Welcome to the 2017 September
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter  
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2017 Kickoff Game Field
Click above Crossfire Game Photo For 5 min Game Video

Introducing the 2017 Game with Robots Launching Practice Golf Balls (WATER) to Knock Down the Cups (FLAMES) and MORE!
2017 Crossfire Logo
2017 BEST Robotics Game - Crossfire

Last days to volunteer for October Events. Please send an email to  linda.king@bestinc.org  to volunteer or for more information. No previous experience or specific skills required. Help for 2 hours or all day.   

2017 EVENT
Date and Location
Practice Day - End of Week 5: Time for student teams to practice with their robot on 4 quadrant game field. New practice schedule in 2017.

Jointly with Front Range BEST
14 October 
8 AM - 5 PM
Englewood High School 3800 S Logan St. Englewood
Setup Friday 13 Oct 
6 PM - 9 PM
Game Day - End of Week 6: Student teams compete for awards on 4 quadrant game f ield.
21 October
7:30 AM - 6 PM
Auraria Event Center
Setup Friday 20 Oct 
4 PM - 9 PM
BEST Denver Regional - More to come about the inaugural event for Colorado BEST Hub teams
Saturday - Sunday
16-17  December
Auraria Event Center
Setup Friday 15 Dec


An enthusiastic group of talented students

We are thrilled to host schools from the Denver metro area and around Colorado.

Rocky Mtn BEST Signed Up School 
as of 9 September 2017
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 *
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
Thomas Jefferson High School Denver
Vista Peak Exploratory Aurora
Westgate Community School * Adams 12
West Middle School * Cherry Creek

* Rookie School
No experience required.
We hope you will join in the fun!    
Email  Linda.King@bestinc.org  Questions? Need more information? or to Sign up!
" We are giving vision to young men and women, they may not be able to find otherwise, that will take them places they would not be able to go without this experience.  I am proud to serve with you, investing in the hope of our future."  
Jon Barber , Volunteer, Pit Boss

2017 Kickoff Game Field
October Event Volunteer Opportunities
RM BEST Practice Day
13  October, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 14  October,
 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Englewood High School
3800 S Logan St,  Englewood

  1. Move & setup volunteers Friday (2-4 hrs)
  2. Compliance Check Saturday (8 hrs)*
  3. Volunteer Registration Saturday (2-4 hrs)
  4. Pit Support Saturday (6 hrs)
  5. Staging Support Saturday (3 hrs*)
  6. Cleanup and move Saturday (2-4 hrs)
  7. Hospitality Saturday (6 hrs)
  8. Announcer Saturday (3 hrs*)  
  9. Marketing Presentation Judges Saturday (8 hrs*)

2017 Kickoff Volunteers

RM BEST Game Day 
20 October, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 21 October,  
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Downtown Denver 
Auraria Event Center

Volunteer  Options 
  1. Move and setup Friday (2-4 hrs)
  2. Compliance Check Saturday (3 hrs *)
  3. Team Registration Saturday (2-4 hrs)
  4. Volunteer Registration Saturday (2-5 hrs)
  5. Pit Support Saturday (2-8 hrs)
  6. Staging Support Saturday (8 hrs)
  7. Cleanup and move Saturday (2 hrs)
  8. Hospitality Saturday (6 hrs)
  9. Judges Saturday (7 hrs*)

  • Jobs in GREEN need volunteers who are able to cover both 14 AND 21 October.
  •  Jobs with * require a few hours of advance training and/or reading. 
  • All other jobs receive directions the day of the event. 
2017 Kickoff Englewood HS 2017 Kickoff Volunteers 2017 Kickoff Game Field


Save December 16 and 17 at Auraria Event Center on your calendar

We are busy working to make this inaugural event AWESOME and we will need your help.

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

Our volunteers will find this event is similar to Game Day - with a 2 1/2 day  schedule and TONS of FUN and EXCITEMENT.  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  - 11-14 December 
Engineering Notebook Judging
Engineering Notebook Judges
Friday, 15 December
Moving & Facility Setup,
 Feed volunteers
Movers and help with 2 game field, pit and lobby setup
Volunteer hospitality support.
Saturday, 16 December
BEST Award Team Judging,  
Robot Compliance Check,  
Team Practice,
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,
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 later when we have a more solid schedule and understanding of what types of volunteers we will need at what specific times.  

For now, please SAVE THESE DATES for BEST Robotics Denver Regional!

Colorado BEST STEM Outreach Events 

Aurora 8th Grade Students Explore Career Options 

 "Hey, cool.  What's this?" 
 "This is a robot built by a middle school team for the 2015 Pay Dirt game. Would you like to drive it?"

And so began many conversations about BEST and the work skills that participating in a BEST competition develops. The discussions took place at the CareerTrek 2017 for all eighth grade students in Aurora Public Schools held on September 28 & 29. RM BEST participated on 28 September.

The students were able to see what was involved in this segment of robotics:  engineering design, programming, driving skills and strategies, and teamwork in building the robot.  One girl commented that it would take her a year to build a robot like the one she was driving. BUT she was told that the team built the robot in six weeks with a lot of cooperative work within the team. BEST emphasizes teamwork among individuals-as well as from school to school. 

Seven Aurora schools are participating in the 2017 Crossfire game.  Maybe there is a possibility of more Aurora schools joining BEST next year!!  SPECIAL THANKS to Lori Lazuk for supporting the Aurora Public Schools CareerTrek 2017!

17 November Events
RM BEST will be represented at two meetings on November 17th:
  • Colorado Science Conference at Denver Mart for Colorado Science Teachers Professional Development, and
  • AIAA Logo American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Rocky Mountain Section Annual Technical Symposium.
We continue to spread the word about BEST!!  How about you?
Donations - You can also 
donate ANYTIME

 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.
Wondering what to do with your  used car or truck?  
Donating your old vehicle to ROCKY MOUNTAIN BEST is convenient, easy, and may qualify you for a tax deduction. And best of all, your donation of a used car or tr uck will make a big difference in supporting ROCKY MOUNTAIN BEST.
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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