blocks south of the old location) and just south of 8th Avenue at I-25 .

We could not have made this move without the incredible week long effort lead by Carolyn Bauer, with Elwyn Allyn, JoAnne Fry,  Steve Garran, Carl and Patty Gaspar, Jose Lopez, Lori Lazuk, Angie Matthias, Scott McEwen, Gary Pratt, Shannon Ragland, Trice Smith, and Lois Walton. Our thanks to Chris Ramos of Artemis Vision for help with our racks and the move.

Our new location provides a space for us to integrate our game field in August and September and also provides better access to a loading dock for loading and unloading.
Excitement at the Colorado Mammoth Game
Thanks to all those that supported this Fundraiser!
On Saturday, 14 January, Rocky Mountain BEST participated in a fundraising event at the Pepsi Center. The event was the lacrosse game between the Colorado Mammoth and the New England Black Wolves.   The game's action was fast-paced and exciting with an overtime win for the Mammoths (11 - 10)!!  The spectators were treated to contests, the Wild Bunch, and the view of the hot tub!  Even one of the BEST supporters did the musical chairs competition on the field during one of the breaks.  What fun for the kids with Wooly Mammoth!!  It was a great night to support the Mammoths and Rocky Mountain BEST.
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 or come to Boosting BEST to pick one up. 
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 
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