Welcome to the 2016 November 
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter  
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Thanks for helping inspire youth for a lifetime in 2016 and how to help in 2017!
THANK YOU   for your generous donations and support  during our 2016 Competition Season!  
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  schedule your donation today.
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2016  BET THE FARM COMPETITION 

Rocky Mountain BEST hosted 28 Teams with 464 students over 6 weeks in September and October. The middle and high school teams were primarily from the Denver metro area with one school traveling 6 hours from Montrose. 
You, our volunteers and sponsors, are the reason we were able to bring a hands-on engineering competition  at no cost to the schools.  
Last month we recognized our volunteers, this month we are recognizing our sponsors.
 
WE WERE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF YOU!
We'd love to have your organization as a sponsor in 2017!  
 
 
 
 
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Verizon

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YOU MADE AN IMPACT - 
YOU ARE THE BEST!

With your donations and volunteer support,

...we were able to repair, replace, buy and assemble all the items to PROVIDE the 28 school teams the ROBOTICS KITS used to build their robots - AT NO COST to the schools, 
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... we were able to TRAIN over a dozen teachers and mentors at our July Teacher / Mentor Institute to prepare them to coach their teams.
2016 TMI Teacher Group

... we were able to build a 4 quadrant competition GAME FIELD, 
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... we were able to provide REFRESHMENTS for all of our 115 volunteers at each event and 
provide a pizza snack for over 450 students on game day,  
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..we were able to purchase the TROPHIES and MEDALLIONS for our award wining teams,
 

...AND we were able to do all the other activities required to hold a successful competition!! 
 
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2016 ROCKY MTN BEST COMPETITION RESULTS
Congratulations to all 28 Teams
       
RM BEST and our sponsors are very proud of all 28 teams for their hard work! 

The 4 teams listed below with "+"  and also Skyline High School - the 5th BEST Award Winner - qualified for the Regional Championship which takes place in Fort Smith, Arkansas  at the Fort Smith Convention Center on 2 & 3 December 2016. Due to the decision by DSST Stapleton HS to not participate in the December competition, New Vista High School  - the 6th BEST Award Winner - is now the fifth team participating in December. 

Sending best wishes to the 5 teams headed to Arkansas and safe travels.  For more information, see http://uafs.edu/ftbest/ft-best-home

2016 Competition Results

GAME AWARDS
Awarded to the teams with the highest Final Phase game scores
BEST AWARDS
Awarded to teams with highest combined scores: seeding phase game + engineering notebook + marketing presentation + exhibit & interviews + spirit & sportsmanship.
1st Place Ralston Valley High School + 1st Place Ralston Valley High School +
2nd Place DSST Byers + 2nd Place Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley Schools + 
3rd Place DSST Stapleton High School + 3rd Place DSST Byers +
Robotics Finalist Wheat Ridge High School

SPECIAL   AWARDS
SCHOOLS
Founders Award for Creative Designawarded to the team that makes best use of the engineering process in consideration of offensive and defensive capabilities in machine design; awarded in recognition of BEST founders Steve Marum and Ted Mahler. 
Ralston Valley High School
Most Robust Machineawarded to the team whose robot demonstrates excellent reliability and minimum maintenance during the robot competition.  
Thomas Jefferson High School
Software Design and Simulation - awarded to the team with the highest Engineering Notebook, Software Design and Simulation section score. 
Wheat Ridge High School
Best Rookie Team - awarded to the rookie team with highest combined seeding phase game score + notebook score.
Abraham Lincoln High School^
Craftsmanship - awarded to the team whose robot exhibits the best workmanship, appearance, fit and finish.
DSST Byers
Engineering Notebook - awarded to non BEST Award Team with the highest notebook score.
Wheat Ridge High School
Sportsmanship - awarded to the team displaying the best attributes of sportsmanship and enthusiasm during the competition.  Scored via ballots submitted by the student teams.
Skyline High School
2016 Game - Best Rookie Team

On 11 November, we presented the Best Rookie Team award to the ^ Abraham Lincoln High School team at their school.  Due to an error in our judging calculations the incorrect team was identified at Game Day.    Congratulations to the Abraham Lincoln High School team.  Our sincere apologies to the impacted teams.
COGIVES  
MAKE A DIFFERENCE  and INSPIRE A YOUTH with BEST IN 2017
PLEASE GIVE ON COLORADO GIVES DAY - TUESDAY 6 DECEMBER

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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 TO OVER  400  STUDENTS.  
ALL 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 FirstBank. 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". 
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  • 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
Come to NEW YORK DELI NEWS on Monday 12 DECEMBER -  And also Contribute to RM BEST
Have dinner with your family or friends,  and help Rocky Mountain BEST raise funds 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!!!  

 
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BEST ROBOTICS INC   2016 PARTNERS / SPONSORS
 We also extend our thanks to our national BEST Robotics Inc. organization and their supporters that made equipment, software, and other resources to our school teams at no cost to the schools.

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 Outreach 
BEST  Outreach - Colorado Science Conferen ce
Introducing Colorado Science Teachers to BEST

Rocky Mountain and Front Range BEST participated in an Outreach event with Colorado Association of Science Teachers on 18 November.

It was a cold day in November, but inside the Denver Merchandise Mart the Colorado science teachers, the session presenters, and the exhibitors were on fire! The attending teachers were clearly dedicated to their students and content. We met a number of teachers interested in joining BEST, and for those teachers located closer to Golden Plains BEST and Pikes Peak BEST hubs, we will forward their interest to those Colorado organizations.
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Please let interested teachers know they can sign up early  in 2017 for the fall competition; we register First Come, First Served. Get on  the list to receive the Rocky Mtn BEST 2017 competition announcement via  http://www.rockymountainbest.org/teams/signup/ .   The 2017 game teaser will be announced on the national website in early December and student bESTology web based activities starts in J anuary!

The Outreach Table focused on the last two game themes: Bet the Farm and Pay Dirt. Supporting the BEST conference table were volunteers: Tami Kirkland, Lori Lazuk, Lois Walton and Carolyn Bauer. The DSST Byers 2015 Illuminati Robot was driven and made the rounds up and down the aisle.  We 
encouraged people to take a souvenir: a piece of coal, little pigs, and pig erasers. The souvenirs made an impression especially when we were able to point out the s coring posters for both games. You can get your own souvenir by attending our 2017 Boosting BEST fundraiser. More to come in future newsletters about our annual fundraiser.

The Colorado Hubs will speak to other vendors to work together on STEM education, fundraising, and many more possibilities.   WOW! Our planning for 2017 has begun!!

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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 
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More info above about scheduling your 2016  Colorado Gives Day contribution to receive their incentive.
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