Welcome to the 2017 October
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter  
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Helping inspire youth for a lifetime!
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Click above RM BEST GAME DAY Photo
For 5 min Introduction Video

 Skyline HS Student Robot Launching Practice Golf Balls (WATER) 
to Knock Down the Cups (FLAMES) - Craftsmanship Award Winner
 
Schools
OUTSTANDING 2017 ROCKY MTN BEST SCHOOLS
27 Amazingly Creative Designs Highlight the Competition
We were thrilled to have 27 schools participate in the 2017 Rocky Mountain BEST  competition. The schools marked with a * were new to BEST.  Schools in Italics performed in the optional BEST Award. R esults are listed below and on our webpage using this link:   


Rocky Mountain BEST Schools
School District or City
Abraham Lincoln High School Denver
Aurora Frontier P-8 Aurora
Aurora Quest Aurora
Bishop Machebuef High School Denver
Broomfield High School Boulder Valley
Columbine Middle School Montrose
Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design Denver
DSST Byers Denver
DSST Cole Denver
East High School Denver
East Middle School Aurora
Gateway High School Aurora
Heath Middle School * Greeley
Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley Schools St. Vrain Valley
Kennedy High School *
Denver
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
STRIVE Prep-RISE *
Denver
Thomas Jefferson High School Denver
Vista Peak Exploratory Aurora
Westgate Community School * Adams 12
West Middle School * Cherry Creek

2017 Competition Results

Game Awards

1st Place

DSST Byers

2nd Place

St. Mary's Academy MS

3rd Place

East High School 

Robotics Finalist

Skyline High School

BEST Awards

1st Place

DSST Byers

2nd Place

St. Mary's Academy MS

3rd Place

Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley Schools 

DSST Byers, St Mary's Academy Middle School, East High School, Innovation Center of the St Vrain Valley Schools, Skyline High School, DSST Cole, New Vista High School, Abraham Lincoln High School, and Thomas Jefferson High School qualified for the Regional Championship which will take place in Denver, Colorado on December 16 & 17, 2017

Special Awards

Founders Award for Creative Design

Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley Schools

Most Robust Design

TIE - DSST Byers & St. Mary's Academy MS

Software Design 

DSST Byers

Best Rookie Team

West Middle School

Craftsmanship

Skyline High School

Engineering Notebook (for non-BEST Award Team)

East High School

Sportsmanship

Skyline High School


Young Designers from both 
Practice and Game Day

  
 

 
       

2017 Game Day East HS

Capturing Some of the Smiles of our 107 October Volunteers

RM BEST Practice Day
Englewood High School
RM BEST Game Day
Auraria Event Center
Special thanks to the staff at Englewood High School and for the team at Front Range BEST  for making it possible to have another fantastic Practice Day!
 
   

  
2017 Kickoff Volunteers
 
 
     
 
 
Our thanks to the AHEC staff  and Metropolitan State University of Denver for use of the Auraria Event Center for an exciting Game Day.              

Championship
BE PART OF THE INAUGURAL BEST ROBOTICS DENVER REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 
Save December 16 & 17 at Auraria Event Center on your Calendar

We will have the top 24 schools from 5 Colorado BEST Hubs competing for the first time in a Denver Regional Championship! No need for teams or volunteers or families or friends to travel to Arkansas this year!

Our volunteers will find this event is similar to Game Day but even more exciting. The event includes a 2 1/2 day schedule and TONS of FUN and EXCITEMENT and even MORE ACCOMPLISHED ROBOTS.  

Some volunteers will be supporting from the other Colorado hubs. We'll be very happy for their wisdom, enthusiasm and support during this weekend competition. 

Dates and Activities
Volunteers Needed
Week prior  - 9-13 December 
Engineering Notebook Judging
Engineering Notebook Judges with option 
to judge on-line from your home
Friday, 15 December
Moving & Facility Setup
 Feed volunteers

Movers and help with 2 game fields, pit and lobby setup

Volunteer hospitality support.

Saturday, 16 December
BEST Award Team Judging  
Robot Compliance Check  
Team Practice
Take Team Photographs
Register teams
Register & feed volunteers 
Volunteer and team registration
Volunteer Hospitality help
BEST Award team BEST Award Marketing Presentation, and Team Exhibit and Interviews Judges
Referees and Field Setters to assist with team practice activities
Photographer for the Team Photos
Compliance team and other pit volunteers
Finalize setup for the robot competition.
Sunday, 17 December
Robot Competition on 2 parallel  game fields
Pit for robot maintenance
Award Judging
Register teams
Register and feed volunteers.
Volunteer / team registration 
Volunteer hospitality help
All Game field volunteers: Referees, Field Setters, and Scorekeepers
All Pit volunteers including staging and monitoring volunteers
Additional award judges

MANY more details will be provided next month when we have a more solid schedule and understanding of what types of volunteers we will need at what specific times.  

Please SAVE THESE DATES for 
BEST Robotics Denver Regional Championship!

YearEnd
END OF YEAR OPPORTUNITIES TO BOOST BEST 
TWO Ways to Contribute Before End of Year!
 
Boost BEST BRI Fundraiser
Join us in the Boosting BEST Futures campaign and help us to reach and inspire more students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. As many of our teachers, students, parents, and volunteers will attest, the learning experience in BEST Robotics is both unique and impactful.  
  • The BEST program is FREE to schools and students because we are committed to making STEM learning  accessible and inclusive for all.
  • Help give more students the skills they need to pursue careers in STEM.
  • Help BEST reach and serve more students.  Please give today.

Your Donation Goes Further on Colorado Gives Day!
Colorado's largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, is taking place on Tuesday, December 5,  2017.   On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours.  When you donate to Rocky Mountain BEST, you're helping us bring FREE Robotics Competition to more Colorado Middle and High Schools.   Please help us reach our goal. Thanks to the $1  Million Incentive Fund from Community First Foundation and FirstBank, your donation goes  further on Colorado Gives Day.   To donate to us on Colorado Gives Day, go to the Rocky Mtn BEST  Colorado Gives Web Page . Or, beginning November 1, schedule your donation early!  Use this FAQ link to learn out more about Colorado Gives Day and how to schedule your donation early.
About Colorado Gives Day
  • Colorado Gives Day, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round website featuring more than 2,000 nonprofits.
  • ColoradoGives.org encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online.
Outreach
Colorado BEST STEM Outreach Events 
17 November Events
 
LOGO
RM BEST will be represented at two events on November 17th:
  • Colorado Science Conference at Denver Mart for Colorado Science Teachers Professional Development regarding science content, education strategy, and research. The conference is geared towards anyone interested in science education, including K-12 teachers, college instructors, informal educators, administrators, pre-service teachers, and retired teachers. 
     Want to learn more about the conference? Here is a link to the Conference Sessions at-a-Glance Sheet.
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Rocky Mountain AIAA LogoSection 6th Annual Technical Symposium at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  Use this link to register for the symposium, non-members welcome.   https://www.aiaa-rm.tech/register/
We continue to spread the word about BEST!!  How about you?
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UNABLE TO VOLUNTEER?  MORE WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE
Donations - You can also 
donate ANYTIME

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.
 
   
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Why not donate your vehicle today? All you need to do is to complete our  SIMPLE ON LINE FORM  or call 1-866-628-2277 and we'll take care of the rest. We will pick up your vehicle, arrange to have your donation towed, and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt, all at no charge to you. 
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